Fire prevention and safety is vitally important. A recent study revealed that each year more than 5,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires, many of which could have been prevented. Being educated and prepared is key to being able to prevent home fires and their deadly, costly consequences:
• Per capita, the U.S. has one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialized world.
• Children under age 5 are at serious risk of being killed in a fire.
• About 25% of the fires that kill young children are started by children playing with fire.
• In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,345,500 fires. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths and 15,700 civilian injuries. In the same year, 68 firefighters were fatally injured and 68,085 firefighters experienced non-fatal injuries while on duty.
• On average, U.S. fire departments responded to:
– A fire every 23 seconds
– A structure fire every 63 seconds
– A home fire every 86 seconds
– An outside or unclassified fire every 52 seconds
– On average, fire claimed nine lives every day.
• A visit to the Cincinnati Fire Museum has direct bearing on fire-related health risks and their prevention.