Fire — By the Numbers

“Nationally, there are millions of fires, thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollar loss — which makes the U.S. fire problem one of great national importance. Between 1998 and 2007, there was an average of 1,664,500 fires resulting in an estimated $10,949,900,000 in direct dollar loss each year. An average of 3,695 Americans lost their lives and another 19,405 were injured annually as the result of fire.”

So reports the US Fire Administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Kansas ranks 28th among the states in death by fire (using statistics from 2005, the most recent available at state level), in sharp contrast to neighboring Oklahoma, which ranks third, with nearly three times as many deaths per million population. (The US average is 12.3; for Kansas, 11.7; for Oklahoma, 28.7; for Hawaii, the state with the lowest rate, 4.7).

For a quick overview of national fire statistics for 2007, see this page. The US Fire Administration website, of course, has much, much more.

Published in: on March 17, 2009 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  

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