ABSTRACT

Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2017-2019)   [open pdf - 670KB]

From the Findings: "[1] Annually, from 2017 to 2019, an estimated 2,770 civilian fire fatalities resulted from 1,900 fatal fires in residential buildings. [2] From 2017 to 2019, civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings accounted for 77% of all estimated fire fatalities. [3] Thermal burns and smoke inhalation were the primary symptoms leading to death, accounting for 89% of all fatalities in residential building fires. [4] Bedrooms, at 50%, were the leading specific location where civilian fire fatalities occurred in residential buildings. [5] The time period from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. accounted for 49% of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. This period also accounted for 46% of fatal fires in residential buildings. [6] At the time of their deaths, 37% of fire victims in residential buildings were trying to escape; an additional 31% were sleeping. [7] 'Other unintentional, careless' actions (19%) and 'smoking' (13%) were the leading causes of fatal fires in residential buildings. [8] Males accounted for 58% of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings; females accounted for 42% of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. [9] Adults aged 50 to 69 accounted for 36% of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. [10] Children less than 10 years old accounted for 10% of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings."

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2021-06
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U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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Source:
Topical Fire Report Series (June 2021), v.21 issue 3
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