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Fire Administration "Get Out Safely" fact sheet.

HAVE A SOUND FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

In the event of a fire, remember - time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.

  

U.S. HOME STRUCTURE FIRES FACT SHEET

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 358,300 home structural fires per year during 2010-2014. 

These fires caused an annual average of:

  • 2,520 civilian fire deaths,
  • 12,720 civilian fire injuries, and
  • $6.7 billion in direct damage.
  • 93% of all structure fire deaths resulted from home fires.
  • On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day.

2015 FIRES BY THE NUMBERS

  • 501,500 fires occurred in structures, a slight increase of 1.5%
  • 365,500 fires or 73% of all structure fires occurred in home structures, which include one and two family homes, manufactured homes and apartments. This was a slight decrease of 0.5 percent.

CIVILIAN FIRE DEATHS

  • 3,280 civilian fire deaths in 2015, an increase of 0.2% from 2014.
  • 2,560 or 78% of all civilian fire deaths occurred in the home, a decrease of 6.7% compared to 2014.

CIVILIAN FIRE INJURIES

  • 15,700 civilian fire injuries occurred in 2014, a decrease of 0.5%. Many civilian injuries are not reported to the fire service, and the estimate for civilian injuries may be low.
  • 13,000 or 83 percent of all civilian injuries occurred in structure fires.
  • Home fires were responsible for 11,075 civilian injuries, or 71 percent of all civilian injuries, in 2015.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

  • An estimated $14.3 billion in property damage occurred as a result of fire in 2015, an increase of 23.2 percent from the previous year.
  • Of this, $10.3 billion in property damage occurred in structure fires, including $7 billion in property loss in home fires.

Sources: U.S. Fire Loss for 2015

Homes Fact Sheet


SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

   Practice Escaping From Every Room In The Home

Practice escape plans every month. The best plans have two ways to get out of each room. If the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. A secondary route might be a window onto an adjacent roof or using an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) approved collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows. Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly and that security bars can be properly opened. Also, practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.

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Emmitsburg, MD 21727
   
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