American Red Cross Fire Fact Sheet
Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.
SERVPRO of Bartow County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Cartersville home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
- The American Red Cross responded to more than 74,000 disasters in communities across the United States last year and 93 percent of these were fire related.
- The American Red Cross is responding to 10 percent more home fires today than it was six years ago.
- Nationally, the number of home fires is on the rise with the number of fires increasing 8 percent since 2000. The average cost of a home fire in 2006 was more than $17,000.
- Eighty percent of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation.
- Only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
- Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined, and affect people from all backgrounds and geographic locations.
- In 2006, a home fire was reported every 80 seconds, and someone dies from a home fire every 204 minutes.
- Children under five and adults over 65 are more than twice as likely to die in a home fire than the rest of the US population.
- African Americans in this country are disproportionately affected by home fires, and account for 25 percent of all fire deaths while they represent less than 13 percent of the population.
- Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. And, two out of three cooking fires start with the range or stove.
- Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires.
- Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
- In 2005, 74 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82% in relation to having neither.
- Each year over 200 people die from carbon monoxide produced by fuel burning appliances in the home including furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters.
- High-rise fires are more injurious and cause more damage than all other structure fires.
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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
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