Sadly, the numbers don’t lie. So, if you think, “I’ll never get caught in a fire.”, think again. According to the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Agency:
- Somewhere this minute 5 American homes are on fire.
- The average family will experience three fires per decade; two per lifetime serious enough to report to the fire department.
- The homes and buildings destroyed by fire in one year, if side-by-side, would extend from New York City to Los Angeles.
Now, you still may think you’re protected because you have smoke alarms. These alarming statistics may make you think twice about it.
- The U.S. has one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialized world.
- Although 97% of homes have smoke detectors, the fire death rate in recent history does not reflect the anticipated decrease. In fact in many recent years the death rate has increased.
- Home fires are the third leading cause of accidental death of children in the U.S.
- Each year, 1.5 million Americans are injured by fire and many never resume normal lives.
To put this problem into perspective, each year fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined… and kills three times more children annually than polio ever did when the disease was a runaway epidemic.