Statistical Reports: Civilian Fire Casualties

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The National Fire Data Center's Topical Fire Report Series explores facets of the U.S. fire problem that affect Americans in their daily lives. Primarily based on data collected through USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), each issue briefly addresses the nature and relevance of the specific fire or fire-related problem, highlights important findings, and suggests other resources to consider for further information. Each topical report also includes recent examples of fire incidents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report.

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Updated reports explore fire risk to U.S. population

"Fire Risk in 2010", "Fire Risk to Children in 2010", and "Fire Risk to Older Adults in 2010" explore fire risk as it applies to fire casualties in the U.S. population.

In summary, older adults (age 65 or older) were at higher risk from dying in a fire than the rest of the population. The very young (age 4 or younger) were also at higher risk of fire death and injury when compared to older children. Males, African-Americans, and American Indians/Alaska Natives also had a considerably higher risk of death from fire than did the population as a whole.

The age profile of risk for fire injuries was very different from that for deaths. Middle-aged individuals tended to suffer nonfatal injuries; most fire injuries occurred among 20- to 59-year-olds, peaking for the 30- to 34-year-olds. In addition, the risk of injury was well below average for children younger than 15 and at or below average for adults older than 59.

Download: Fire Risk in 2010 (PDF, 565 Kb) | Fire Risk to Children in 2010 (PDF, 338 Kb) | Fire Risk to Older Adults in 2010 (PDF, 479 Kb)

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See Also: Civilian Casualties - Children | Civilian Casualties - Older Adults | Civilian Casualties - People with Disabilities

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