Sep 29 2010
October 3-9 is 2010’s Fire Prevention Week. The House Plan Shop is doing our part to raise awareness about fire safety. Below is a list of facts about home fires and smoke alarms as reported by the National Fire Prevention Association.
· Cooking is the leading cause of house fires and injuries.
· Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in a reported fire by 50%.
· Approximately 75% of all homes in the United States have at least one working smoke alarm.
· Nearly 3000 people die in the US every year in home fires.
· Smoking is the #1 cause of fire deaths.
· Heating is the second leading cause of house fires.
· Between 2003-2006, nearly 66% of home fire deaths resulted from home fires in homes that did not have a smoke alarm or did not have a working smoke alarm.
· Electrical malfunctions and failures are factors in nearly 50,000 reported fires every year.
· According to a 2008 survey, only 12% of participants knew smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
· In 2008, someone was injured in a reported home fire every 40 minutes.
· In 2008, approximately eight people died in home fires every day.
· In 2008, a fire department responded to a home fire every 82 seconds.
Keeping these stunning facts in mind, it is time to practice fire prevention at home. Watch for our upcoming blog about fire prevention and fire safety at home. We don’t want you, your family or your home to become another statistic on this list.