Facts About Fire

Know the Facts

  • Three in every ten people reported that home fires started in the kitchen more than any other place in the home.
  • Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States.
  • Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of home fire deaths in the United States.
  • Nearly half of fatal Unite States home smoking fires start in upholstered furniture.
  • Non-smokers can help smokers make sure ashes, embers, and butts do not fall in or on couches and chairs, and that ashes and butts are doused with water before being thrown away.
  • Heating equipment fires are the second leading cause of home fires and of related deaths.
  • Candle fires are on the rise in the United States. In recent years, candles have been associated with more than 10,000 home fires, more than 150 related deaths, and more than 1,000 related injuries each year.
  • Smoke detectors are the most effective early warning device available.
  • Having working smoke detectors listed by a qualified testing laboratory in your home cuts your chance of dying in a fire nearly in half.
  • One-half of fire deaths occur in the six percent of homes with no smoke detectors.
  • Automatic fire sprinkler systems typically reduce chances of dying in a fire and the average property loss by one-half to two-thirds in any kind of property where they are used.