Risk of Fire Death Varies by Age


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.
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