Fire Safety & Prevention
Any Fire Safety or Code Compliance Questions Contact:
Capt. James Pollard-Inspector
FF/EMT Kenneth Trofatter-Quarterly Inspections
Office #: (978)465-3631
E-mail #: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire Safety Facts
- In 2002, 79% of fires in the United States occurred in the home, resulting in 2,670 fire deaths.
- In the U.S., someone dies from a home fire roughly every 197 (2002) minutes.
- In Canada, someone is fatally injured in a home fire roughly every 31 hours.
- Roughly 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 hours.
- Although children five and under make up about 9% of the country's population, they accounted for 17% of the home fire deaths.
- Smoking 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.
- Since the 1970's, when smoke alarms first became widely available to households in the United States, the home fire death rate has been reduced by half.
- Nineteen of every 20 homes (95%) in the U.S. have at least one smoke alarm.
- More than half of home fire deaths result from fires in the 5% of homes with no smoke alarms.
- In one-quarter of the reported fires in homes equipped with smoke alarms, the devices did not work, most often because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries.
- In a 1999 survey, only eight percent of those whose smoke alarms had sounded in the past year initially thought that a fire had caused the alarm to sound and thought they should get out of their homes as a result.
- Smoke alarms that a