Why should I be concerned about fire safety?
In 2008, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,451,500 fires. These fires resulted in 3,320 deaths, 16,705 injuries, and the death of 103 firefighters on duty. This equates to fire departments responding to a fire every 22 seconds. In terms of property damage, these fires resulted in 15 billion dollars of damage.
What caused these fires?
Fires within the home were the responsible for approximitly 80% of deaths and injuries. The leading cause of fires and fire related injuries are related to cooking, unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to fires. However, the leading cause of fire deaths within the home are related to smoking. Heating, lighting, and electrical distribution equipment are also responsible for a large source of fire within the home.
The Norman Fire Prevention Bureau has provided tips on ways to reduce the possibility of fire in your home. Please click on the links on the left to learn more about fire safety.