ABSTRACT

Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2010-2012)   [open pdf - 642KB]

"From 2010 to 2012, civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings accounted for 82 percent of all fire fatalities. This topical fire report focuses on the characteristics of these fatalities as reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) from 2010 to 2012. NFIRS data is used for the analyses presented throughout this report. Civilian fire fatalities by definition involve people not on active duty with a firefighting organization who die as a result of a fire. These fatalities generally occur when an individual is escaping, sleeping or unable to act during a fire. Annually, from 2010 to 2012, an estimated 2,465 civilian fire fatalities resulted from 1,700 fatal fires in residential buildings and an estimated 366,900 residential building fires. Fatal fires are those fires where one or more fatalities occur. This report focuses on the characteristics of civilian fire fatalities (e.g., gender, race and age of the victim; activity prior to death) in residential buildings as opposed to the characteristics of the fires (e.g., fire spread, factors contributing to ignition, alerting/suppression systems) from which these fatalities occurred. For the purpose of this report, the term 'residential building fires' is synonymous with 'residential fires.' The term 'residential fires' is used throughout the body of this report; the findings, tables, charts, headings and endnotes reflect the full category 'fires in residential buildings' or 'residential building fires.'"

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2014-08
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Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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application/pdf
Source:
Topical Fire Report Series (August 2014), v.15 no.2
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