NFPA has examined the demographics of fatal and non-fatal victims of home fires. The report, "Characteristics of Home Fire Victims," highlights the age, sex, race, and region of victims, giving safety advocates crucial information on important trends.
Here are some key finds:
- From 1980 to 2011, the percentage of fatal home fire victims under five years old fell from 18 to six percent.
- During that same time frame, the number of fire victims over age 65 increased from 19 to 31 percent. More surprising is that 30 percent of all home fire fatalities were at least 65 years old, but this group represents only 13 percent of the U.S. population.
- Males are more likely to be killed in a house fire than females.
- African Americans are twice as likely to be killed in these fires.
- The South, representing 37 percent of the U.S. population, has a higher fire and injury rate than any other region
Download the NFPA report, as well as an infographic summarizing this important information, and share it with your fellow safety advocates.