The purpose of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition is to increase awareness about the residential fire problem in Illinois and to encourage the use of residential fire sprinkler systems to save lives and prevent injuries for both residents and firefighters alike.
State Fire Marshal's Residential Fire Facts
From January 1, 2007, to September 5, 2011, the following residential fire statistics were reported by the Illinois fire service to the National Fire Incident Reporting System.
- Property loss for Illinois residential fires totals more than $1.2 billion.
- There have been 413 civilian and five Illinois Fire Service fatalities as a result of residential fires.
- An average of $16,591 was lost in property.
- Most fires happened during 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- It was reported that smoke detectors did not alert the occupants 41% of the time.
- More fires started in the kitchen and involved cooking.
- Most fires were unintentional.
- Automatic Extinguishing Systems (AES) were not present in most fires reported.
(Source: Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition website)
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