Fires and burns continue to be a major cause of unintentional injury death at home. Particularly at risk are the very young and the very old.
80 percent of all fire deaths occur in the home (U.S. Fire Administration)
The leading cause of fire deaths is careless smoking (U.S. Fire Administration)
Having a working smoke detector more than doubles 1’s chances of surviving a fire (U.S. Fire Administration)
3,675 people died in fires in the United States in 2005 - 1 person every 143 minutes. While the number of fires increased in 2005 over 2004, the number of deaths decreased 5.8 percent. (National Fire Protection Association).
In 2005, 106 firefighters died in the line of duty in the United States - down from 117 in 2004 (U.S. Fire Administration)
Adults 65 and older are more than twice as likely to die in fires as the overall population. (U.S. Fire Administration study)
People born in 2003 have a 1-in-1,100 lifetime odds of dying due to exposure to smoke, fire or flame. Odds in any given year are 1:86,000. (National Safety Council)
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