"From 2010 to 2012, civilian fire injuries in residential buildings accounted for 78 percent of all fire injuries. This topical fire report focuses on the characteristics of these injuries 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 injuries by definition involve people not on active duty with a firefighting organization who are injured as a result of a fire. These injuries generally occur from activities of fire control, escaping from the dangers of fire, or sleeping. Fires resulting in injuries are those fires where one or more injuries occur. Annually, from 2010 to 2012, an estimated 13,400 civilian fire injuries resulted from an estimated 8,300 residential building fires resulting in injuries and 366,900 total residential building fires. In fact, every 39 minutes, someone is injured in a residential building fire. For the purpose of this report, the term 'residential building fires resulting in injuries' is synonymous with 'residential fires resulting in injuries,' and 'residential building fires' is synonymous with 'residential fires.' The term 'residential fires resulting in injuries' is used throughout the body of this report; the findings, tables, charts, headings and endnotes reflect the full category, 'residential building fires resulting in injuries.'"
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Topical Fire Report Series (October 2014), v.15 no.5