Did you know that roughly 2,500 people die in home fires in the United States each year? Even though we know what causes fires and in some cases we know how to prevent them, this is an astonishing figure. When you break it down – it means an average of 7 people dying in home fires each day.
3 Leading Causes of Home Fires
- Cooking Equipment: accounted for nearly 46% of all home fires between 2010 and 2014 and resulted in 19% of home fire deaths.
- Heating Equipment: accounted for nearly 16% of all home fires during the same time period and resulted again in 19% of the deaths.
- Electrical Distribution or Lighting Equipment: this one hits close to home. This accounted for 9% of home fires from 2010 – 2014.
How Can We Prevent Home Fires?
Unless a fire is set intentionally, we rarely know when they are going to occur. For this very reason it’s imperative to have smoke detectors installed in your home. While most homes have at least one smoke alarm, it pains us to know that roughly three out of five home fire deaths between 2010 and 2014 resulted from fires in homes without a detector or where there was a smoke alarm but it was not working properly. The moral of the story here? If you don’t already have them, you must have smoke detectors installed in your home. And if you already have them in place, please take some time to make sure they’re operating properly.
Don’t become a part of one of those staggering statistics. Call Lon Lockwood Electric today and ask for free consultation with an expert about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and while you’re at it, follow us on Twitter!