Halloween Fires (2009-2011)

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For each year between 2009 and 2011, an estimated 11,300 fires were reported to fire departments in the United States over a three-day period around Halloween and caused an estimated 30 deaths, 175 injuries and $96 million in property loss.

The leading causes of
Halloween residential fires:
cooking (43%) and heating (15%).

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Loss measures for Halloween and non-Halloween fires (three-year average, 2009-2011)

Loss Measure Halloween Fires
(Oct. 30-Nov. 1)
Non-Halloween Fires
Fatalities/1,000 Fires 2.4 2.0
Injuries/1,000 Fires 12.6 10.6
Dollar Loss/Fire $7,510 $8,000
The average number of fatalities and injuries per 1,000 Halloween fires is slightly higher than the same loss measures for all other fires.

Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) 5.0.

Halloween fires by general property type (2009-2011)

In terms of numbers of Halloween fires, the largest general property type category was outside fires (42 percent) followed by residential fires (31 percent). Residential Halloween fires, however, resulted in the most deaths (79 percent), injuries (74 percent) and property loss (64 percent).

Halloween fires occurred most frequently in the late afternoon and early evening hours, peaking during the dinner hours from 3 to 7 p.m. Fires then declined reaching the lowest point during the early morning hours (4 to 7 a.m.).

Source: NFIRS 5.0.

Halloween fires by time of alarm (2009-2011)

Source: NFIRS 5.0.

  1. Halloween fires are defined as fires that occur on Oct. 30, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
  2. The average loss measures computed from the NFIRS data alone in the table above will differ from average loss measures computed from national estimates.