With Fire Prevention Week 2016 wrapping up I thought I would share part 2 of some fast fire fact’s that NFPA shared.
* 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!
* 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