July 30, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Careless smoking causes 10 fires in Springfield in 2012

An apartment fire July 13 on Marion St. marks the tenth fire caused by careless smoking in Springfield since the beginning of the year. So far this year, nearly $3 million in property has been lost at the hands of careless smokers and nearly 3/4 of those were due to improper disposal of a cigarette on a balcony or patio.  Also alarmingly, the percent of fires caused by careless smoking in Springfield since 2009 is four times the national average.

With that in mind, the Springfield Fire Department is partnering with the Greater Springfield Apartment & Housing Association to bring awareness to this important issue. Firefighters and members of the Greater Springfield Apartment & Housing Association remind you to follow these tips if you do choose to smoke in your apartment:

In the next few months, the Springfield Fire Department and members of the Greater Springfield Apartment & Housing Association will begin distributing door hangers at area apartment buildings, reminding tenants of these important tips.

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For more information, contact: Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Restelli Erwin, (417) 864-1699 or Jean Harmison with the Greater Springfield Apartment & Housing Association at (417) 883-4942.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire