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Home Fires Started by Smoking

Report: NFPA's "Home Fires Started by Smoking"
Author: Marty Ahrens
Issued: January 2019


Report highlights

  • During 2012-2016, an estimated annual average of 18,100 (5%) reported home structure fires started by smoking materials killed an average of 590 (23%) people annually, injured 1,130 (10%) per year, and caused $476 million in direct property damage (7%) per year.
  • One in 20 home (5%) home structure fires were started by smoking materials. These fires caused almost one in four (23%) home fire deaths, and one in 10 (10%) home fire injuries.
  • Smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths for the five year period of 2012-2016. Overall, one of every 31 home smoking material fires resulted in death.
  • The leading area of origin for home smoking fires in 2012-2016 was an exterior balcony or open porch (18%).
  • Forty-three percent of the deaths were caused by fires that started in the living room. One-third (34%) were caused by fires that began in the bedroom.
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Leading areas of origin in home structure fires started by smoking materials

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