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Fast facts about fire


Home fires
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.

 
 
Escape Planning
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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2017 Fire Prevention Week – Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™


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.

 
 

Fast Fire Facts (pt. 2) – Fire Prevention Week 2016

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With Fire Prevention Week 2016 wrapping up I thought I would share part 2 of some fast fire fact’s that NFPA shared.
 
Escape planning
* 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, more than half never 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!

 
Heating
* The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean. This usually involved creosote build-up in chimneys.
* Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in one-third (33%) of home heating fires and four out of five (81%) home heating deaths.
* Just over half of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.
* In most years, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths, and fire injuries

 

Fast Fire Facts (pt. 1) – Fire Prevention Week 2016

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Leading up to Fire Prevention Week 2016 next week I thought I would share some fast fire fact’s that NFPA shared.
 
Home fires
* Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. 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 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 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.
* Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
* Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2014, 15 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 88 deaths.
* During 2009-2013, roughly one of every 335 households had a reported home fire per year.

 
Smoke alarms
* Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
* Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
* In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
* When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
* An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires.
 
 
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Fire Prevention Week 2016

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This year the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association – NFPA.org) has released its Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Fire Prevention Week occurs October 9th – October 15th. This campaign represents the final year of their three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
 
Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
 
As a result of those and related findings, they’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
* Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
* Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
* To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.