November 14, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Report shows most fatal fires preventable

As the Springfield Fire Department continues to increase its focus on fire prevention, a new report shows those efforts are more important than ever. Using data collected from Springfield Fire Marshal investigative files, a report was created to find common factors of fatal fires in Springfield over the last 10 years. Among the findings, nearly all fatal fires investigated between 2003 and 2012 were completely preventable. Of the fatal fires with a determined cause, all except one were caused by human factors. These include careless smoking, improper use of space heaters, candles, children playing with matches or lighters, cooking fires, overloaded extension cords and intentionally set fires. Other findings include:

As we enter into the winter months and most common time for house fires, the Springfield Fire Department hopes citizens will use this information to recognize changes they can make to improve the safety of their homes. Here are some common mistakes seen in homes throughout Springfield:

For more safety tips, visit the City of Springfield Fire Department's website. You may also download the full fire fatality report (pdf).

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