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
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.
- the majority of civilian fire injuries and deaths occurred in the home, accounting for 78 percent of fire injuries and 83 percent (2,600) 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
- amount of property damage that occurred as result of fires increased by nearly 7 percent
Home fire sprinklers have a significant impact on home fire deaths and property loss, injury costs, and the cost of loss.
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