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Fire deaths by state

Report: NFPA's "U.S. Fire Death Rates by State"
Author: Marty Ahrens
Issued: September 2018

Report highlights

  • Fire death rates vary considerably by state, with 2012-2016 average death rates per million population ranging from a low of 3.9 to a high of 24.4. The U.S. average was 9.7 deaths per million population. 
  • Nine of the eleven states with the highest overall fire death rates in 2012- 2016 were in the South. (Two states were tied for the tenth position). Seven of the top 10 states for home fire deaths were also in the South. 
  • All but three states had fewer fire deaths in 2012-2016 than in 1981-1985. All states had lower fire death rates in 2012 -2016 than in 1981-1985. 

Use the “Compare Fire Death Rates by State” tool below to summarize the information for up to three states or to compare data with the whole US and one or two selected states.