According to a new study, Home Structure Fires, from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires account for 92 % of fire deaths that occur in structures. These fires cause an average of 2,840 civilian deaths each year.
During the period of 2003-2007, U.S. fire departments respond to approximately 380,000 home fires a year. These fires not only caused a large number of civilian deaths, they also caused an average 13,160 reported civilian fire injuries and $6.4 billion in direct property damage.
From 2003-2007, smoking materials caused the largest number of fire deaths. Heating equipment was the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths.
The leading cause of home structure fires, civilian fire injuries, and unreported fires continue to be cooking equipment. 41% of home fires started in the kitchen area and caused 15% of the home fire deaths and 36% of the reported fire injuries.
It was reported that home fires peaked around dinner hours of 5:00 to 8:00pm. Only 20% of the reported home fires occurred between 11:00pm and 7:00am. However, 52% of home fire deaths resulted from fires reported during these hours. 30% of reported home structure fires and 38% of home fire deaths occurred in the quarter including December, January and February. Reported apartment fires were more likely to start in the kitchen than fires in one and two-family homes.
The two leading items first ignited in home fire deaths are upholstered furniture in 21% of home fire deaths, followed by mattresses and bedding in 13% of the deaths.
In addition to standard smoke detectors, they also recommend the installation of monitored smoke detectors that can be added to your home alarm system. These life saving devices will help ensure that emergency assistance is immediately dispatched to your home at the first puff of smoke.
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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI
Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900