Fire Injury Statistics
Fires are the leading cause of fatal injuries that occur in the home. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease control, fires are ranked number five on the list of causes of unintentional death in the United States. Statistics from the U.S. Fire Association show that the incidence of fires increases during the winter months. This winter, it is important to take steps to prevent fires in order to keep you and your family safe from harm. Sobering statistics show the extent of the danger of fires and the importance of taking preventative measures:
- Fire departments in the United States responded to more than 41,000 home fires in 2006. These fires injured almost 13,000 people and claimed the lives of 2,620. These numbers do not include injuries and fatalities suffered by the firefighters themselves.
- The top cause of residential fires and residential fire injuries in the U.S. is cooking equipment, such as a stovetop or a range. The leading cause of residential fire fatalities is lit tobacco products.
- On average, someone is injured by a fire every 32 minutes, and someone dies from a fire every 162 minutes.
- 80 percent of fire deaths occur in the home.
- The majority of fire fatalities are caused by smoke inhalation rather than burn injuries.
The most obvious way to prevent injury or death from fires is to install and properly maintain working smoke detectors in the home. Almost half of all residential fire deaths occur because a home did not have a working smoke alarm installed. Check the batteries of your smoke detectors once per month to ensure that your alarm is in proper working order to help keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire, a knowledgeable attorney can help you determine the party responsible for the fire and hold them liable for your losses. Contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today to discuss your legal options.