Fire Safety

In 2018, there were 1,318,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,655 civilian fire fatalities; 15,200 civilian fire injuries; and an estimated $25.6 billion in direct property damage.

  • 499,000 were structure fires, causing 2,820 civilian fire deaths, 11,600 civilian fire injuries, and an estimated $11.1 billion in property damage.
  • 181,500 were vehicle fires, causing 490 civilian fire deaths, 1,300 civilian fire injuries, and an estimated $1.4 billion in property damage.
  • 607,000 were outside and other fires, causing 90 civilian fire deaths, 1,000  civilian fire injuries, and $778 million in property damage.

In 2018, a U.S. fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Test smoke alarms every month.
  • When cooking, always wear fitted clothing, and do not leave stoves unattended.
  • Never smoke in bed, and keep lighters and matches away from kids.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from a flammable source, and do not leave fireplaces unattended.
  • Do not use damaged electrical cords or overload outlets.

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Page last updated: June 9, 2020