Fire Prevention

St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation plays an active role in education and prevention of fires, burn injuries, and other home safety issues. St. Florian works with fire departments and community partners by approaching prevention with a holistic and all-hazards approach to making the home safer, no matter what the hazard is.


According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,240,000 fires. These fires caused 3,240 civilian deaths and 15,925 civilian injuries. In the same year, 97 firefighter were fatally injured while on duty. There were 69,400 firefighter injuries in 2012.

On average, a fire department responded to:

  • A fire every 25 seconds.
  • A structure fire every 65 seconds.
  • An outside fire every 56 seconds.
  • And a vehicle fire at the rate of 1 every 167 seconds.

Fire claimed nine lives every day.

In 2013, home structure fires caused 83% of the civilian fire deaths and 78% of the civilian fire injuries.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to these fires. Frying is the leading type of activity associated with cooking fires. More than half of all cooking fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fire themselves.

Smoking has been the leading cause of home fire deaths for decades.

Younger children are more likely to set fires in homes, while older children and teenagers are more likely to set fires outside. Most of me playing structure fires are started by lighters or matches. Two out of five of of the home playing structure fires begin in the bedroom.

Almost all U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, but three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or none that worked.

Sprinklers decrease the fire death rate per 1,000 reported home fires by about 80% and the average loss per home fire by about 70%.

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