Emergencies caused by fires have a way of happening at the oddest times. For fires, it’s not surprising that fall and winter months see the most occurrences, with December and January being the peak months. What is surprising is that home fires tend to occur on the weekend, and between the hours of 6:00 and 7:00 PM on both Saturdays and Sundays. That’s why Paul Davis companies offer 24-hour, 7-days-per-week emergency call services. Not with a voice-prompted ‘leave a message,’ but with operators who, similar to 911 operators, are able to calmly take down vital information and arrange for emergency services. Paul Davis typically dispatches crews to a fire scene within 90 minutes of the call.
To understand the gravity of home fires, the most recent home fires research from a 2017 study by The National Fire Protection Association sadly reports these statistics regarding home structure fires.
- From 2011 to 2015, an average of 358,500 home fires occurred annually, causing 2,510 deaths and 12,300 civilian injuries
- Cooking was the leading cause of home structure fires and fire injuries, and the second leading cause of fire deaths
- Heating equipment fires occupy second place in home fire causes and also personal injuries, and third place in fire deaths
- Even with the great decrease in regular smokers, smoking is still the leading killer in home fires
- Living areas and sleeping areas of the home each contribute 24% and 23% respectively to home fire totals
- Regrettably, three of every five deaths due to home fires occur in homes with no working smoke alarm – so easy and so inexpensive to overcome these accidental deaths
With all this destruction and related injury and death, there are positive signs of improvement. Year-after-year since 1980, home structural fires have declined an overall 52%, from 734,000 to 352,000. Fire-related deaths also fell by 47%. Sadly, however, deaths still occur with a slightly greater frequency of 7.8 deaths per thousand reported home fires, up from 7.2% in 1980.
The full NFPA Report is available online at http://bit.ly/2DE5R9W