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Report: NFPA's "U.S. Fire Death Rates by State"
Author: Marty Ahrens and Ben Evarts
Issued: July 2017


Report highlights

  • In all but three states, the average number of fire deaths per year was lower in 2011-2015 than in 1981-1985. The fire death rate per million population fell in all 50 states over the same period.
  • Eight of the ten states with the highest fire death rates in 2011-2015 were in the South. Higher fire death rates are correlated with several socioeconomic or behavioral characteristics of the state population, such as percentage of population living in poverty, adults who did not complete high school, adults who smoke, and population living in rural areas.
  • States with larger percentages of African Americans, Native Americans or Alaska natives also tend to have higher fire death rates.

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