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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths nationally, and smoking-related fires remain one of the leading causes of residential fires within the City of Springfield. In 2020, five of the seven fire fatalities in Springfield were related to careless smoking. The Fire Department has already responded to three fires resulting from careless smoking in 2021.
To keep you and your family safe, the Springfield Fire Department recommends these safety tips if you smoke:
View this public service announcement about careless smoking:
Working smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including your basement. Working smoke alarms give you the early warning to get outside safely!
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For media only: For more information, call the Springfield Fire Department media line at 417-874-2301.