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  • The leading cause of residential fires is a result of unattended cooking equipment (22.6% nationally).
  • 3 in 10 reported residential fires start in the kitchen-more than any other room in the house.
  • Most electrical fires start in the bedroom.
  • The leading cause of fire deaths is a result of improperly discarded smoking materials/careless smoking (nearly 800 deaths annually).
  • Of adult fire fatalities, 50% of the victims were under the influence of alcohol, which impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts.
  • 82% of fire deaths occur in their own homes, mostly while they are sleeping (most vulnerable between 8PM and 8AM).
  • Smoke detectors save lives by alerting you to the danger and ultimately giving you more time to escape-working detectors reduce the chances of death by 50%.
  • 33% of residential fires and 40% of residential fire fatalities occur in homes with no smoke detectors.
  • Approximately 4,000 Americans die and 20,000 more are injured each year by fire
  • You have approximately 1-2 minutes to escape before being overcome by smoke.
  • Heat produced by a fire increases 100 degrees with each foot towards the ceiling (4 feet = 400 degrees)-STAY LOW to the ground by crawling
  • In the U.S., a residential structure fire is reported every 79 seconds and someone is fatally injured in a home fire every 135 minutes.
  • 75% of fire fatalities occurring in student housing were in off-campus residences-attributed to disabled smoke alarms, alcohol consumption, lack of sprinklers, etc.
  • Nationally, between January 2000 and April 2005, there were 75 fatalities in student housing, both on and off campus residences.
  • Unauthorized use of, tampering with, or damaging of fire/emergency safety equipment is prohibited and is punishable under the Ohio Revised Code.