Friday, September 12, 2014

NFPA Releases Report on "Fire Loss in U.S. During 2013"

NFPA's report, "Fire Loss in the U.S. During 2013," provides an overall look at fires that occurred in the U.S. in 2013, including civilian fire fatalities and injuries, property damage and intentionally set fires. The report finds that:
  • Every 25 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the U.S.
  • Fire departments responded to 1,240,000 fires, which is a decrease of 9.8% from 2012.
  • There were 3,240 civilian deaths resulting from fires, an increase of 13.5% since 2012.
  • There were 15,925 injuries as a result of fire, which is a decrease of 3.5% from 2012. 
The report also includes estimates of fires by type (i.e., outside, structural, vehicle), fires by population size, a definition of terms and NFPA educational resources.