(DES MOINES) The Iowa Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal Division reports 2011 ended with 186 people saved from fire death or injury by working smoke alarms. Most of the fires from which the citizens escaped, occurred in the evening when the occupants were sleeping. The simple sound of a fire alarm saved their lives.
The two most common causes of these fires were improperly discarded smoking materials or careless smoking, and unattended cooking or stove fires.
While the 186 lives saved by smoke alarms is a positive increase from the 146 lives saved in 2010, it should not overshadow the fact 46 people died from fires in 2011. That is an increase of thirteen deaths compared to the 33 fire deaths from 2010.