Fast facts about home fires
The Calumet Fire Department in Pipe recently acquired this Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) with the help of multiple local sponsors. The UTV is equipped with an on-board high pressure pump with foam and 50-gallon water tank. It also has a removable emergency medical skid for patient transport that will be used for ice rescue and “off road” accidents or injuries. The Fire Department members and First Responders also put a lot of time and effort into making this happen. Donors included the Jerry Freund Memorial, Sargento Foods employees, Beer Run Bar and Grill, Town of Taycheedah, St. Peter Lions Club, Milk Specialties Global, Calumet 4-H Club, Big Al Capone’s, Quinney Fishing Club, Lake Breeze Dairy, Holyland Snowflyers Snowmobile Club, Larry Gentine, and Wisconsin Public Service.

n Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p. m. and 7 a. m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.

n One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.

n Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

n In 2013, U. S. fire departments responded to an estimated 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,755 deaths, 12,200 civilian injuries, and $7 billion in direct damage

n Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013.

n Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.