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Fast Facts About Smoke Alarms and Fire

September 23rd, 2010 by

From the NFPA website: http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=2022&itemID=47397&URL=Safety+Information/Fire+Prevention+Week+2010/Fast+facts+about+smoke+alarms+and+fire

Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.
  • Most homes (96%) have at least one smoke alarm (according to a 2008 telephone survey.)
  • Overall, three-quarters of all U.S. homes have at least one working smoke alarm.
  • Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in U.S. home fires.
  • In 2003-2006, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from home fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in 40% of the home fire deaths.
  • In 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
  • In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate even though the fire was large enough, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms.
  • More than half of the smoke alarms found in reported fires and two-thirds of the alarms found in homes with fire deaths were powered by battery only.
  • Most homes still have smoke alarms powered by battery only. In a 2007 American Housing Survey (AHS), 67% of the respondents who reported having smoke alarms said they were powered by battery only.
  • In a 2008 telephone survey, only 12% knew that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate a smoke alarm, hard-wired alarms operated 91% of the time; battery-powered smoke alarms operated 75% of the time.
  • Interconnected smoke alarms on all floors increase safety.
  • In a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) survey of households with any fires, interconnected smoke alarms were more likely to operate and alert occupants to a fire. (This includes fires in which the fire department was not called.)

Fire

  • Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and injuries.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.
  • Heating is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.
  • Electrical failures or malfunctions are factors in roughly 50,000 reported fires each year.
  • Roughly 30, 000 intentionally set home structure fires are reported each year.

In 2008

U.S. fire departments responded to 386,500 home fires.

  • Home fires killed 2,755 people and injured 13,160.
  • Someone was injured in a reported home fire every 40 minutes.
  • Roughly eight people died in home fires every day.
  • A fire department responded to a home fire every 82 seconds.
  • 83% of all fire deaths and 79% of fire injuries resulted from home fires.
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FAST FACTS ABOUT SMOKE ALARMS AND FIRE

September 22nd, 2010 by

From the NFPA website: http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=2022&itemID=47397&URL=Safety+Information/Fire+Prevention+Week+2010/Fast+facts+about+smoke+alarms+and+fire

Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.
  • Most homes (96%) have at least one smoke alarm (according to a 2008 telephone survey.)
  • Overall, three-quarters of all U.S. homes have at least one working smoke alarm.
  • Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in U.S. home fires.
  • In 2003-2006, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from home fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in 40% of the home fire deaths.
  • In 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
  • In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate even though the fire was large enough, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms.
  • More than half of the smoke alarms found in reported fires and two-thirds of the alarms found in homes with fire deaths were powered by battery only.
  • Most homes still have smoke alarms powered by battery only. In a 2007 American Housing Survey (AHS), 67% of the respondents who reported having smoke alarms said they were powered by battery only.
  • In a 2008 telephone survey, only 12% knew that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate a smoke alarm, hard-wired alarms operated 91% of the time; battery-powered smoke alarms operated 75% of the time.
  • Interconnected smoke alarms on all floors increase safety.
  • In a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) survey of households with any fires, interconnected smoke alarms were more likely to operate and alert occupants to a fire. (This includes fires in which the fire department was not called.)

Fire

  • Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and injuries.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.
  • Heating is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.
  • Electrical failures or malfunctions are factors in roughly 50,000 reported fires each year.
  • Roughly 30, 000 intentionally set home structure fires are reported each year.

In 2008

U.S. fire departments responded to 386,500 home fires.

  • Home fires killed 2,755 people and injured 13,160.
  • Someone was injured in a reported home fire every 40 minutes.
  • Roughly eight people died in home fires every day.
  • A fire department responded to a home fire every 82 seconds.
  • 83% of all fire deaths and 79% of fire injuries resulted from home fires.
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“Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With”

September 20th, 2010 by

buzzlogo “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With” Many people throughout the United States celebrate Fire Prevention Week. This year’s NFPA theme is “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With,” and will be held October 3rd-9th. Some schools hold assemblies, have special classroom lessons and projects, and often invite local fire departments to participate. Community groups are also active in sharing information with it’s members. Look below for a few free or inexpensive resources that can be used to make this a valuable experience for your school or group.

We want to hear what you do to make Fire Prevention Week informative and exciting for your students or community. Send us your photos and share with others your successful and unsuccessful experiences. It is our hope that we can all benefit from this sharing of ideas, and learn better ways to teach our life saving messages.

NFPA lesson plans, coloring books, brochures, videos, bags, banners, etc.
http://www.nfpa.org/catalog/category.asp?category_name=Fire+Prevention+Week&Page=1

Robotronics//Coloring/activity books, bookmarks, crayons & pencils, certificates, robots & costumes, stickers, music, and more.

Fire Prevention
http://www.robotronics.com/products-topmenu-26.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=74

Edmat
http://www.robotronics.com/products-topmenu-26.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=9

Scholastic Fire Safety Resource Center//Free lesson plans, printables, and more resources. http://www.scholastic.com/firesafety/

Sparky.org//Games, activities, cartoons, and more.
http://www.sparky.org/#/Sparky

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