State fire fatality numbers down in 2013

Friday, May 30, 2014

The annual Fire Fatality Report for 2013 is now available on the web. With over 91% of the fire fatalities occurring in residential occupancies, being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a fire can save lives. 

“We want to raise awareness about the danger of fire and the frequency of home fire deaths,” says State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “How we and our communities fare in a fire emergency depends heavily on the planning and preparation that we put into practice.” 

For the second year in a row, Washington State has continued to see a decrease in fire related fatalities, with a total of fifty-four fatalities reported in 2013. 

The data used for this report was received from fire and law enforcement agencies throughout Washington State. It was then collected into a centralized database for analysis and report development in accordance with Revised Code of Washington 43.44.060.
 
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington State’s firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.



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