In Washington State, 67 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms and the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Those most at risk include:
- Children – Approximately 80 percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Children under age 5 are at twice the risk of dying in a home fire.
- Seniors – Adults over age 75 are three times more likely to die in home fires than the rest of the population; those over 85 are 4.5 times more likely to die in a home fire.
- Low-income Households – Many low-income families are unable to afford batteries for their smoke alarms. These same households often rely on poorly installed, maintained or misused portable or area heating equipment – a main cause of fatal home fires.
For more information about fire safety, please visit the State Fire Marshal’s Office website at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars.htm.