Statistics can be quite alarming. But they can also be motivational, pushing you to take the necessary steps to make your home as safe as it can be. The NFPA produced a report issued in December of 2018, outlining the devastation fires can cause.
Key findings were:
- U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 355,400 home structure fires per year during 2012-2016. These fires caused an annual average of:
* 2,560 civilian fire deaths
* 11,670 civilian fire injuries
* $6.5 billion in direct property damage
- Four of every five (80%) fire deaths and three of every four fire injuries (74%) were caused by home fires.
- On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day.
- Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and the second leading cause of home fire death. Smoking materials were the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths over the period, although this was not true every year.
Take the time to learn more about how you can protect your home, family and pets. A good place to start is at the NFPA website. There are so many simple things one can do that can make the difference, literally, between life and death.
Consider how easy it is to:
- Ensure your home has functioning Smoke Detectors. Test them regularly.
- Change batteries out annually.
- Devise an escape plan.
- Choose a safe meeting point outside.
- Practice at least twice a year.
Fire Prevention Week is a great reminder to be focused on Fire Prevention and Fire Safety in your home, but in reality, this is something that we should be doing throughout the year. Dedicate the week of October 6th to implementing the steps above in your home, and then make it a regular practice to revisit these practices throughout the year so that your family can be ready any time if the need should arise.