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A house fire occurs every 77 seconds. Fires and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional home injury and related deaths. Roughly half of all home fire deaths in the U.S. result from fires that are reported between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM .
Christmas trees account for 200 fires annually, resulting in deaths, injuries, and more than $6 million in property damage.
December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In 2005, structure fires started by candles resulted in an estimated 150 deaths, 1,270 injuries, and a property loss of $539 million.
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January, and February.
Space heaters account for 73 percent of deaths from home heating fires. Chimneys and chimney connectors account for 40 percent of home heating fire incidents.
Working smoke alarms in houses reduce the likelihood of death between 40 and 50 percent. Have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home and test them monthly. A sprinkler system increases the likelihood of surviving a house fire by 97 percent and water damage is far less. A sprinkler system uses about 340 gallons to extinguish or control a fire, compared to more than 3,000 gallons of water typically used by firehouses at a home without sprinklers.
Finally, be sure to make a fire escape plan. Find two exits out of every room and pick a meeting place outside.
U.S. Fire Administration, Home Safety Council, National Fire Protection Association, Gazette, and Washington and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.
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