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Fire death rates by state

Report: NFPA's "US Fire Death Rates by State"
Author: Marty Ahrens
Issued: December 2021


*Errata issued February 4, 2022. Download the errata. (PDF)


Report highlights

  • Fire death rates vary considerably by state, with 2015–2019 average deaths rates per million population ranging from a low of 4.7 to a high of 23.7. The US average was 10.0.
  • Nine of the ten states with the highest overall fire death rates in 2015–2019 were in the South.
  • Only four states had more fire deaths in 2015–2019 than in 1981-1985. All states had lower fire death rates in 2015-2019 than in 1981-1985.

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