It was a milestone year for the Philadelphia Fire Department, reports NBC 10 Philadelphia.
According to a new report, there were 24 fire fatalities in Philadelphia in 2013, the lowest number in the city’s recorded history.
Of the 24 fire-related deaths this year, eleven occurred in ten properties that did not have smoke alarms or had alarms with non-working or missing batteries.
“In keeping with the Fire Department’s goal of Zero Fire Fatalities and full implementation of Community Risk Reduction, smoke alarms continue to be the best method for early warning of fires, and Philadelphia continues to see a trend in the reduction of fire fatalities,” Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers wrote in a written release.
The Fire Department currently uses “Community Risk Reduction” programs under their theme “Freedom From Fire” which debuted in 2008. Through the programs, the department shares information about fire safety and helps residents who are in need of smoke alarms but can’t afford to buy one.
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