In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage.
- 92% of all civilian fire deaths resulted from home structure fires in the U.S.
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
- Kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires (42%) and civilian home fire injuries (38%).
- Home structure fires peak around dinner hours between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
- Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
- Only 4% of home fires started in the living room, family room, or den; but these fires caused 24% of home fire deaths.
- 7% of reported home fires started in the bedroom. These fires caused 25% of home fire deaths, 20% of home fire injuries, and 14% of the direct property damage.
- Three out of five reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarm present (37%), or at least one was present but none operated (23%).
- Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2011, 12 home fires killed five or more people.
The best way to prevent a home fire injury or death is to be prepared. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are a small investment that can save lives.
For more information on how to protect your home, contact:
Florida Fire Service – (877) 662-3473