October Is National Fire Prevention
Fires caused more than $15.5 billion in
direct property loss in 2008
NFPA Journal publishes new fire
loss statistics - September 14, 2009
Fires caused more than $15.5 billion in directly property loss. Fires in residential
properties caused $8.6 billion of it.
Fire departments responded to an estimated
1.5 million fires in 2008. These fires resulted in 3,320 civilian fire fatalities, 16,705 civilian fire injuries
and an estimated $15.5 billion in direct property loss.
1,451,500 fires were attended by public fire
departments, a decrease of 6.8 percent from the year before.
515,000 fires occurred in structures, a decrease of
403,000 fires (78 percent) of all structure fires
occurred in residential properties.
236,000 fires occurred in vehicles, a decrease of
8.5 percent from the year before.
700,500 fires occurred in outside properties, a
decrease of 8.9 percent.
A fire department responds to a fire somewhere in
the nation every 22 seconds.
A fire occurs in …
a structure every 61 seconds
a residential structure every 78
a vehicle every 134 seconds
an outside property every 45
Fire deaths and
3,320 civilian fire deaths occurred in 2008, an
increase of 3.2 percent.
About 83 percent of all fire deaths occurred in the
2,755 civilian fire deaths occurred in the home, a
decrease of 3.8 percent.
16,705 civilian fire injuries occurred in 2008, a
decrease of 5.5 percent. This estimate for civilian injuries is on the low side, because many civilian
injuries are not reported to the fire service.
13,560 of all civilian injuries occurred in
There was …
October is National Fire Prevention Month.
Now is the time for you to review your Fire Safety Plan and do your annual Fire Extinguisher Training. Review your
Emergency Action Plan and make any necessary changes and practice your fire drill.
In case of
Sound the alarm and call 9-1-1.
Only attempt to fight the fire if it is an
incipient stage fire and you have the correct equipment to handle it.
Leave the area, closing doors as you go as this
will help limit the spread of fire and smoke.
If smoke is present, crawl low as the air will be
clearer near the floor.
Before opening any door, use the back of your hand
to test for heat on the door surface. A burn to the back of the hand is less incapacitating than one to
the palm. If the door is cool, open it cautiously.
Once outside the building, go to the designated
meeting point until your name has been noted and you are given further directions.
Nothing can compare to a fire extinguisher class that includes a hands
on live fire drill. Let your employees feel the heat that a real fire will expose them to and give them the
confidence to act. Call Pulse America today to schedule a class at 954-389-3544 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org