Statistics:

The U.S. Fire Problem

In 2008, there were 1,451,500 fires reported in the United States (down 7% from 2007). These fires caused 3,320 civilian deaths, 16,705 civilian injuries, and $15.5 billion in property damage.

•515,000 were structure fires (down 3% from 2007), causing 2,900 civilian deaths, 14,960 civilian injuries, and $12.4 billion in property damage.
•236,000 were vehicle fires (down 9% from 2007), causing 365 civilian fire deaths, 1,065 civilian fire injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage.
•700,500 were outside and other fires (down 9% from 2007), causing 55 civilian fire deaths, 680 civilian fire injuries, and $0.2 billion in property damage.

The 2008 U.S. Fire Loss Clock

•A fire department responded to a fire every 22 seconds.
•One structure fire was reported every 61 seconds.
•One home structure fire was reported every 82 seconds
•One civilian fire injury was reported every 31 minutes.
•One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 38 minutes.
•One outside fire was reported every 45 seconds.
•One vehicle fire was reported every 134 seconds.

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