House Fires: Causes and Cures
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the U.S. has a fire problem.
The most recent fire statistics show U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,389,500 fires. These fires caused 3,005 civilian deaths, 17,500 civilian injuries, and $11.7 billion in property damage.
Of the over 1 million fires, 484,500 were structure fires, causing 2,640 civilian deaths, 15,635 civilian injuries, and $9.7 billion in property damage. The fire problem in the U.S. is being personally experienced by many of its citizens. They are faced with the devastating effects of fires in their homes or businesses. The cost associated with the cleanup and build back once fire damage has occurred can be significant.
As illustrated by the graph above (taken from the National Fire Protection Association), there are many different causes of residential fires, fire injuries, and fire- related deaths.
Cooking and cooking equipment was, by far, the leading cause of home structural fires and injuries, with oil, fat and grease being the leading types of material ignited. Cooking fires can not only cause damage to the kitchen, but to a large part of the home.
So enjoy your kitchen this year but be careful!
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