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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2001
NEWS FROM: State Fire Marshal 01-005

Statewide Fire Fatalities Increase in 2000
State Fire Marshal urges citizens to develop a home fire escape plan and
ensure that smoke detectors are working properly.

Fire-related fatalities in Nevada were up 21% in 2000. Fire claimed 28 lives last year, compared with 22 in 1999. The Clark County Fire Department reported the highest number of fatalities with ten fire-related deaths.

2000 Nevada Civilian Fire-Related Fatalities
(as reported by agencies and counties listed) 

Las Vegas Fire Department 3
North Las Vegas Fire Department 5
Boulder City Fire Department 1
Clark County Fire Department  10
City of Henderson 1
City of Sparks 1
Reno/Truckee Meadows Fire Department 3
Humboldt County 1
Lander County 1
Lyon County  1
Nye County  1
2000 Total 28

 "It is very important to develop and practice a home fire escape plan and make sure all home smoke detectors are working properly," said Deputy State Fire Marshal Dennis Ely. "Children are particularly vulnerable to fire and children ages five and under are twice as likely to die in a fire."

The State Fire Marshal provides investigation support and fire training for rural fire departments, inspects schools and other public buildings for fire safety, and regulates the use of fire safety equipment, commercial fireworks displays and the non-mining uses of explosives in Nevada.

For more information on home fire escape planning and other educational materials on fire safety, contact Deputy State Fire Marshal Dennis Ely at (775) 687-4290, or visit the National Fire Prevention website at www.nfpa.org

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