NFPA's recently released report, "Fire Loss in the United States During 2014," is a grim reminder of the annual losses experienced by home fires. Culling through the data, one thing is definite: home fires are still a major problem in the U.S.
For instance, in 2014:
- there were more than 367,000 home structure fires
- 2,745 people died in home fires, meaning that 84 percent of the country's fire deaths that year happened at home
- home fires caused 11,825 injuries, or 75 percent of all civilian fire injuries
- property loss from home fires totaled $6.8 billion
Data over a five-year period showcases some additional insight. Between 2009 and 2013:
- Ninety-two percent of all structure fire deaths resulted from home fires
- on average, seven people died each day from home fires
- smoking was the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths
- cooking equipment was the leading cause of civilian fire injuries and home structure fires
Home fires are a serious matter. Please share this research and this convenient fact sheet with your state or region's decision makers and inform them of these facts .All it takes is a simple email to alert them of the problem. Also inform them that the solution to this problem exists.