Posted on 30/10/2020 in Transport Fire Safety
NFPA US Fire Loss Report 2019

Despite slow improvements, there were nearly 1.3 million fires in the USA in 2019, but vehicle fires are increasing, causing 17% of fire deaths. Fire killed nearly 3 700 civilians and injured 16 000. Three quarters of fire deaths and injuries were home fires. Although overall home fires continued to decline, deaths and injuries in on or two family homes (i.e. not in apartments) increased. Property loss is not comparable, because of wide annual variations in wildfire losses, but fires involving buildings (around half of all fires) showed an 11% increase in fire property damage from 2018 to 2019 (12.3 Billion US$ in 2019). The average property loss per structural fire was 45% higher in 2019 than in 1980 (inflation adjusted). Vehicle fires (mainly road vehicles) were 17% of all fires, causing also 17% of all deaths and 2.2 billion US$ property losses.

“Fire Loss in the United States During 2019”, M. Ahrens, B. Everts, NFPA, September 2019

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