U.S. Fire Administration documents frequency of deaths associated with home fires

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Oct 1, 2014

USFA fire fatalities media report
Exactly how frequent are home fires deaths? Consider this: there were 20 residential fire fatalities in the U.S. during the week of September 21 alone. 

Documenting this information on a weekly basis is the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), which collects information on these fires from various media sources. Each week, they send out an alert that includes a U.S. map of where fire deaths have been most severe. Click on a specific state within the map, and you'll see the incident date, where the fire occurred, and reported cause.

The purpose of such documentation, states the USFA, is to help raise awareness about the frequency and danger of home fires. (Nearly 2,500 people are dying each year in these fires, per NFPA statistics.) USFA shares NFPA's position on home fire sprinklers--these systems, in conjunction with smoke alarms and an emergency exit plan, are a necessary component of life safety in these settings. 

See for yourself just how frequent home fires are--sign up for USFA's civilian fire fatality notices via email.