LCSO Tip of the Week – Fire Safety at Home Pt. 1

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Jun2016 Lincoln County Sheriff's Office LCSO Star Logo Law EnforcementOFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

225 W. Olive Street

Newport, Oregon 97365

Tel (541) 265-4277

Fax  (541) 265-4926


Date: October 3, 2016


Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016. This tip and next week’s tip focus on fire safety in the home. The information comes from the National Fire Protection Association which can be found at

Home fires

• Half of home fire deaths result from fires that are reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. However, only one in five home fires were reported during these same hours.

• One-fourth of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another fourth resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.

• Three out of five home fire deaths occur from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

• In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage.

• On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires every day.

• Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries.

• Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.


• U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 162,400 cooking-related fires between 2009-2013 resulting in 430 civilian deaths, 5,400 civilian injuries and $1.1 billion in direct damage.

• Two out of five home fires started in the kitchen.

• Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.

• Frying is the leading activity associated with cooking fires.

• Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 18% of cooking fire deaths.

• Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns due to cooking and hot food rather than being hurt in a cooking fire.

• Children under five accounted for 30% of the 4,300 microwave oven scald burns seen in hospital emergency rooms during 2014.

• More than half of the people who were injured in home fires by cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.

Smoking materials

• Smoking materials started an average of 18,300 smoking-material home structure fires per year during 2009-2013. These fires caused an average of 560 deaths, 1,260 injuries and $553 million in direct property damage per year.

• Most deaths in home smoking-material fires were caused by fires that started in bedrooms (40%) or living rooms, family rooms or dens (35%).

• Sleep was a factor in roughly one-third of the home smoking material fire deaths.

• Possible alcohol impairment was a factor in one in five (19%) of home smoking fire deaths.

• One out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.

Next week’s tip will discuss fires caused by heating equipment, having an escape plan and smoke alarms.

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