"From 2006 to 2008, an estimated 4,300 Thanksgiving Day fires occurred annually in the United States causing 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $30 million in property loss. Of these Thanksgiving Day fires, an estimated 2,000 fires occurred in residential buildings resulting in an estimated average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss each year. On Thanksgiving Day, many families customarily spend the holiday inside their home or the home of a friend or family member with the family dinner being the highlight of the day. Because of this holiday custom, from 2006 to 2008, the average number of reported residential building fires on Thanksgiving Day almost doubled (49 percent) from the average number of fires in residential buildings on all days other than Thanksgiving (26 percent). As a result, it is particularly important to look at the characteristics of residential building fires on Thanksgiving. This report addresses the characteristics of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) between 2006 and 2008, the most recent data available at the time of analysis. Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are fire incidents that occurred on November 23, 2006, November 22, 2007, and November 27, 2008."
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Topical Fire Report Series (November 2010), v.11 no.5