Fire Prevention &
IN THE HOME
the National Fire Protection Association,
- In 2003,
80% of fires in the United States occurred in the home,
resulting in 3,925 fire deaths.
- In the
U.S., someone dies from a home fire roughly every 134
Canada, someone is fatally injured in a home fire roughly
every 31 hours.
half of all home fire deaths in the U.S. resulted from fires
that were reported between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00
a.m. But only one-quarter of home fires occur between those
children five and under make up about 9% of the country's
population, they accounted for 17% of the home fire deaths.
was the leading cause of home fire deaths overall, but in
the months of December, January and February, smoking and
heating equipment caused similar shares of fire deaths.
- Every 20
seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in
With these startling
statistics in mind, here are some safety tips for you:
Smoke is responsible for three
out of four deaths.
- Install smoke detectors on
every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.
- Test every detector at
least once a month. [See your instruction book for the
location of the test button.]
- Keep smoke detectors dust
free. Replace batteries with new ones at least once a year,
or sooner if the detector makes a chirping sound.
- If you have a smoke
detector directly wired into your electrical system, be sure
that the little signal light is blinking periodically. This
tells you that the alarm is active.
- Inexpensive smoke detectors
are available for the hearing impaired.