December 2009 was a deadly month for home fires as there were 15 deaths attributed to fire across Washington state reports the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Already in the New Year, two mobile homes were destroyed by fire in Kent.
Across the nation, there are approximately 3,320 people who lose their lives in fires every year. December and the holiday season can be especially deadly. Colder weather, more indoor activities and the use of candles, holiday decorations and power outages all contribute to fires in December.
The Fire Marshall, Michael Matlick, reminds everyone to think about fire safety. Click here to see the Fire Marshall’s fire prevention tips which include tips on smoking safety, home heating safety, cooking safety, electrical equipment and appliances and smoke alarms.