A 2008 survey found that 96% of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2003-2006, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of the five (41%) of the reported home fires.
Almost two-thirds of reported home fire deaths in 2003-2006 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
From 1996–98, 55% of home fires with fatalities had no alarm present or operating
Make Sure Your Smoke Detector Works! When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
Children as young as age two can strike a match and start a fire.
Which is statistically a more deadly fire? one caused arson, open flame, or child’s play. Reason: People may not be home during an arson, but more than likely will be home during a child’s play fire.
Only 19% of all fires ignited by lighters and matches occurred in residential structures in 2002. These fires, however, account for approximately 80% of all fatalities. Keep your lighters and matches in one safe place away from children.
Smokingis theleading cause offire-relateddeaths.
Only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials in 2002. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities. That fatality rate is increased by a product of 4.
Deaths per thousand home fires 1st Place: Smoking Related- 25.12nd Place: Child’s play- 14.0 The average deaths per thousand in a home fire- 6.5 persons
Many smoking fires originate in the bedroom, late in the night when the victims are sleeping. More often than not, the victims were involved with starting the fire itself. New York was the first state to investigate making fire-safe cigarettes available to its residents, and in 2004 New York passed a law requiring the sale of fire-safe cigarettes.
Deaths from mattress/bedding fires are more than twice those from all residential structure fires. Today, the CPSC is developing a new standard that will require mattresses to be resistant from ignition not only by cigarettes but also open flame sources such as candles, matches, and lighters.
As an industry, if we could focus our resources on more proactive education to the public sector on these higher death risk categories, results would show a decrease in loss of life per fire.