NEW YORK — New York City has recorded the lowest number of annual civilian fire deaths in its history.
Fifty eight civilians across the five boroughs died in fires in 2012. That's four fewer than the previous record low of 62 set in 2010. The top causes of fatal fires last year were accidental electrical fires, smoking, incendiary fires and cooking-related fires.
The city also has recorded its fastest average ambulance response time for life-threatening medical emergencies. It's exactly 6½ minutes — a second faster than in 2011.
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Walter KobylkaThursday, January 03, 2013 7:27:52 PMAlways good to see that civilian fatalities are being reduced! Fire education, good building codes, the public's self awareness... this all contributes to a safer way of living!
Dean DennisMonday, June 24, 2013 5:13:58 AMBoston averages one fire death per year because they mandate photoelectric smoke alarms.
Adrian ButlerMonday, June 24, 2013 6:02:39 AMYep, this is a tribute to Chief Jay Fleming and the amazing work he has done for two decades . . . The Boston Benchmark!,
Jim OsbornMonday, June 24, 2013 6:42:26 AMWay to go posting this. Awareness is the most important thing we can do when it comes to smoke alarms.