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146 Iowa lives saved from smoke alarms in 2010

DES MOINES (KWWL)-- Working smoke alarms are credited for saving 146 lives in Iowa in 2010. The State Fire Marshal breaks down some other interesting statistics of 2010:

95% - The percentage of smoke alarm saves that occurred after 11 p.m. and before 6 a.m.

5 -  Iowa children who lost their lives in a fire in 2010 (ages 3-17).

5 - Number of persons who died outside of a residence (vehicles, machinery, or burning brush).

27 - Fire deaths that occurred at a residence (mostly single family homes).

21 - The number of fire deaths that occurred in the fall and winter months of January, February, March, October, November, and December.

October - The deadliest month in 2010, with 10 fire deaths (nearly 1/3 of the total).

345 - The number of people admitted to the University of Iowa Burn Unit with serious burns in 2010.

24% - Percentage of the 334 hospital admittances at the U of I Burn Unit that were children.

$7.34 Billion - Dollars spent for medical care of burn survivors in America last year.

The Iowa fire service and University of Iowa Burn Unit are working together to stop these preventable deaths. State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds said, "Our goal with counting lives saved was to focus on something positive. The words ‘fire' and ‘tragedy' are used together far too often."


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