Do You Know the Facts?

Do you know how many burglaries occurred in the St. Louis Metro Area in the past year?

The statistics are sobering. The preliminary data for 2012 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows that for every 100,000 households in St. Louis there are approximately 21,995 property crimes. (Source: : FBI 2012 Preliminary UCR data )   That means that year 1 out 5 houses in St. Louis were affected by property crime. Of these, over 15,000 burglaries were reported last year, and the number of true burglaries is even higher as a lot of people do not even report the crimes.

For some great tips on how to protect yourself against burglary check out this St. Louis county brochure:

Do you know how many home fires occur in the United States daily?

U.S. home structure fires In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to  370,000 home structure 1 fires . These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.

Fact sheet: home structure fires in the U.S.   (PDF, 51 KB)

  • 92% of all civilian structure fire deaths resulted from home structure fires.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.
  • Kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires (42%) and civilian home fire injuries (38%).
  • Only 4% of home fires started in the living room, family room, or den; these fires caused 24% of home fire deaths.
  • Seven percent of reported home fires started in the bedroom. These fires caused 25% of home fire deaths, 20% of home fire injuries, and 14% of the direct property damage.
  • Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
  • Home structure fires peak around dinner hours between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Three out of five reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarm present (37%), or at least one was present but none operated (23%).
  • Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2011, 12 home fires killed five or more people. These 12 fires resulted in 67 deaths.

(Homes are dwellings, duplexes, manufactured homes, apartments, townhouses and rowhouses.)

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-statistics/the-us-fire-problem/home-fires

Do you know why Carbon Monoxide is called the silent killer?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that you cannot see, taste or smell. Each year, 184 children in the United States die due to carbon monoxide poisoning and more than 20,000 children visit the emergency room. The danger of carbon monoxide is increased in the winter or during hurricane season because fuel-powered devices are used more frequently.

Top Tips

  • Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm. As with smoke alarms , install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas, and keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms, and vice versa. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are available.
  • Don’t use a grill, generator or camping stove inside your home, garage or near a window.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Don’t leave a car, SUV or motorcycle engine running inside a garage.
  • If using gasoline-powered devices, store gasoline in a locked location where children cannot access it. Keep only small quantities in an approved container that has child safety features.
  • Keep gasoline away from any source of heat, spark or flame. Even common household appliances such as water heaters and clothes dryers can start a gasoline fire. Be sure to store your gasoline away from anything that could ignite it.

Source: http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/carbon-monoxide

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