Fire Prevention - Know The Facts

Fires and civilian fire deaths have generally been declining over the past two decades. This is good news, however, in the United States last year there were 4,147 deaths from fires, and the total property damage was over 11 billion dollars.

The major causes of home structure fires in the United States from 1994 through 1998 were as follows:

  1. Cooking equipment was responsible for the most fires (91,700)
  2. Heating equipment (59,100)
  3. Arson or suspicious (49,000)
  4. Other equipment (42,800)
  5. Electrical (38,400)
  6. Appliance, tool or air conditioning (29,400)
  7. Smoking materials (21,200)
  8. Open flame, ember or torch (19,700)
  9. Child playing (18,200)
  10. Exposure (to other hostile fires) (15,500)
  11. Other heat source (13,000)
  12. Natural causes (8,400)

For much more important information, please read the following articles:

(Source: Provided with the kind permission of the NFPA, Fire Analysis and Research Division;
Last Editorial Review: 2/8/2002

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