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October Tips of the Month: Fire Prevention Month

The latest statistics from the National Fire Prevention Association show that one home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds in 2009.  On average, seven people died in home fires every day. Adults 65 and over face the highest risk of fire death.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) on average in the United States in 2009, someone died in a fire every 175 minutes, and someone was injured every 31 minutes. About 85% of all U.S. fire deaths occurred in homes.  Fire and burn injuries represent 1% of the incidence of injuries and 2% of the total costs of injuries, or $7.5 billion each year.

Smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths overall, with cooking as the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries year round.

Groups at increased risk of fire-related injuries and deaths include Children four and under and older adults ages 65 and older. According to the CDC, Every day, 435 children ages 0-19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die as a result of being burned.

 

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