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  • It does work - Fewer recent fire fatalities in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Fire deaths are down at the beginning of this year in Ohio compared with the same period last year, according to the state fire marshal's office.

    Sixteen Ohioans lost their lives in fires in January 2016, down from 26 in January 2015. The State Fire Marshal’s office is contributing this decrease to a somewhat mild winter, as well as momentum from the office’s "Safe and Sound" fire safety campaign.

    Since the campaign was launched in October 2015, Ohio has had 19 fewer fire fatalities during the same time frame last year (October 2014 – January 2015). That’s a 32 percent decrease in total fatalities during a time span that typically has the most deaths due to colder temperatures and the improper use of alternative heating sources.

    While the figures are decreasing overall, older Ohioans continue to make up the majority of fire fatalities in the state. Of the 16 deaths reported last month, 50 percent were Ohioans age 60 or older.

    To help reverse this trend, fire officials say it is important to check on your elderly and disabled neighbors, offer to test their smoke alarms and make sure they have a fire escape plan in place.

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    The mild winter is a serious contender in the why fires and/or fire deaths are down discussion. If I had to pick a factor that carried the most weight it would be that.
    Nothing against education/prevention. I just know a little something about firefighting in cold weather climates.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by captnjak View Post
      The mild winter is a serious contender in the why fires and/or fire deaths are down discussion. If I had to pick a factor that carried the most weight it would be that.
      Nothing against education/prevention. I just know a little something about firefighting in cold weather climates.
      Pretty simple. Warmer weather=Less heater use=Less fires.

      Again nothing against prevention, as it's what I do, but you certainly have to factor the variables any time you are evaluating fire loss.
      Train to fight the fires you fight.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
        Pretty simple. Warmer weather=Less heater use=Less fires.

        Again nothing against prevention, as it's what I do, but you certainly have to factor the variables any time you are evaluating fire loss.
        Well I think they did factor in both variables. But warmer weather without the campaign may not have had the same positive results. There have been mild winters in the past.

        The article factored in both variables.

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