Top Causes of House Fires

House fires cost home owners $6.9 Billion each year.  But what are some of the causes and statistics associated with fire losses?  Here’s a quick list:

  • 42% of house fires start from Cooking
  • 18% from Electrical issues
  • 17% come from Arson cases
  • 15% from Heating related issues
  • 5% from Smoking
  • 3% from indoor Candles
  • 0.02% from playing Children

62% of house fire deaths are in homes without smoke detectors or working smoke smoke detectors.  One civilian fire death occurs ever three hours in the United States, and Fire Departments respond to over 350,000 house fires each year.

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