Home Fire Deaths Trending High in 2022

file image

Marshfield Fire & Rescue Educates on Fire Safety

Wisconsin home fire deaths are trending high in 2022, with 33 people killed this year so far – including one death in Marshfield. In 2021, this is especially heartbreaking because there were only 40 civilian home fire deaths in Wisconsin in 2021, and
that was down from 52 in 2020.

“The trend is continuing in that direction and we definitely want to prevent it in our community,” said Everett Mueller, Marshfield’s Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention and Area 9 Chairperson for WSFIA.

In conjunction with the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association (WSFIA), Marshfield Fire & Rescue Department (MFRD) is hoping to raise awareness of this issue to prevent future avoidable deaths.

“We at MFRD want to make sure we are jumping on board with this campaign to remind everyone in our area of a few safety tips to help reduce this alarming rate of civilian home fire deaths,” said Mueller. “There are some easy safety tips that we encourage people to follow.”

Safety tips to prevent fire deaths at home:

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.
  • Add a fire extinguisher to the home
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed to prevent the spread of smoke and fire.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking or baking. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the number one cause of home fires.
  • Develop and practice an escape plan.
  • Consider installing home fire sprinklers, especially if you are in the process of, or thinking about building a new home. It’s much cheaper to install sprinkler systems during the construction phase vs. retrofitting a home with a system.

“We’ve got a couple of different programs and a great fire prevention team that works hard each and every day to make sure our community is safe,” said Mueller. “Some of those programs are in school fire prevention education, Youth Fire-setter Intervention Program at the department, routine fire inspections in local businesses, installation of smoke detectors in partnership with Red Cross for high rick residences and public education outreach at local community events.”

To learn more, contact MFRD at 715-486-2094.

We welcome your stories! Contact us at [email protected]!

News Desk
Author: News Desk

This piece was posted by our news team! Contact us or submit stories at [email protected]