Every 23 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the U.S., according to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “Fire Loss in the United States in 2012” provides a comprehensive look at fire in the United States, including civilian fire deaths and injuries, property damage and intentionally set fires.
In 2012, there were:
1,375,500 fires responded to by public fire departments
2,855 civilian deaths
16,500 injuries as result of fire
The number of structure fires has steadily declined in recent years, from their peak in 1977 of 1,098,000 to 480,500 in 2012.
Last year, there was:
a civilian fire injury every 32 minutes
a civilian fire death every 3 hours and 4 minutes
a home fire occurred every 85 seconds, which accounted for 76 percent of all structure fires.
homes were also where the majority of civilian fire injuries and deaths occurred, accounting for 78 percent of fire injuries and 83 percent of fire deaths.
Other key findings from the report:
property damage of roughly $12.4 billion occurred as result of fire
$7 billion of property loss was from home fires
$1.1 billion was lost in highway vehicle fires
amount of property damage that occurred as result of fires increased by nearly 7 percent
intentionally set fires in structures decreased across the board
reduction in structure fires of 5.7 percent.
reduction in civilian deaths in structures of 5.3 percent
reduction in property damage in structures of 3.3 percent