Facts that Should Concern Everyone- A Must Read!
Each year in the United States, fires claim more lives than all other natural disasters combined. Sadly, many of the deaths caused by fire could easily have been prevented had working smoke detectors been present in the homes.
Statistics That Tell A Story
- On average in the United States in 2007, someone died in a fire about every 150 minutes, and someone was injured every 30 minutes.
- 1.6 million fires were reported.
- 3,430 civilians lost their lives as a result of fire.
- Children face a greater risk of injury or death from a fire, with the risk to children under 5 yrs of age almost doubling.
- 80% of deaths as a result of fire occurred in the home.
- Homes with smoke alarms typically have a death rate that is 40 percent to 50 percent less than the rate for homes without alarms.
- 95% of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, yet more than half of home fire deaths occur in the 5 percent of homes with no smoke alarms.
- Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.
- Fires within homes are not bright, they are just the opposite. Thick black smoke quickly makes it completely dark and almost impossible to see around you, making it difficult to find your way.
- Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires.
- Heat from a fire can kill. Temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at near the floor and rise to over 600 degrees at eye level.
- The risk of dying form fires in homes without smoke detectors is twice as high as in homes that have working smoke alarms.
- Most fire related deaths occur at night, while family members are asleep.
Source: National Fire Protection Association Fire Loss in the U.S. During 2006, USFA's Statistics in the United States in 2007 and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission document #5077.