- During the last five-years, US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 354,400 home structure fires per year.
- These fires caused an annual average of 2,620 civilian deaths; 11,220 civilian fire injuries; and $6.9 billion in direct property damage.
- Four of every five (79 percent) fire deaths were caused by home structure fires.
- Electrical fires are often deadly. This is likely because electrical fires often ignite in hidden locations and build into major fires before residents are aware of them. And such fires frequently may ignite while residents are sleeping.