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FT 104 Did You Know

  1. 1. Did you know how to make home fires less deadly?Blake BoutillierFT104 2/18/10Prof. Freeman<br />
  2. 2. In regards to a fire in your home, that the death rate risk has remained relatively unchanged over the last 30 Years.<br />
  3. 3. The death rate per 1000 home fires in 1977 was 8.1 . In 2008 that number was 7.2 . Not very much improvement for 31 years.<br />
  4. 4. How is that number still so high and how can we bring it down?<br />
  5. 5. Did You Know?<br />
  6. 6. While residential structure fires account for only 25 percentof fires nationwide, they account for a disproportionate share of losses: 83 percent of fire deaths.<br />
  7. 7. Four out of five U.S. fire deaths in 2005 occurred in homes .<br />
  8. 8. Major Death Rate Risk Contributors:-Absent or Not Working Smoke Alarms-Alcohol-Winter Holidays-Unsupervised Children-Matches/Lighters-Smoking-Mattress/Bedding Fires<br />
  9. 9. Did You Know?<br />
  10. 10. 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.<br />
  11. 11. 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.<br />
  12. 12. From 1996–98, 55% of home fires with fatalities had no alarm present or operating<br />
  13. 13. Make Sure Your Smoke Detector Works!<br />When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.<br />
  14. 14. Did You Know?<br />
  15. 15. A winter holiday fire carries twice as many fatalitiesas an average day fire.<br />
  16. 16. When Christmas trees are the material first ignited in residential structures, fatalities per fire are eight times higher than fires ignited by other materials.<br />
  17. 17. In 1996-1998 there was on average 20 home fires a day on Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 set by children playing with fire.<br />
  18. 18. In 1996-1998 there was on average over 50 homes a dayon Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 set by children playing with fire.<br />
  19. 19. Answer: Supervision means your children are less likely to play with and start a fire.<br />
  20. 20. Did You Know?<br />
  21. 21. Children as young as age two can strike a match and start a fire.<br />
  22. 22. Which is statistically a more deadly fire? one caused arson, open flame, or child’s play.<br />Reason: People may not be home during an arson, but more than likely will be home during a child’s play fire.<br />
  23. 23. 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. <br />Keep your lighters and matches in one safe place away from children.<br />
  24. 24. Did You Know?<br />
  25. 25. Smokingis theleading cause offire-relateddeaths.<br />
  26. 26. 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.<br />That fatality rate is increased by a product of 4.<br />
  27. 27. Deaths per thousand home fires 1st Place: Smoking Related- 25.12nd Place: Child’s play- 14.0<br />The average deaths per thousand in a home fire- 6.5 persons<br />
  28. 28. 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. <br />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.<br />
  29. 29. Deaths from mattress/bedding fires are more than twice those from all residential structure fires. <br />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.<br />
  30. 30. 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. <br />
  31. 31. Now you know.<br />
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