New NFPA research underscores America's home fire problem

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Oct 30, 2015


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.