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Fire Safety

Statistics from National Fire Protection Association (see
  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 357,000 home structure fires per year during 2009-2013, which represents three-quarters of all structure fires. 
  • Home fires caused an annual average of
    • 2,470 civilian fire deaths, or 92% of all civilian structure fire deaths,
    • 12,890 civilian fire injuries, or 86% of all civilian structure fire injuries, and
    • $6.9 billion in direct damage, or 70% of total direct damage in structure fires.
  • On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day.

The use of fire rated wood products such as Pyro-Guard® reduces the extent of fire damage and gives the family time to safely exit.

There are three types of fire safety products for the home:

Fire Alarm Systems

Fire alarm systems range from simple smoke detectors to complex home systems with 24 hour professional monitoring. Fire alarms are the first line of defense against fire injuries and every home should be equipped with smoke detectors that are tested frequently.

Passive Fire Safety Systems

Passive fire safety system are building materials and home furnishings that resist ignition and spread of fire. The advantage of passive systems is that they require no on-going maintenance and may prevent ignition or limit the spread of a fire. Fire rated wood products are examples of passive fire safety systems. Always look for the UL® label on fire rated or fire resistant products. All home construction and home furnishing projects should specify fire rated materials.

Active Fire Suppression Systems

The most common active fire suppression systems are water spray systems that are activated by heat detectors or alarm systems. While very effective at fire suppression, active system are expensive to install, require on-going maintenance, and sometimes cause water damage by spurious activation.