NFPA's latest report on Home Structure Fires that Began with Upholstered Furniture states that upholstered furniture has long been the leading item first ignited in terms of home fire deaths. Upholstered furniture was the item first ignited in an average of 5,630 reported home structure fires each year and caused an estimated annual average of 440 civilian deaths, 700 civilian injuries, and $269 million in direct property damage. On average, one in 13 reported upholstered furniture fires resulted in death. Overall, fires beginning with upholstered furniture accounted for 18% of home fire deaths.
Did you know?
Candles, matches and lighters were involved in 20% of the fires and 12% of the deaths.
Click on the link above to download the report. You will find valuable information including:
- Civilian fire death trends by year
- Leading causes of these fires and civilian deaths
- Extent of fire spread
- What equipment was involved in ignition
- And more!