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Topical Fire Report Series October 2021 | Volume 21, Issue 8

Fire Risk in 2019

The risk of death or injury from fire is not the same for everyone. This topical fire report explores fire risk for people living in the United States and why for some groups of people, fire risk is more severe.

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At a Glance

Risk by age:

55+ relative risk

Adults ages 55 or older had a greater relative risk of fire death than the general population.

Fire death for 85+

Adults ages 85 or older had the highest relative risk of fire death.

Adults ages 25-64 and 80 or older

had a greater relative risk of fire injury than the general population.

Children ages 4 and younger had a relative risk of fire death that was 50% less than that of the general population, the lowest relative risk for this age group since the mid-1970s.

Risk by gender:

gender comparison

Males were 1.7 times more likely to die in fires than females.

Risk by race:

American Indians / Alaska Natives

were at a greater relative risk of dying in a fire than the general population.

Risk by region:

map showing data of region risk

People living in the Midwest and South had the greatest relative risk of dying in a fire when compared to populations living in other regions of the United States.

These topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System. Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information.