- 50% – Bedrooms were the leading location where civilian fire fatalities occurred in residential buildings.
- The time period from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. accounted for 52% of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. This period also accounted for 49% of fatal fires in residential buildings.
- More than half of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves. (55%)
- 46% of electrical failure home fires involved other known type of equipment, such as washer or dryer, fans, and portable or stationary space heater.
- “Other unintentional, careless” actions (15%) and “smoking” (14%) were the leading reported causes of fatal fires in residential buildings.
- An estimated 10,000 residential building attic fires are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 30 deaths, 125 injuries, and $477 million in property loss.
Whether fires are termed flammable, toxic or radioactive, they can strike at any time. Fire fatality data indicates age may impact the risk of death in home fires. The statistics below provide a glimpse of this fire trend from 2007-2011 as reported by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and NFPA’s annual fire department experience survey.
- 30 percent of home fire fatalities were at least 65 years of age.
- Fires in homes of occupants 65 years and older increased from 19 percent to 31 percent.
- The risk of non-fatal fire injury is highest for those between 20 and 49, according to a survey from 2003-2007 by the NFPA.