According to a new report from NFPA, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 373,900 home structure fires from 2005-2009. The report says cooking fires remain the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and smoking materials continue to be the leading cause of home fire deaths.
During the five-year period covered by the report, roughly one in every 310 households per year had a reported home fire.
“These statistics are a sad reminder that fire is still a deadly threat and we must do more to prevent the needless deaths and losses,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “Properly installed and maintained fire protection devices, such as smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers, can help to prevent most fire deaths.”