How Many Lives Do Smoke Alarms Really Save?

Last year, we put out a podcast called "Death By Fire? Probably Not." It was about the remarkable decline in fatal fires in the U.S. over the past century, and explored some of the contributing factors.

Joseph M. Fleming, a deputy fire chief with the Boston Fire Department, has now written in with a guest post that challenges what we think we know about smoke alarms. Fleming has more than 30 years of experience in the fire industry (in both firefighting and management), and suggests that people think a little harder about smoke alarms.

Do Smoking Bans Lead to More Fires?

Death by fire has declined significantly over the past 100 years, but there's one surprising policy that may actually increase the prevalence of fires: smoking restrictions and bans.

The Miraculous Decline in Deaths by Fire

New York City is on track this year to break its record for the fewest number of deaths by fire. To me, the decline of death by fire is one of the most underappreciated success stories of the past 100 years.