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New York City sees fewest fire-related deaths in its history

Posted On Wed, January 13, 2010

New York City saw a record year in terms of fire prevention in 2009, as fire-related fatalities hit their lowest levels in the city's history.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano announced on Monday that New York City had only experienced 73 civilian fire deaths in 2009. The figure was the lowest ever recorded for the city, narrowly beating out the previous low of 77 fire deaths that occurred back in 1919.

Additionally, the fire department also recorded the quickest average response time to structural fires in city history at 4 minutes and 2 seconds. Not coincidentally, major fires across the city have decreased by 20 percent over the last two years.

"The Department's record-breaking achievements in 2009 illustrate our dedication to protecting the public not just by responding quickly to emergencies, but by reducing the incidence of fires through education and fire prevention," said Cassano. "We're saving more lives by doing both - getting to fires faster than ever before, and preventing them through improved and expanded education and fire prevention initiatives."

House fires are an event that can have a drastic affect on almost every level of one's insurance coverage, including health and life insurance policies that could adjust accordingly after an injury or medical condition sustained after being in a fire.

Additionally, home insurance policies can often vary the premium rates on their fire protection policies based on the location of the house being considered for a policy. While home in more fire-prone areas may cost more to insure, property in areas with fewer incidents of fires may receive more favorable rates.

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