Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
One-quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 365,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,560 deaths, 11,075 civilian injuries, and $7 billion in direct damage.
On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
During 2010–2014, roughly, one of every 338 households reported a home fire per year.
According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half ever practiced it.
One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!
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NFPA has developed a series of “Sparky” videos that reinforce important home escape planning and practice messages.
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
* FPW 2017 Escape Plan Grid Draw a map of your home by using our grid with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
* Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
* Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
* Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
* Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
* Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.