ABSTRACT

Residential Building Electrical Fires   [open pdf - 451KB]

"These short topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in USFA's [United States Fire Administration] National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. Also included are recent examples of fire incidents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report or that put the report topic in context. This report focuses on residential building electrical fires. Findings from this report are: 1) Annually, an estimated 28,300 residential building electrical fires cause 360 deaths, 1,000 injuries, and $995 million in direct loss. 2) Fifteen percent of residential building electrical fires start in bedrooms. 3) Nearly half (47%) of the residential building electrical fires where equipment was involved were caused by the building's wiring. 4) Twenty-two percent of residential building electrical fires occur during December and January."

Publisher:
Date:
2008-03
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Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
Source:
Topical Fire Report Series (March 2008), v.8 no.2
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