The department has an active prevention bureau, staffed with several Fire Prevention Officers and Inspectors. The office handles fire investigations and provides community education through a variety of informational programs.
It is tragic that fire can kill selectively. Those most at risk include …
Children – Approximately 1,000 children under the age of 20 die annually in home fires. Children under the age of 5 are at twice the risk of dying in a home fire. In homes without working smoke alarms, 80% of child victims were killed.
Seniors – Many seniors are unable to escape quickly and the death rates are higher. Adults older than age 75 are 3 times more likely to die in home fires than are the rest of the population. Adults older than 85 are 4.5 times more likely to die in a home fire.