"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. 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 topical report addresses the characteristics of electrical fires in residential buildings as reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) from 2009 to 2011. The NFIRS data are used for the analyses presented throughout the report. For the purpose of the report, the terms 'resi¬dential fires,' 'electrical fires,' and 'nonelectrical fires' are synonymous with 'residential building fires,' 'residential building electrical fires' and 'residential building nonelec¬trical fires' respectively. 'Electrical fires' is used throughout the body of this report; the findings, tables, charts, head¬ings and endnotes reflect the full category, 'residential building electrical fires.'"
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Topical Fire Report Series (March 2014), v.14 no.13