Quick Fire Stats provided from The US Fire Administration (2008)
Findings from the newly released report U.S. Fire Loss in the United States in 2008 appear in the latest issue of NFPA Journal ®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- In 2008, fires caused more than $15.5 billion in direct property loss.
- Fires in residential properties caused $8.6 billion of it.
- Fire departments responded to an estimated 1.5 million fires in 2008.
- These fires resulted in 3,320 civilian fire fatalities.
- There were 16,705 civilian fire injuries that occurred as the result of fire.
- 118 firefighters were killed on duty.
- Fire killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined.
- 84 percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences.
- An estimated 32,500 intentionally set structure fires resulted in 315 civilian deaths.
- $15.5 billion in direct property loss.
*1,451,500 fires were attended by public fire departments, a decrease of 6.8 percent from the year before.
*515,000 fires occurred in structures, a decrease of 2.9 percent.
*403,000 fires (78 percent) of all structure fires occurred in residential properties.
*236,000 fires occurred in vehicles, a decrease of 8.5 percent from the year before.
*700,500 fires occurred in outside properties, a decrease of 8.9 percent.
*A fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation every 22 seconds.
*A fire occurs in a structure every 61 seconds, a residential structure every 78 seconds, a vehicle every 134 seconds, and an outside property every 45 seconds.
Fire deaths and injuries:
*3,320 civilian fire deaths occurred in 2008, an increase of 3.2 percent.
*About 83 percent of all fire deaths occurred in the home.
*2,755 civilian fire deaths occurred in the home, a decrease of 3.8 percent.
*16,705 civilian fire injuries occurred in 2008, a decrease of 5.5 percent. This estimate for civilian injuries is on the low side, because many civilian injuries are not reported to the fire service.
*13,560 of all civilian injuries occurred in residential properties
*There was a civilian fire death every 158 minutes, and a civilian fire injury every 31 minutes.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA’s Web site at http://www.nfpa.org.
In the meantime, take special measures to ensure you’re not involved in a fire.
ACCIDENTIAL DEATH ODDS
|ODDS OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES BY SELECTED CAUSE OF INJURY, 2005 (1)
Experts report that consumers may cut their risk of dying in a home fire in half simply by having a smoke alarm in their home. Most residents assume that they or the landlord has fully-functioning smoke detection equipment in place. Please TEST and MAINTAIN your smoke alarm, it’s your early warning that you need to evacuate. Safeguard your home with a Photoelectric Smoke Detector.
Please also note that making Residential Fire Sprinklers mandatory for new home construction has moved a step closer to reality with a decision by the U.S. Fire Administration to support the building code change. The proposed International Residential Code 2009 calls for sprinklers to be installed in new homes beginning in 2011. The Fire Administration, a division of FEMA, has been researching and testing the feasibility of mandatory sprinkler installation and now agrees it should be done.
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YOUR LOCAL HELP REQUESTED:
Teddy Bears and Tote Bags:
Sadly, when bad things happen children get caught in the middle. The Police Officers, Firefighters, Children’s Services, and First Responders of various communities would like to give the child a teddy bear or stuffed animal to comfort them during transport or rescue. Also, lightly used tote bags, overnight bags, small suitcases and backpacks are requested for packing the child’s cloths at the time of rescue, rather than using a garbage bag.
Please reach out to Live Safe to give some comfort to these children. If you have any lightly used tote bags, overnight bags, small suitcases or backpacks that you wish to give for this outreach drive and/or would like to provide a teddy bear or plush animal for these children – please visit our contact page or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Red Cross:
The local inventory of blood has dropped to critical level in recent days, leaving our community on the verge of an emergency situation. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to make an appointment to give blood.
American Red Cross
of Greater Columbus
995 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
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