FIRES STATISTICS

Even today, with leading modern Fire Technology in the world – Fire Safety statistics are still not acceptable.  The list of Fire Safety statistics show that we all need to be more conscious of fire prevention.  The data in this article is from 2013.We will strive to update this information as often as possible. Please notice that in 2013 that there was less than 140,000 fewer fires reported and less injuries, but deaths and financially wise, were much higher.

FIRES IN THE U.S.

 In 2013, there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,240 civilian deaths, 15,925 civilian injuries, and $11.5 billion in property damage.
  • 487,500 were structure fires, causing 2,855 civilian deaths, 14,075 civilian injuries, and $9.5 billion in property damage.
  • 188,000 were vehicle fires, causing 320 civilian fire deaths, 1050 civilian fire injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
  • 564,500 were outside and other fires, causing 65 civilian fire deaths, 800civilian fire injuries, and $607 million in property damage.

The 2013 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 25 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.

  • One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 42 minutes.
  • One outside fire was reported every 56 seconds.
  • One vehicle fire was reported every 167 seconds.

 

 

All Fires for 2012

Total Fire Loss (2012) Deaths Injuries Direct Dollar Loss in Millions
1,375,000 2,855 16,500 $12,427

Fire Loss by Property Use (2012)

Property Use
Fires
Deaths
Injuries
Direct Dollar Loss In Millions
All Structures
480,500
2,470
14,700
$9,776
Residential Structures
381,000
2,405
13,175
$7,199
Nonresidential Structures
99,500
65
1,525
$2,577
Vehicles
202,500
325
975
$1,838
Outdoor and Other Fires
692,000
60
825
$813

Intentionally Set Structure Fires (2012)

Fires
Deaths
Direct Dollar Loss In Millions
26,000
180
$581

Source: National Fire Protection Association Fire Loss in the U.S. during 2012Even though here in Florida, we are not one of the states in the US being a leader in fire death rates, this does not mean that we should not continue to make great efforts to reduce the deaths we have. One death is more than we should ever have to endure! Here are the Top Ten Fire Safety Tips from NFPA to help ensure your safety so we can help try to reduce these Fire Related Statistics:

  1. Watch your cooking Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer.
  2. Give space heaters space Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  3. Smoke outside Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
  4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.
  5. Inspect electrical cords Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or loose connections.
  6. Be careful when using candles Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  7. Have a home fire escape plan Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  8. Install smoke alarms Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. For the best protection, both ionization and photoelectric alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) are recommended.
  9. Test smoke alarms Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.
  10. Install sprinklers If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.

Visit www.nfpa.org/safetytips to learn more and access free downloadable resources.