U.S. Fire Administration: Residential Fire Fatalities in the News

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on May 13, 2013

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) maintains a web page that provides information on residential fire civilian fatalities found on U.S. news media reports. Complete information is not available because investigations may not be complete; thus the statistics found on the page “are only preliminary and should be viewed as such.” However, it is still a good source of information for further follow up, and an additional reference that may be used to advocate for home fire sprinklers.

USFA estimates approximately one-third to one-half of the total number of residential fire fatalities that occur each year are captured on its page. The Information is obtained from news media reports published or aired within 24-48 hours after the fire.

The site includes search criteria by date and reported cause, and additional filters such as; fire victim age, gender, disability and smoke alarm presence. The information may be viewed and imported as a map or as a detailed report.

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View the Research/Report section of FSI for additional home fire and sprinkler statistics.