By Ciro Bouchard, Marco Fortin
This ebook is an summary of the countries fireplace challenge. fireplace departments within the usa reply to approximately 18 million hearth calls every year. The U.S. hearth challenge, on a in step with capita foundation, is without doubt one of the worst within the business international. hundreds of thousands of american citizens die every year, tens of millions of individuals are injured, and estate losses achieve billions of greenbacks. There are large oblique charges of fireplace in addition; transitority accommodation, misplaced company, scientific charges, mental harm, and others. those oblique expenditures could be up to eight to ten occasions greater than the direct charges of fireside. to place this in context, the once a year losses from floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and different typical failures mixed within the usa common only a fraction of these from fires. the general public, the media, and native governments regularly are ignorant of the importance and seriousness of the hearth challenge to participants and their households, to groups, and to the kingdom. This booklet is designed to arm the hearth provider and others with info that motivates corrective motion, units priorities, pursuits particular fireplace courses, serves as a version for kingdom and native research of fireside information, and gives a baseline for comparing courses. this is often an edited, excerpted and augmented version of varied govt guides.
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Adults aged 20 to 49 experienced the highest fire injury rates yet have some of the lowest fire death rates. Fire injury rates are below average for children aged 19 or younger and for people aged 50 and over. Correspondingly, the relative risk of fire injury was lowest for the younger and older age groups and highest for the mid-aged groups. Figure 11 shows the percent of 2004 fire deaths and injuries falling into each age group. ) Fire deaths peak at ages 45 to 54 and account for a combined 16 percent of the deaths.
Residential and nonresidential structure fires together now comprise as many fires as outside fires (also 38 percent), with residential structure fires outnumbering non-residential structure fires by over three to one. What may surprise some is the large number of vehicle fires. In fact, nearly one out of every five fires to which fire departments respond involves a vehicle. By far, the largest percentage of deaths, 76 percent in 2004, occurs in residences, with the majority of these in one- and two-family dwellings.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics Note: Data have been adjusted to account for unknown or unspecified ages. Figure 12. Fire Casualties by Age and Gender (2004) Source: NFIRS Note: Data have been adjusted to account for unknown or unspecified ages. S. Census Bureau Notes: (1) The overall male and female estimates include individuals with ―2+ races‖ per the Census. 5 percent of the population. NCHS does not include this race category. (2) This figure uses NCHS data in the computation of the national fire death rate for data consistency within this chart.