Report: NFPA's "Fire Loss in the United States During 2014"
Author: Hylton J.G. Haynes
This report contains overall statistics from the NFPA survey of fire departments on fires, civilian deaths and injuries, and property damage in 2014. Includes patterns by major property class. Includes patterns by major property class, region and community size as well as information on types of fire department calls and false alarms.
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,298,000 fires in 2014. These fires resulted in 3,275 civilian fire fatalities, 15,775 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $11.6 billion in direct property loss. There was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 41 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 33 minutes in 2014. Home fires caused 2,745, or 84%, of the civilian fire deaths. Fires accounted for four percent of the 31,644,500 total calls. Eight percent of the calls were false alarms; 64 percent of the calls were for aid such as EMS.