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Statistics and Facts You Should Know about House Fires

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Key insights + statistics

  • In a five-year period, house fires caused 2,620 deaths and 6.9 billion in prperty damage (NFPA).
  • In 2018, the national average was 2.5 civilian fire dealths and 9.8 injuries per 1,000 fires (NFDR).
  • The top three cases of fires in homes are cooking, heating equipment, and electrical malfunction (FEMA).
  • It can take just 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major blaze (Department of Homeland Security).
  • An average of 358,500 homes experience a structural fire each year (NFPA).
  • More than 3,000 Americans die in fires each year (FEMA).
  • Everyday, at least one child dies from a fire inside the home (Stanford Children's Hospital). 

Take extra care when making dinner; cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the nation. Additionally caused by faulty heating equipment and electrical malfunction, each year ther's an average of 358,000 house fires according to the National Fire Protection Association. These fires result in 7 dealths everyday. 

What causes house fires? -The facts

The following data comes from the U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), FEMA, and Ready.gov:

  • The top three causes of residential fries are cooking (50% of all fires), heating equipment (12.5%), and electrical malfunction (6.3%).
  • A house fire happens every 87 seconds.
  • Over 22% of non-residential fires are electrical fires, caused by short circuits or wiring problems. 
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires.
  • NFPA reports that close to 30% of fires start in homes.
  • Each year over 18,000 fires are started due to fireworks.
  • In less than 5 minutes, the heat from a house fire can reach over 1100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 45% of home fires in the fall months when most Americans use their fireplaces to keep warm.
  • 96% of all homes in the United States have had some form of fire or somke-related damage.
  • According to Stanford Children's Hospital, of the children hospitalized for burns, 20% of children under age 4 are treated for contact burns. 

If you have fire damage to your home or would like more information on fire prevention give SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, & Del Norte Counties a call (541)808-2600.

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