Wilderness and structural fires alike lead to loss of life and property, yet unlike wildfires, home destruction and similar structural disasters can often be prevented with observation of fire safety guidelines and regulations, community vigilance, and the service of well-trained and equipped fire departments nationwide. In today’s Viz, we highlight fire-related statistics covering the US during the period from 1977 to 2015.
According to the latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, in 2015, roughly 1.3 million fires were reported in the US, a 3.7 percent increase from 2014. Fires injured 15,700 civilians, killed another 3,280, and caused $14.3 billion in property damage. By fire type, structural fires caused the highest loss of lives and property:
The diverse responsibilities of and increasing calls to fire departments highlight the importance of departments to local communities and the potentially costly tradeoffs in performing such a diverse array of services. Firefighters in the US today respond to fires, hazardous materials breaches, medical aid alerts, and other emergency situations.
How prepared are you and your community to deal with home, business, and vehicle fires? Wildfires? In 2015, one civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes in the US, one death every 2 hours and 40 minutes. These tolls on human life could be viewed as a testament to the strength of US fire response and prevention given that fire departments in the US had to respond to a fire every 23 seconds.
The United States being the biggest economy in the world significantly influences the global economic situation. The US economy is comprehensively covered by data and statistics from multiple government and private sources. We selected the most significant and up-to-date ones and presented them in this cheat sheet.
Among US states, California is the deadliest in terms of pedestrian fatalities. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed in road accidents in California. Texas and Florida have the next largest pedestrian death toll. But these three states also have the highest populations, so it is natural that they have more intense road traffic and correspondingly more road accidents and fatal outcomes. Accouting for population, the most dangerous states for pedestrians are New Mexico and Florida. Read more about the increasing contribution of SUVs to the pedestrian death toll in the United States.
US police and other law enforcement agencies killed 1,146 persons last year, according to "The Counted", project by The Guardian, which is aimed to build a comprehensive record of such fatalities, monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how those people died. Approximately 20% of all persons killed had not attempted to use weapons, whereas roughly 50% of them attempted to use or used firearm. Nevertheless, this information is difficult to verify because often the only information available comes directly from law enforcement officials. In some cases, friends and relatives of people killed will dispute this official...
India is a country with the biggest amount of snakebite envenoming cases occurring each year: on average, 120 thousand cases take place every year in this country. However, India is the second biggest country in the world and that is why mentioned above number looks much less ghastly in terms of per 1000 population, namely, 0.1 cases. Bhutan, conversely, is less favorable country in this regard with as much as 4 people out of 1000 suffer from snakebite envenoming each year. Bhutan and India are not the only countries with high burden: actually, all South Asian countries and many countries from Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are in the...