Fire Statistics

Most fires and almost all burn accidents can be prevented with the proper equipment and education.

Firefighters have found that 70% of all fire-related deaths were actually the result of smoke inhalation. Hot flames and burns only account for less than 30% of fire-related deaths and injuries.

That’s why it’s crucial to have working smoke detectors, and an escape plan in place.

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Smoke alarm and sprinkler system statistics

  • Most U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm
  • Only 75% of those smoke alarms are working
  • Sprinkler systems reduce the risk of death and injury in a residential fire by nearly 75%.
  • Fire-related deaths have been reduced by 82% with working smoke detectors and sprinkler systems

Causes of Fires

  • Most home fires start in the kitchen
  • Most fatal fires can be traced back to cigarettes, or similar smoking materials
  • Hair curlers, curling irons, room heaters, ovens and ranges, irons, gasoline, and fireworks are the top causes of burns to children
  • Most scald burns to children are the result of spilling hot liquids

Where Fires Occur

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  • 50% of children under the age of 5 who were killed in a fire were asleep at the time
  • 1/3 children killed in fatal fires were too young to react appropriately
  • Most home fires happen during the weather months, usually December through February
  • Most fires started by children occur because the child was left unsupervised

Who is at Risk

  • Those without a working smoke detector are at the greatest risk of fire-related injuries
  • Children age 5 and under twice as likely to be caught in a fatal fire than any other age group

If you or a loved one has suffered severe burns due to someone else’s negligence, our burn injury attorneys can help. Call The Barnes Firm now or contact us here.

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