The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) release annual reports about the types and causes of fires in the United States. The latest reports show the statistics from 2012. For that year alone, there were 1,375,000 fires reported which caused 2,855 civilian deaths, 16,500 civilian injuries and over $12.4 million in property damage. To break the data down that year’s data even more, there was 480,000 structure fires (including residential and non-residential buildings), 172,500 vehicle fires and 692,000 outside (or other) fires. In 2012, one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds and one outside fire was reported every 46 seconds. The overall trend for fires in 2012 shows a 7% decrease in the amount of fires reported, 11% decrease in the number of deaths due to fire and an 18% decrease in the amount of dollars lost due to fire damage. These trends are a positive sign that people are following fire safety tips as well as doing what they can do to protect their families and businesses from potential fires.
AKE Safety Equipment is very excited to launch our first in a series of Infographics about fire safety information. Did you know that the leading cause of home structure fires is from cooking fires? Cooking fires cause over $853 million in damage. These fires can be prevented by following simple tips that we share via our blog. AKE Safety Equipment is your fire safety expert. We want to help you keep your home, family, or business safe! Stay tuned for more fire safety information and tips in the coming months.