October 4-10, 2009 is National Fire Prevention Week. The National Fire Protection Association is using the week to focus on fire prevention and burn awareness.
Here are the top five most interesting facts listed by the NPA for National Fire Prevention Week:
- “Someone was injured in a home fire every 40 minutes and roughly eight people died in home fires every day during 2008.”
- “Cooking continues to be the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries… Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires. “
- “Smoking materials caused one of every four home fire deaths…Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths (roughly one in four) in the United States.”
- “Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.”
- “No smoke alarms were present in 40% of the home fire deaths.”
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