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No Child Fire Deaths in Alaska in 2004


January 24, 2005

The Alaska Division of Fire Prevention announced that no children under the age of 19 died from fire in Alaska in 2004. This is the first year without a child fire death in Alaska since recording began in 1961.

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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Alaska Division of Fire Prevention
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