!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3f341b72970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3f341b72970c-320wi|alt=Gty_house_fire_ll_120522_wg|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Gty_house_fire_ll_120522_wg|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3f341b72970c!In 2005-2009 about seven out of ten firefighters injured at the scene of a residential structure fire were battling one- and two-family home fires at the time, according to the NFPA report Patterns of Firefighter Fireground Injuries (Jan. 2012)
There was an estimated annual average of 38,660 firefighter fireground injuries in the U.S. Of these, an average of 27,920 were minor, and 10,740 were moderate or severe. An estimated annual average of 5,440 injuries, or 51% of all moderate or severe injuries, occurred at structure fires during activities related to extinguishing a fire.
Residential fires accounted for about eight out of ten firefighter fireground injuries in structures.. This was in large part due to the large portion, 400,500 or 78%, of all structure fires that are residential fires. Within residential properties, the rate of firefighter injuries per 100 fires was 7.2 for one-and two-family homes, and 6.3 for apartments.
Fire sprinkler systems in one- and two-fmaily homes, not only protect home occupants, but protect firefighters. This report should serve as a "call to arms" to the fire service to increase activities highlighting the firefighter injury problem in the home fire sprinkler debate.