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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In 2022, the Springfield Fire Department has already responded to five residential structure fires resulting from careless smoking.
On average, the department responds to nearly 20 fires per year which occur as a result of careless smoking or inappropriate disposal of smoking materials.
“The leading cause of accidental fires in the City of Springfield is one which is completely preventable through use of safe practices,” said Fire Chief David Pennington
To keep you and your family safe, the Springfield Fire Department recommends these safety tips if you smoke:
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. . If you need assistance with replacement of your battery or need a new smoke alarm, please contact the Springfield Fire Department at 417-874-2300. Batteries and smoke alarms are installed by your firefighters free of charge.
For media only: For more information, call the Springfield Fire Department media line at 417-874-2301.