Fire Prevention Week

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”, works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. While Fire Prevention Week takes place every October, its theme is carried on throughout the month as part of

Fire Prevention Month.

Fast Facts About Fires

  • Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
  • Ranges or cooktops accounted for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 13 percent.
  • More than half of all cooking fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (30%) was a failure to clean. This usually involved creosote buildup in chimneys.
  • Most home heating fire deaths (84%) involved stationary or portable space heaters.
  • Nearly half (49%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January, and February.
  • On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day.
  • Smoking has been the leading cause of home fire deaths for decades.
  • Heating equipment was involved in one of every five home fire deaths.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead. Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%).
  • According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • While 71 percent of American have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47 percent of them have practiced it.