FIRE SAFETY

Fire Safety is a very important area that we all need to understand and
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practice. Without the extensive knowledge our families, our work and even our lives can suffer. It is estimated that 4,300 persons are killed in the United States each year and 27,000 are injured. From the statistics in Europe it estimated that over 4,000 killed and 80,000 injuries per year.

The United States has a severe fire problem. Nationally, there are millions of fires, thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars are lossed due to the fires. These statistics show that in the United States we have a fire crisis. Between 1996 and 2005, in the United States alone, an average of 3,931 Americans lost their lives and another 20,927 were injured annually due to fire related incidents. These averages do not reflect the statistics from the destruction on September 11, 2001.

  
  

The table below shows the number of fires, deaths, injuries and dollar loss in the United States from 1996 to 2005.

National
     Year     
     Fires     
     Deaths     
     Injuries     
     Direct Dollar Loss In Millions     
     1996     
     1,975,000     
     4,990     
     25,550     
     $9,406     
     1997     
     1,795,000     
     4,050     
     23,750     
     $8,525     
     1998     
     1,755,000     
     4,035     
     23,100     
     $8,629     
     1999     
     1,823,000     
     3,570     
     21,875     
     $10,024     
     2000     
     1,708,000     
     4,045     
     22,350     
     $11,207     
     2001¹     
     1,734,500     
     3,745     
     20,300     
     $10,583     
     2001²     
     -     
     2,451     
     800     
     $33,440     
     2002     
     1,687,500     
     3,380     
     18,425     
     $10,337     
     2003     
     1,584,500     
     3,925     
     18,125     
     $12,307     
     2004³     
     1,550,500     
     3,900     
     17,875     
     $9,794     
     2005     
     1,602,000     
     3,675     
     17,925     
     $10,672     

¹  Excludes the events of September 11, 2001.
²  These estimates reflect the number of deaths, injuries and dollar loss directly related to the events of September 11, 2001.
³  The decrease in direct dollar loss in 2004 reflects the Southern California wildfires with an estimated loss of $2,040,000,000 that occurred in 2003.

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  • There were 1,602,000 fires in the United States. Of these:
    • 50.0% were Outside and Other Fires
    • 31.9% were Structure Fires
    • 18.1% were Vehicle Fires
  • Residential fires represented 24.7 percent of all fires and 77.5 percent of structure fires.
  • 82.4 percent of all civilian fire fatalities occurred in the home, where home is defined as one- and two-family dwellings and apartments. Of those, approximately 84.8 percent occurred in single-family homes and duplexes.
  • Intentionally set structure fires represented 7.2% of all structure property loss.
  • 21,000 intentionally set vehicle fires occurred, causing an estimated $113 million in property damage.
Source: National Fire Protection Association Fire Loss in the U.S. During 2005 Abridged Report.

 

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