President, Harry S. Truman, 1947:
“The serious losses in life and property resulting annually from fires causes me deep concern. I am sure that such unnecessary waste can be reduced. The substantial progress made in the science of fire prevention and fire protection in the country during the past forty years convinces me that the means are available for limiting this unnecessary destruction.”
- Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.
- Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and injuries.
- Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.
- Improper is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.
- U.S. fire departments responded to 386,500 home fires in 2008.
- Home fires killed 2,755 and injured 13,160 people in 2008.
- Someone was injured in a reported home fire every 40 minutes in 2008.
- Approximately 8 people died in home fires every day in 2008.
- A fire department responded to a home fire every 82 seconds in 2008.