Report: NFPA's "Fire Loss in the United States During 2013"
Author: Michael J. Karter, Jr.
Issued: September 2014
This report contains overall statistics from the NFPA survey of fire departments on fires, civilian deaths and injuries, and property damage in 2013. 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 1,240,000 fires. These fires resulted in 3,240 civilian fire fatalities, 15,925 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $11.5 billion in direct property loss. There was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 42 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 33 minutes in 2013. Home fires caused 2,755, or 85%, of the civilian fire deaths. Fires accounted for four percent of the 31,644,500 total calls. Seven percent of the calls were false alarms; sixty-eight percent of the calls were for aid such as EMS.
Christina Holcroft, division director of Fire Analysis and Research at NFPA, gives three key findings from NFPA's 2013 Fire loss report.