CentralMaine.com published an excellent story on the importance of fire codes in saving lives. Following a year of deadly fires, public safety officials in Maine have been working proactively with building owners to improve fire safety, and bring their buildings up to code. 25 people died in fires in Maine last year, and non-functioning smoke detectors were a major contributing factor. No working smoke detectors were found at the scene of a Portland fire that claimed six lives. More recently, another massive apartment fire broke out in Augusta. The building was up to code, and all residents escaped with their lives – a testament to the effectiveness of fire safety codes.
The full story can be found here.