Leadership

Operation Dixieland Is Special Effort To Reduce High Life-Loss Record

Issue 9 and Volume 134.

Operation Dixieland Is Special Effort To Reduce High Life-Loss Record Of the 10 states with the worst fire death rate, nine are southeastern states. Because the United States fire death rate exceeds all other industrialized nations, those southeastern states lead the world in loss of life by fire, based on deaths per million population. Now a special effort—Operation Dixieland—is under way to reduce losses in the State of Arkansas. An estimated 100 to 120 persons are killed each year by fire in Arkansas (52.8 per million), placing the state in the middle of the worst-10 group. In addition, over 500 are injured each year by fire in the state. Arkansas’ leading fire problems are in single-family residences (both rural and urban) and the state’s forest and wildlands. Improper heating and careless use of smoking materials are the major causes of fatal fires in the state. The citizens of Arkansas became…

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