9.24.18 – NFPA –
This report shows fire death rates and annual average death tolls for the 50 states and demographic factors that are associated with higher fire death rates. National statistics are provided for comparison. . Sources include death certificate data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics and demographic data from the U.S. Census and its American Community Survey and CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
- Fire death rates vary considerably by state, with 2012-2016 average death rates per million population ranging from a low of 3.9 to a high of 24.4. The U.S. average was 9.7 deaths per million population.
- Nine of the eleven states with the highest overall fire death rates in 2012- 2016 were in the South. (Two states were tied for the tenth position). Seven of the top 10 states for home fire deaths were also in the South.
- All but three states had fewer fire deaths in 2012-2016 than in 1981-1985. All states had lower fire death rates in 2012 -2016 than in 1981-1985.