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Vacant Residential Building Fires (2010-2012)

Key issue: A major concern when a vacant building catches fire is that little is known about the building’s overall condition, putting firefighters’ lives in danger when they enter the building.

This topical report addresses the characteristics of vacant residential building fires as reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

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May is Building Safety Month

This year’s fire safety theme is “Don’t Get Burned – Build to Code.” Explore our building fire safety training and outreach resources:

Visit the International Code Council’s website for more information on building codes and fire safety.

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    How to calculate fire loss in NFIRS using the International Code Council’s Building Valuation Data formula.

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Highlights

Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Jason Farley, Captain
Claremore Fire Department, Claremore, Oklahoma
Dwight Greer, Firefighter
Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia, Mississippi
Kevin McRae, Lieutenant
Washington, D.C. Fire Department, Washington, District of Columbia

36 on-duty fatalities reported in 2015.

87 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

Civilian fatalities

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1,136

home fire fatalities reported in 2015.

31 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for May 17-23.

-6%

compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 - May 23, 2014.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 29 percent of all fatalities.

New York leads the nation in reported fatalities with 74.

Share this video with your community to show residents how to increase the chance of surviving a home fire by more than 82 percent and decreasing fire damage by up to 97 percent.