January 24, 2005
The statistics show a decline in child fire deaths, especially in the most recent ten year period. Between 1994 and 2003 an average of three children, under the age of ten, died from fire every year. According to the Alaska Divisiion of Fire Prevention this is a great improvement from the previous period, 1984 to 1993 when an average of 6 children died from fire each year.
"I am encouraged and delighted by this monumental improvement in Alaska's fire fatality record. It shows that parents and care givers are taking personal responsibility for the safety of their children. I feel that our educational efforts are beginning to pay great dividends", said Alaska State Fire Marshal Gary Powell.
Safer home construction and the increasing awareness of fire prevention and safety among parents and care givers are large contributing factors to the decline.
To continue to keep children
safe from fire the Division of Fire Prevention reminds parents
and care givers to keep flame sources away from children and
teach children to treat fire with respect and extreme caution.
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