!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a73dfdd0a9970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a73dfdd0a9970d-320wi|alt=Number 1|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Number 1|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a73dfdd0a9970d img-responsive!St. Louis has been named the most fire safe metropolitan city in the Midwest by an insurance organization. According to CBS Radio, HomeownersInsurance.com ranked the 10 largest Midwest metros, outlining residential fire risk, preparedness, and response time to fires. St. Louis was given high marks for having a high percentage of homes with updated electrical and HVAC units. The report also noted St. Louis for the percentage of smoke-free households–84.9 percent.
“The designation as the most fire safe city in the Midwest means a great deal to the city of St. Louis,” says St. Louis Fire Department Battalion Chief Derrick Phillips, a member of NFPA’s Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force. “The report shows that when a community comes together to tackle a serious issue, such as fire, the rewards are great. The citizens and firefighters are safer due to a decreased fire rate. For the St. Louis Fire Department, it proves that the work in fire prevention and community outreach have been successful in changing behaviors and curtailing potential fire related problems.”
Cities were also ranked on the percentage of households with smoke alarms . Chief Phillips added that the fire department’s smoke alarm installation program, which is featured in NFPA’s Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program, has been instrumental in getting fire safety messages to the public to elicit behavior change.
The report lists Chicago in second place and Indianapolis in third for the ranking.
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