Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions

A report for the fire service community on fires caused by e-cigarettes

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National Fire Incident Reporting System updates

The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) is the world’s largest, national, annual database of fire incident information. Participating fire departments report over 22 million incidents and over 1 million fires each year.

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New program helps fire departments plan for older adult fire safety

A new program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USFA is available to fire departments and other community organizations to help plan and implement fire safety interventions for the high-risk group of older adults. The “Fire-Safe Seniors” program uses home assessments, smoke alarm installation, education and follow-up to ensure a comprehensive approach to fire prevention. A free toolkit is available to help you implement the program.

Older adults are 2.7 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. The risk worsens as we age. People ages 85 and older are 4.6 times more likely to die in a fire.

Campus fire safety

USFA reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to keep college students safe from on- and off-campus housing fires. Explore these materials to learn more about discussing fire safety with students, their parents, and campus housing administrators and staff.

Home electrical fires report PDF 597 KB

Residential building electrical fires resulted in greater dollar loss per fire than residential building nonelectrical fires for the period 2009-2011. Download this topical report to review important findings about these fires and explore their characteristics.

Emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety

Approximately 25 percent of on-duty firefighter fatalities occur each year while responding to or returning from incidents, with the majority of fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes. Vehicle collision is the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities.

Recent releases

Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Troy Magee, Captain
New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans, Louisiana
Christi Rodgers, Firefighter
Robert Fulton Fire Company, Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania
Eddie Johnson, Jr., Fire Chief
Alton Fire Department, Alton, Missouri

70 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

106 on-duty fatalities reported in 2013.

Civilian fatalities

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year-to-date for 2014

43 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for Oct. 19-25.


compared to fatalities reported by U.S. news media as of this date in 2013.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in reported fatalities with 114.

January is the leading month for fatalities.

Fire data snapshot: Halloween fires www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/snapshot_halloween.pdf — Oct. 29