Knowing the facts is the key to
• In the United States, someone is fatally injured in a home
fire roughly every 170 minutes.
• In Canada, someone is fatally injured in a home fire roughly
every 31 hours.
• Smoking materials such as cigarettes, cigars and pipes are
the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. The majority
of residential fires associated with smoking materials started as
a result of careless or improper disposal.
|Home escape planning
According to an NFPA survey,
26 percent of Americans said they had never thought about practicing
a home fire escape plan. Three percent said they didn't believe that
practice was necessary.
• During the months of
December, January and February, heating equipment is the leading cause
of home fires. Two-thirds of home heating fire deaths were caused
by portable or fixed space heaters.
• Over the last
decade, candle fires have almost tripled. In 1999 alone, an estimated
fires started by candles were reported to fire departments. These
fires resulted in 102 deaths, 1,473 injuries
and an estimated property loss of $278 million.
• Forty percent of U.S. home candle fires begin in the bedroom.
• More fires start
in the kitchen than in any other place in the home.
• Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire
• Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Fire Prevention Week
October 9-15, 2011
Protect your family from fires!
Fire can spread rapidly through
your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once
the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning
from smoke alarms, and advance planning — a home fire escape plan that
everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced......
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and testing smoke alarms
By installing smoke alarms throughout your residence, and testing
them regularly, you'll be alerted quickly enough to allow you time
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home fire drills
By developing and practicing home fire drills,
you'll increase your family's chances of surviving.
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