More than 4,000 Americans die each year
in fires and approximately 25,000 are injured. An overwhelming number of
fires occur in the home. There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive
a fire. It's not a question of luck. It's a matter of planning ahead.
Bedroom Fire Safety
fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans and injures approximately 25,000.
Bedrooms are a common area of fire origin. Nearly 1,000 lives are lost to
fires that start in bedrooms. Many of these fires are caused by misuse or
poor maintenance of electrical devices, such as overloading extension
cords or using portable space heaters too close to combustibles. Many
other bedroom fires are caused by children who play with matches and
lighters, careless smoking among adults, and arson.
Heating Fire Safety
than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other
fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with
wood and solid fuels.
Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas
every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and
stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to
function safely and efficiently.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to practice
the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning.
Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility ...Fire Stops With
Electrical Fire Safety
Electrical fires in our homes claim
the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these
fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but
many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical
appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and
Holiday Fire Safety
Each year fires occurring
during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930
million in damage. According to the United Sates Fire Administration (USFA),
there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy
holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals
can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.
Smoking Fire Safety
- Eighty percent of all
fire deaths occur in the home.
- Careless smoking is the
leading cause of fire deaths!
- Deaths due to fires
caused by careless smoking are particularly avoidable.
- Having a working smoke
alarm more than doubles one's chances of surviving a fire.