Fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined. Every year more than 5,000 people die in fires, more than 25,000 are injured and direct property loss is estimated at over $9 billion. Fortunately, most fire losses can be prevented through effective public education and awareness initiatives.
The Bellevue Fire Department is committed to reducing fire deaths, injuries and property damage by increasing public awareness about the dangers of fire.
To promote fire safety awareness and prevention in the home and workplace, the Bellevue Fire Department has produced helpful fact sheets, videos, links and frequently asked questions.
2015 Bellevue Fire Department Annual Report
Facts about home holiday fires
- One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
- Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
- More than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11 percent of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4 percent the rest of the year.