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.
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
- 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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