Originally Posted By: dfrend
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Some interesting information to keep in mind from Department of Homeland Security:
- In 2000, 379,500 residential structure fires resulted in 3,445 fatalities, 17,400 injuries, and $5.7 billion in property loss. The majority of fires (and losses) occurred in one- and two-family dwellings.
- Residential fire account for 75% of ALL structure fires
- The majority of the fires started in the kitchen
-The three leading causes of residential fires were cooking, heating, and incendiary/suspicious (arson) fires. The second of which inspectors can help control directly through inspections, the first through increasing awareness. Electrical distribution follows at number 4.
- Electrical ARCING is the SECOND leading heat source for fires!!!!! AFCI's???????
- No smoke alarms in HALF of the homes involved and of the other half that had them, only 32% of them were operable!!!!!!!!!
- Not to be forgotten ------
3,445 (three thousand four hundred forty five) DEATHS.
With almost 400,000 homes involved, do you think some of them were recently inspected? I would put money on it.