Masonry is SAFE.
Protection from fire. Masonry won’ t burn, therefore it protects those inside s well as your investment in your building and its contents. Masonry walls can built to achieve a 4-hour fire wall - the highest fire rating possible. T
FIRE STATS IN IOWA
2018 Fire Fatalities: 35
2017 Fire Fatalities: 56
2016 Fire Fatalities: 47
For more stats - https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/states/iowa.html
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there were 499,000 structure fires in the United States in 2017, up 4.9 percent from 475,500 fires in 2016, which was the lowest number of fires since the NFPA began collecting data in 1977. Structure fires peaked at 1,098,000 in 1977 and have been trending downward over the past 40 years.
Safety from Tornadoes. Concrete masonry as the primary structural wall element to resist the wind loads and debris impact produced by tornadoes and hurricanes. Even FEMA recommends in construction of storm shelters.
Tornado Stats for Iowa in 2017: https://www.weather.gov/media/dmx/Climate/IowaTorStats2017.pdf