One home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds in
2009. On average, seven people died in home fires every day. Adults 65 and over face the highest risk of fire
death. In 2009 U. S. fire departments responded to 362,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 12,650 civilian injuries, 2,565 civilian deaths, and$ 7.6 billion in directdamage. Escape
planning According to an National Fire Protection Association( NFPA) survey, less thanone- fourth of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Almost three- quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half actually practiced it.One- third of Americans households who made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8 percent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out. Smoke
alarms Roughly two- thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.