1. Fire is the third leading cause of
accidental death in the United States.
2. Annually, 85% of all
fire deaths occur in residences.
3. Over half of deaths from
fire occur during the winter months, between December and
4. Smaller communities and
rural areas have a higher incidence of fire deaths than
5. The South records more
fire deaths than any other region of the U.S. Of the top
15 states listed with highest frequency of fire death,
10 are in the South.
6. Specific behaviors, such
as smoking, drinking and curiosity (in children) increase
the risk of home fires.
7. Smoking causes
23% of residential fire deaths. Alcohol contributes to
40% of all fire deaths, and children playing with fire
account for one-fourth of all fires leading to deaths