The 2020 national estimates for the leading causes of residential building fires show that there were:
- 192,600 cooking fires.
- 33,000 heating fires.
- 27,800 other unintentional, careless fires.
- 23,400 electrical malfunction fires.
Overall trends in the leading fire causes for the 10-year period of 2011 to 2020 show the following:
- Cooking as the leading cause of residential building fires for the 10-year period.
- A 7% increase in residential cooking fires.
This is likely due to an NFIRS coding edit implemented in 2012.
- A 34% decrease in residential heating fires.
- A 30% increase in residential other unintentionally or carelessly set fires.
- A 2% increase in residential electrical malfunction fires.
Leading causes of residential building fires (2011-2020)
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