According to FEMA in 2020, there are about 7 deaths per 1,000 reported home fires per year. The majority of these fires are residential and could have been avoided! Fires can happen at any time of the year, day or night, and can have fatal consequences. Therefore, it extremely important to us that property owners are aware of the significance of this matter. Being informed and prepared is the first step in lowering your risk. Provided below are statistics and information compiled from the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration.
LEADING CAUSES OF FIRE 2011-2015
- Cooking equipment 47%
- Heating 15%
- Electrical and lighting 9%
WHERE DO THE MAJORITY OF FIRES OCCUR?
- Outside or unclassified 45% – this means brush, grass, or forest fires as well as trash fires.
- 47% Residential
- Vehicles 8%
FIRE SAFETY TIPS FROM TRIAGE RESTORATION
- Smoke alarms
- Outside each sleeping area and on each level of your home
- Test frequently
- Fire Extinguisher
- Have at least one fire extinguisher in your home/kitchen in case of small fire
- Do not leave stove/oven on or unattended
- Unattended cooking is the leading fact contributing to a fire! Keep an eye on cooking equipment when in use and always use a timer
- Have heating equipment cleaned and checked each year to make sure everything is working properly
- Watch for space heaters
- Have an escape plan ready and practiced with any and all individuals living in the home in case of a fire
The National Fire Protection Association states, “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,342,000 fires. These fires caused 3,390 civilian deaths and 14,650 civilian injuries” in 2016. It is clear that fires are a very serious issue in the U.S. and can result in complete and utter devastation for those involved. Make sure you and your family are informed about fire safety and prevention to lower your risk of experiencing this type of tragedy.