There are no better experts in home fire safety than those at the United States Fire Administration. Please take time to review their website at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/home_fire_prev/. Home fire safety is something to take very serious. The Seneca area is not immune to fire related deaths. Over the past several years, five people have lost their lives in residential fires. Please practice home fire safety.
Every year U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences. Fire costs our nation billions of dollars every year in property loss and thousands of lives lost.
The place where Americans feel safest -- at home -- is the very place where we are at greatest risk from fire. If Americans knew more about fire prevention and better understood how to react quickly and sensibly when fire breats out, we could greatly reduce fire deaths.
Here are a few facts:
What are the most common causes of fatal home fires?
When do the majority of fatal home fires occur?
They happen at night, when most people are asleep. Smoking is the #1 cause of fatal home fires. Smoking caused an average of 850 deaths per year from 1992 to 1996. An average of 610 deaths occur annually from arson or suspected arson; 510 deaths caused by heating equipment; 360 deaths from electrical distribution equipment; and an average of 340 deaths occur annually as a result of children playing with fire, and the deaths are usually the children themselves.
How do most people die in home fires?
One quarter of home-fire victims die from burns; seven out of 10 die from breathing poisonous gases produced by the fire.
What can I do to ensure that my home is fire safe?
If you live in the City of Seneca, feel free to contact the Seneca Fire Chief or Seneca Fire Marshal to make an appointment to have your home checked. We cannot make your home fire proof, but can visit with you or your family in regards to pre-planning your home as well as placing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home. Either can be contacted 885-2738.