Alarming House Fire Stats and How to Prepare for a House Fire
Homeownership comes with a lot of responsibilities. From upkeep to mortgage payments, owning a home has its benefits but comes with a lot of stress. Additionally, owning a home comes with the threat of a house fire. House fires not only lead to casualties but also $16.7 billion in damage as a direct result of a fire. Here are the startling facts and statistics of house fires in the United States. All data comes from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Number of House Fires, Casualties
Each year there are a reported 358,300 house structure fires creating $16.7 billion in damage. 3/4 of all structure fires are house fires and 93% of fire related deaths are from house fires. 12,720 civilian injuries result from house fires while 2,560 deaths result from house fires. The number one cause of house fires is cooking equipment while smoking causes the most deaths in house fires.
Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers
Smoke alarms save lives. The NFPA found that when smoke detectors are not found within homes, people die.