BDFD Calls For Better Safety Practices As Home Fire Deaths Rise

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is calling for better at home safety practices as there is a statewide surge in fire deaths. Captain of Fire Prevention John Jatczak says there have been an unusual increase in fire deaths across Wisconsin in 2022.

He says the State Fire Inspector Association recently issued a press release to create awareness around fire safety and the use of sprinklers. The next day a 64-year-old Fitchburg man died in a structure fire, marking the 34th fire death in the state so far this year.

According to the Fire Inspector’s Association, there were 40 civilian home fire deaths in 2021, a decrease from the 52 reported in 2020. The Association says without a home fire sprinkler system, fires can become more deadly in as little as two minutes. The top five causes of residential structure fires are cooking, heating, electrical, smoking, and candles. 

Safety tips include installing smoke alarms inside and outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Testing the alarms monthly, sleep with the bedroom door closed to prevent the spread of smoke and fire as well as develop and practice an escape plan.