Baton Rouge ranks 40 on new list of 100 U.S. cities with highest home fire risk


A new Index from The Hartford, a leader in property and casualty insurance, reveals that Baton Rouge, Louisiana ranks 40 among the 100 U.S. cities with the highest home fire risk.

The Hartford Home Fire Index is based on an analysis of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System and a survey conducted by The Hartford on fire safety and prevention behaviors among the general population.

Findings from a survey of Baton Rouge, Louisiana residents reveal that many take fire safety seriously, and have fire safety devices like smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in their home. But the findings also indicate that too many people also engage in potentially risky fire safety behavior – some they may not even be aware of!

For example, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana specifically:

  • 43 percent admitted they had charged a device (e.g., cell phone, tablet, laptop) in or on their bed overnight in the past year – compared to 34 percent nationally,
  • 57 percent said that in the past year, they have left the kitchen while cooking something on a stove, and
  • 48 percent revealed that they have left a room with a candle lit at least once over the past year — – compared to 37 percent nationally.

In the Baton Rouge, Louisiana alone, 16 percent of residents say they have experienced a home fire, compared to 13 percent nationally. According to Baton Rouge, Louisiana survey respondents, the top causes were electrical (27 percent), cooking/their stove (13 percent) or a candle (7 percent).

In an effort support the work fire departments and schools are undertaking, and in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the company’s Junior Fire Marshal education program, The Hartford is donating $10,000 to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana school district and $10,000 to the local fire department to support ongoing fire safety education and behavior initiatives.

This is part of a commitment the company is making to donate $2 million and to educate 1.5 million children on fire prevention and safety in the 100 cities with the highest home fire risk identified in The Hartford Home Fire Index. 

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