While we are currently seeing less fires, statistically, if you do have a fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were 20 years ago. Add to that, that every 24 seconds, a U.S. fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the country. Nationwide, a civilian died in a fire every 2 hours and 34 minutes. (From the 2017 U.S. Fire Loss Report)
The reality is, we do have many of the tools to prevent damaging fires – sprinklers, smoke alarms, codes and enforcement – but they are met with resistance from everyone from policymakers and enforcers to builders and the public. Over the years we've underused, ignored or allowed codes and safety standards to become outdated.