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.
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