Forty-two people died in fires in Iowa in 2012. That’s according to Iowa Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds.

But he says a record number of lives were saved because smoke alarms alerted 217 people to fires in their home. He says almost all of the people saved by a smoke alarm had been sleeping when fire broke out during night-time hours.

The fire marshal is reminding Iowans of the importance of having working smoke alarms in their home. Reynolds says fires often start small, so advance warning helps save lives and reduce property damage.

More than 200 fire departments have contributed to the installation of more than 33,500 smoke alarms in homes across Iowa since 2010.

Phil Roberts, KWPC News.


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