MOONACHIE, N.J. — The Moonachie Fire Department made a stop at Robert L. Craig Elementary School on Oct. 26 to coach youngsters about fire safety as past of National Fire Prevention Month.
“We educated the children on fire safety and what to do in case of a fire — at home, at school or wherever that may be,” said Justin Derevyanik, Moonachie fire chief.
The age-appropriate program was held for students in grades preschool through fifth.
- 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.
- 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.
- Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- 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 $7.0 billion in direct damage
- Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
- Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
- Most fatal fires kill only one or two people. In 2013, 12 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 67 deaths.
- During 2007-2011, roughly one of every 320 households had a reported home fire per year.
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