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Fire Related Fatalities Down in Washington State, 54 Reported for 2013

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For the second year in a row, Washington State has continued to see a decrease in fire related fatalities, with a total of only 54 fatalities reported in 2013. For the second year in a row, Washington State has continued to see a decrease in fire related fatalities, with a total of only 54 fatalities reported in 2013.
NBCRightNow.com - For the second year in a row, Washington State has continued to see a decrease in fire related fatalities, with a total of only 54 fatalities reported in 2013.

That number is down from 63 deaths in 2012 and 71 from back in 2011.

Staff the Office of the State Fire Marshall said 91-percent of last year's fatalities were in homes, and being prepared for a fire emergency can save lives.

To be prepared firefighters said to install smoke alarms in the hallway, bedrooms, and on each level of your home. Replace units older than 10 years with new ones.

Also test those smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries every year, or sooner, if they start beeping.

They want to remind people to keep at least one fire extinguisher in your home at all times, and to develop a plan with your family that includes two escape routes from every room and establishes a safe meeting spot.

In the report for last year, the most common cause for those fatal house fires was poor electrical wiring.
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