6 Facts About Home Fires
1. Each year in the United States, more than 400,000 residential fires account for approximately 3,600 deaths and 18,600 injuries.
2. Older adults, children younger than 5 years old, and people in lower income groups are at the highest risk for fire- and burn-related deaths.
3. Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires, and smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.
4. Approximately 59 percent of fatal residential fires occur in homes without smoke alarms.
5. Most residential fires occur during the winter months (December through February).
6. Most of these residential deaths can be prevented.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
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