Report: NFPA's "Home Structure Fires Involving Decorations"
Author: Marty Ahrens
Issued: December 2017
- In 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 840 home1 structure fires that began with decorations per year.
- Decoration fires caused an annual average of:
- 2 civilian fire deaths,
- 36 civilian fire injuries, and
- $11.4 million in direct property damage.
- Candles started more than one-third (36%) of home decoration structure fire. Cooking equipment started one of every five (19%) incidents.
- The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in two of every five (42%) fires.
- One-fifth (19%) of the home decoration fires occurred in December. Eleven percent were in January.
- More than half (55%) of the December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (32%) in January to November.
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