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According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top fire causes are:
- COOKING. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. By following a few safety tips, you can prevent these fires. Download the cooking safety tip sheet.
- HEATING. Heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes. Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 52,050 fires involving heating equipment each year in 2012-2016, accounting for 15% of all reported home fires during this time. These fires resulted in annual losses of 490 civilian deaths, 1,400 civilian injuries, and $1 billion in direct property damage. With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening. Download the heating safety tip sheet.
- ELECTRICAL. Electricity makes our lives easier. However we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind. Get tips that help reduce the potential for electrical damage and injury. Download the electrical safety tip sheet.
- SMOKING. Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. These fires caused 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in direct property damage. Smoking materials caused 5% of reported home fires, 21% of home fire deaths, 10% of home fire injuries, and 6% of the direct property damage.*
*Source: NFPA’s "Latest Estimates of Home Fires Started by Smoking Materials - 2014" Smoking material fires are preventable. Download the smoking safety tip sheet.
- CANDLES. From 2014-2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 7,610 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 81 deaths, 677 injuries and $278 million in direct property damage. Learn to avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep. Download the candle safety tip sheet.
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