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Holiday Season Fire Statistics

Wednesday

The holiday season is coming to a close and fire safety is an especially important factor at this time of the year. Problems with Christmas trees, candles, faulty wiring, overloaded circuits, holiday lights, and more contribute to excessive fires this time of year.

From December 24th through to December 26th - fire deaths increase 50%, injuries from fires are up 61%, and dollar loss from fires is up 43% on average.

  • Christmas trees were the items first ignited in an estimated average of 300 reported U.S. home structure fires per year in 2000-2004. These fires caused an average of 14 civilian deaths, 21 civilian injuries, and $16.8 million in direct property damage per year. These statistics include both real and artificial trees.
  • On average, one in every 22 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death.
  • More than four of every ten home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems or malfunctions. One in four (24%) home Christmas tree fires resulted from a heat source placed too close to the tree. Six percent were started by children playing with fire.
  • Holiday lights (or other decorative lighting with live voltage) were involved in 16% of the home Christmas tree structure fires. Fixed or portable space heaters were involved in 6% of these incidents. No equipment was involved in 47% of these fires.
  • Candles were the heat source in 12% of the home Christmas tree fires per year between 2000 and 2004.
  • Two-thirds of the home Christmas tree fires were reported in December, 20% were reported in January.
  • During the same five-year period, 80 outside or unclassified fires began with Christmas trees, on average, per year. Two-thirds of these fires were intentionally set. Fifty-four percent of the outside and unclassified home Christmas tree fires occurred in January.
Keep in mind that if you have a Christmas tree in your home (and about 1 in 3 do right now) that it is drying out and becoming a fire hazard. As the temperature drops outside, the heat goes up and it will keep drying out your tree (which one fire official likened to having a "bomb" in the middle of your home.) Be careful with cooking fires during this time, as well. Monitor fires in the fireplace, candles, and stovetops.

If you're leaving your house, turn off lights and blow out candles. And... if you'd like to be worry free, you could consider installing fire sprinklers in your home or office! It's a great way to protect your assets, your health, and your family or co-workers. To get matched to a local Sprinkler Installation Company, post your project with Construction Deal. It's a fast, free, and easy way to find fire suppression and sprinklers experts.

Be ready for next years holiday season by installing fire sprinklers. Don't become another holiday statistic...

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* nfpa research and reports

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Fire Sprinkler Concerns: Water Damage?

Monday

Should you be concerned about the amount of water that a sprinkler system will release during a fire?

It's true that sprinklers put out an efficient level of water to extinguish a fire in a residential or commercial application - it's usually around 50 gallons per minute. And that's a lot of water to lay down on the interior of a building. Especially if the sprinklers have to run for any length of time...

However, keep in mind that in a building that does not have sprinklers, a fire spreads very quickly - and when the fire department arrives to work on the blaze, their trucks will lay down around 200 gallons per minute. And, by that time, there will also be more extensive damage from the fire. A building with sprinklers will apply water at a much earlier stage, hopefully even preventing the need for the fire department to use their hoses.

If you're worried about a sprinkler system discharging when there is no fire, it shouldn't be a concern. The probability of a regular fire sprinkler discharging due to a manufacturing defect is only 1 in 16,000,000 sprinklers per year in service. Barring vandalism, which is rare, and lack of regular maintenance the system should never accidentally go off on it's own. With the technology of fire suppression systems today as well as the rigorous testing at the design stage in the factory, your building should not have any problem like this.

Consider ConstructionDeal.com if you need to find a local commercial or residential fire sprinkler company. Not only will fire sprinklers save you money on your insurance, using ConstructionDeal.com will help you receive several competitive bids from our network of companies that want your business -- that will also save you. And having the installers contact you will save you time. What more do you need?

And, if you were unlucky enough to have already had a fire in your building - you can use our site to find a quality Fire and Water Damage Restoration Company!

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Statistics and Facts on Residential Fires in the U.S.

Wednesday

To give you an idea of how important having fire sprinklers, smoke detectors, and other fire prevention methods are, I wanted to provid you with some of the stats and information available about fires.

Many of you might say that you really don't need to be reminded. You already know how important fire safety is. However, what you are more than likely thinking is that a fire will not happen to you. It will always, always happen to someone else. When you look at some of these numbers, try to understand that this is happening on a yearly basis and it's happening over and over. And it's not happening to the same people over and over. These stats are bound to catch up with you and your home eventually:
  • On average, more than 220,000 fire are reported annualy
  • On average, more than 5,300 civilian fire deaths occur
  • On average, more than 29,000 civilian fire injuries occur
  • On average, the annual property loss resulting from fire is $9.5 billion
Those are some very big numbers for this country alone. The 3 leading cuases of residential fires are Cooking, Heating, and Arson.
  • Residential fires account for between 69 and 75% of civilian fire deaths
  • Residential fires account for between 37 and 46% of the property loss
  • On average, 24% of firefighter deaths occur in residential fires
  • On average, 58% of firefighter injuries occur in residential fires
  • Nearly 50% of fire deaths occur in fires reported from11pm to 6am
  • Children continue to have double the nations fire death rate
The most interesting and sad statistic is that - nationwide - less than 3% of all homes have fire sprinklers installed.

3%...

That is mostly new construction homes built in the last few years and it's mostly more affluent homes. Is it expensive to have fire sprinklers retrofitted into your home? Yes. Back in 1990, The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a fire sprinkler system could be installed in a home that is undergoing a remodeling or rehabilitation for an average cost of $1.98 per square foot. For a 2400 square foot house, that cost would be $4752. Of course, those were 1990 stats and the price has come down. By 1997, they reported the cost had dropped to $0.59 per square foot $1416 in the same size house.) With new technologies and new systems, as well as more installers being in the market, the price could be even better for installing sprinklers in your home.

Also, check with your insurance company. Installing sprinklers in your home could save you a lot of money in insurance payments.

If you'd like to talk to a local Fire Sprinkler Installation company to find out how much it would cost to retrofit your house, post your project on ConstructionDeal.com. It's a free service to get matched with a sprinkler installer in your area.

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When Should Fire Sprinklers be Inspected?

Monday

Fire sprinkler systems have been protecting people and property against fire for more than a hundred years. Due to codes and standard installation requirements, sprinklers should be expected to perform even after decades of service.

However, nothing lasts forever. It's important to have regular inspections to make sure they operate and perform their job. When should building owners be concerned about the need to have their sprinkler systems inspected?

The NFSA Recommendations:

To ensure high quality performance, the National Fire Sprinkler Association recommends that:

  • Fast response sprinklers (residential, quick response and ESFR) be tested after 20 years
  • All types of sprinklers be tested after 30 years of service
  • All sprinklers subsequently be re-tested at 10-year intervals, and
  • All sprinklers be replaced after 50 years of service
If you need to have your fire sprinklers inspected, post your request on ConstructionDeal.com - for free - and choose how many companies you'd like to bid on the inspection job. This will save you time and money!

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