Posted by David Paulo on Jul 30th 2015

The people talked about in this post are real. These things really have happened and their names have been changed to protect their identities.

How many times have you turned on the T.V., read on the internet and saw that another home has been lost or a person has lost their life to a fire? I would like you to ask yourself this. Have I done everything I can to protect my family, my home and my property from fire? I am writing this to give you information that may help save your family, your home, your property and your piece of mind as well.

These 2 stories are true. Another fire in another home. Another family’s property destroyed. Another family’s nightmares begin. I am not sure how the fire started in Katrina’s (name changed to protect their identity) family home, but this destroyed their kitchen and put extensive smoke damage throughout the rest of their house. As they try to begin to think about moving on, I am pretty sure that fear, anger, frustration and so many other thoughts are running through their heads. I do not know Katrina or her family, so I cannot say for sure what their feelings are. These are things that would be going through my head.

Then there’s Sophie. Recently, as well, Sophie’s (name changed to protect their identity) home was broken into, burglarized and purposely set on fire to cover up the burglary. Everything in their home, including the home, was destroyed and they even lost their 2 dogs in this senseless act of arson.

I went to the internet and did a search for Home Fire Statistics and was really shocked and amazed by what I read. Look at the chart below. See for yourself exactly what the statistics are. These were based on the US Fire Administration, FEMA. This is the website I went to-

Statistic Verification

Source: US Fire Administration, FEMA

Research Date: 1.1.2014

Undocumented Student Statistics


Average number of residential home fires each year - 374,000

Average number of deaths each year from home fires -2,600

Average number of injuries due to home fires each year -12,975

Average annual dollar loss to due to home fires -$7.32 billion

Percent of Fires

Cause of Home Fires

Cooking -56 %

Heating -16 %

Electrical Malfunction -9 %

Other Unintentional, Careless -8 %

Open Flame -6 %

Intentional -5 %

The National Fire Protection Association states the following:

Fires in the U.S.

In 2012, there were 1,375,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 2,855 civilian deaths, 16,500 civilian injuries, and $12.4 billion in property damage.

  • 480,500 were structure fires, causing 2,470 civilian deaths, 14,700 civilian injuries, and $9.8 billion in property damage.
  • 172,500 were vehicle fires, causing 300 civilian fire deaths, 800 civilian fire injuries, and $1.1 billion in property damage.
  • 692,000 were outside and other fires, causing 60 civilian fire deaths, 825 civilian fire injuries, and $813 million in property damage.

The 2012 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.

  • One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 32 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 3 hours and 4 minutes.
  • One outside fire was reported every 46 seconds.
  • One vehicle fire was reported every 156 seconds.

The sad thing about the above statistics is, many of these fires didn’t have to happen. Sometimes it’s because a pan was left on the stove. Sometimes it’s dust and other factors in your furnace. Sometimes it’s electrical wiring. Sometimes it’s maybe leaving a fire burning in your fireplace. Sometimes it’s just plain meanness at the hands of an arsonist. Let’s face it. We all become complacent in our day to day lives.

I admit, I am guilty of walking away from something on the stove. It’s a wake up call when it happens to you. Here is my story. Several years ago, my family and I went to dinner several miles from our home. We sat down in the busy restaurant, ordered our food and started talking. About 20-30 minutes later, just as they were about to serve us our food, I let out a loud gasp. My husband asked what was wrong and the only thing I could say was that I needed to go home NOW! He asked why and I told him that I left the tea kettle on the stove with the burner on. My husband practically ran out of the restaurant and drove home as fast as he could. He made it there before anything major happened to our home. Folks, this had been on the stove for over an hour, by this time. The only victim in that incident was the tea kettle. It had burned pretty badly. We believe that had this stayed like this for any longer, we could’ve lost our home and it would’ve been my fault. I was complacent. I was weepy and almost in full fledged tears. I was scared. I was angry at myself for doing that. I couldn’t believe how reckless I was at that moment, but I had honestly forgotten about the tea kettle. For months, I had a hard time relaxing and sleeping because of that incident. I would get up in the middle of the night several times just to make sure that everything was off or the fire place was out. We stopped using our fire place for other reasons as well, but this incident was one of the reasons. Whenever I left the house to go somewhere, I always returned back home and had to double check that nothing was left on, even though I had checked it many times before leaving. I was driving myself nuts, but it’s something I had to do for myself to make sure everything was ok.

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* wood blinds

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