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"Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. © 2016 NFPA."
Fast facts about fire
•Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.

•One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.

•Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

•In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,755 deaths, 12,200 civilian injuries, and $7.0 billion in direct damage

•Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013.

•Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.

•Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.

•Most fatal fires kill only one or two people. In 2013, 12 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 67 deaths.

•During 2007-2011, roughly one of every 320 households had a reported home fire per year.

"Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. © 2016 NFPA."
Smoke Alarms

•Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

•Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

•In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.

•When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

•An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended. 

Here's what you need to know!

•Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.

•Test your smoke alarms every month.

•When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.

•Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
Click on the links above to open informational files on topics such as cooking safety, Electrical Safety, and Getting to know your Smoke Alarm.