NFPA has released its latest "Home Structure Fires" report. As is the case with its previous reports on this topic, the data is a cause for concern.
Here are some of the highlights from the new report:
- NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires per year during the five-year-period of 2011-2015.
- These fires caused an estimated average of 2,510 civilian deaths, 12,300 civilian injuries, and $6.7 billion in direct property damage per year.
- Eighty-four percent of the home fire deaths occurred in one- or two-family homes, including manufactured homes. The remainder occurred in apartments or other multi-family housing.
According to the related fact sheet underscoring trends in home fires, the number of home fire deaths has largely plateaued since 2006, hovering between 2,380 and 2,865. The death rate per 1,000 fires was in fact higher in 2016 than in 1980.
Please educate yourself on this new data by downloading the latest "Home Structure Fires" report in addition to related reports on fire loss and injury found on NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site.