In 2014, there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage.
- 494,000 were structure fires, causing 2,860 civilian deaths, 13,425 civilian injuries, and $9.8 billion in property damage.
- 193,500 were vehicle fires, causing 345 civilian fire deaths, 1,450 civilian fire injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage.
- 610,500 were outside and other fires, causing 70 civilian fire deaths, 900 civilian fire injuries, and $237 million in property damage.
In 2014, a U.S. fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 64 seconds.
- One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.
- One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes.
- One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 41 minutes.
- One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.
- One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 8 seconds.
- Learn About Smoke Alarms
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Smoke Alarm Installation and Fire Safety Education (SAIFE) Program
Fire Safety Tips
- 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.
- Fire Safety Resource Manual
- Fire Safety Activity Book
- Fire Safety
- Six Steps to Home Fire Safety
- Preventing Falls and Fires: A Handbook for Seniors
- Fire Safety Prevention Plan
- Alabama Forest Facts
- Carbon Monoxide
- Home Heating Fact Sheet
- Protect Your Child from Scalds and Burns
- Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office
- National Fire Protection Association
- National Fire Protection Association Safety
- SAFEKIDS USA Fire and Burn Safety
- Smokey Bear
- Sparky the Fire Dog
- United States Fire Administration
Page last updated: April 19, 2017