"These topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA's) 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." Some of the findings of this study include: " An estimated 1,700 residential building fires involving individuals with mental disabilities are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 85 deaths, 250 injuries, and $61 million in total loss. Intentional is the leading cause of residential building fires (40 percent) where a mental disability is reported as a human factor contributing to ignition. Sixty-five percent of residential building fires involving individuals with mental disabilities are limited to the object or room of origin. Kitchens and bedrooms are the primary areas of origin for residential building fires involving people with mental disabilities (26 percent each). Residential building fires involving individuals with mental disabilities are more prevalent in January (9 percent) and December (9 percent) and peak between 4 and 6 p.m."
Topical Fire Report Series, v.12 no.5
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