A new report, U.S. Fire Experience by Region, published earlier this year and available free from NFPA highlights patterns and trends in the fire problem by each of the four major regions of the U.S.—northeast, midwest, south, and west—including differences in relative risk and in leading ignition causes.
Among its findings:
- Number of fires per thousand populations for the 2007-2011 period indicate that the South and Midwest had the highest overall rates for the five year period.
- The Midwest and South had the highest annual average fire death rates per million people for the period.
- The Midwest had an average civilian injury rate 27% higher than the national rate.
- The South had the highest civilian death rates for most community sizes under 100,000.
- The Northeast had the highest occurrence of cooking equipment fires than other regions.
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