Sadly, a home fire is reported in the United States every 86 seconds and 33 percent of home fires are started by children 6-9 years old, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In 2015, 77 percent of structure fires were in residential properties.

NFPA data reveals that structure fires caused a total of $10.3 billion in damage — with the majority of the losses sustained by residential properties ($7.2 billion), according to the Insurance Information Institute.

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Jayleen R. Heft

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