Fire Facts (released september 2016)

Fires are preventable. Here are just a few good reasons to be more careful about fire:


Every 23 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation. A fire occurs in a structure at the rate of one every 63 seconds, and a residential fire occurs every 86 seconds.


In 2015, 3,280 civilians lost their lives as the result of fire. 15,700 civilian injuries occurred as the result of fire.



1,345,500 fires were attended by public fire departments in the US in 2015, an increase of 3.7% from 2014. 501,500 fires occurred in structures and 77% (388,000) of all structure fires occured in residential properties.



270,500 of the residential structural fires occured in one and two family homes (54% of all structural fires) and an additional 95,000 were in apartments (19% of all strucutral fires).



There was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 40 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 34 minutes in 2015.


84% of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences.  The Midwest, South, and North East had the highest civilian death rate per 1,000,000 people (12.5, 11.6, 8.5, respectively).


Approximately $14.3 billion dollars in property damage was caused by fire in the US in 2015.


In 2015, 11,575 civilians were injured in residential properties of these injuries (down 4.9%), 8,050 civilians were injured in one and two family dwellings. An additional 3,025 were injured in apartments. The property loss in one and two family homes was $5,800,000,000 and additional 1,161,000,000 in property loss from apartments.



Roughly 2/3 of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarm or the smoking alarm wasn't working.


Fires kill more people each year than all other natural disasters combined, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.


Fire may double in size every 30 seconds. Fire can spread 1100% in the first four minutes. Heat rises at the amazing rate of 90 feet per second; that's almost 60 mph.

Source:  NFPA and U.S. Fire Administration

Safety surveys conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have shown that, although the U.S. has a higher fire death rate than Canada, Western Europe or the Pacific Rim, most Americans feel confident about their fire safety. The majority of Americans feel safest from fire while at home, when, in reality, home fires account for about 80% of all reported fires - and they pose the greatest threat to life.

The annual cost to taxpayers for the operation of public fire prevention services in the U.S. numbers in the billions of dollars, most of which is spent on the suppression of fire. Fire suppression is necessary and vitally important. Unfortunately, it is "after-the-fact."

Equally important are the building designs, building materials, and safety processes that help to make prevent fire from starting and make buildings more resistant to fire.

Materials manufactured with International Barrier's Pyrotite® technology can help to build a world safer from fire!

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