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Fire fatalities increase 157 percent

SPOKANE, Wash. - In the first 71-days of 2009, there have already been 18 confirmed fire fatalities reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  This is a 157 percent increase compared to the same period last year. 

State Fire Marshal Michael Matlick would like everyone to remember this fire prevention advice: "Fires spread quickly, and it is critical for every household to take proper steps to prevent them."  Please use these fire prevention tips:

  • Develop a fire escape for your home and have your whole family practice it.
  • Ensure your smoke alarms are properly installed, have working batteries, and are tested monthly.
  • Do not smoke in bed, and extinguish all smoking material in non-combustible, sturdy containers.
  • Avoid becoming distracted when cooking. Keep all items that can burn or melt, away from the stovetop.
  • Maintain all electrical equipment in your home in good working order. Stop using any damaged electrical appliances until repaired by a qualified repair technician or electrician.

Illegal drug manufacturing operations are a danger to the individuals making the drugs and anyone who may be around them.  Three of this year's fire fatalities were the result of an illegal drug manufacturing operation in a recreational vehicle.  The illegal operation created a fast burning fire that quickly overwhelmed the occupants. 

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