Here's further proof that today's home fires are a cause for concern: when compared with the number of civilian home fire deaths in 2012, there was a 16 percent increase in the number of deaths for 2013.
NFPA's new report, "Fire Loss in the United States During 2013," notes that nearly 2,800 people died from home fires in 2013. The new report also states that:
- home fires accounted for 85 percent of all civilian fire deaths that year
- close to 370,000 reported fires occurred in the home, a 1.2 percent increase over last year
- more than 12,000 civilian fire injuries were the result of home fires
- home fires were responsible for nearly $7 billion in direct property damage
Let these numbers serve as another resource to convince legislators and code-making officials that sprinklers have the power to dramatically reduce these occurrences and losses. Utilize the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's updated fact sheets to get this point across.
Also, listen to Christina Holcroft, NFPA's division director of Fire Analysis and Research, underscore these and other findings from the "Fire Loss in the United States During 2013" report, which can be downloaded for free by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site: