The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates there were a total of 1,375,000 fires in the U.S. in 2012 and those fires resulted in 2,855 deaths, 16,500 injuries and over $12 billion in losses.
The NFPA also reports that in 2012 fire departments in the U.S. responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.
- One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.
- One civilian fire injury was reported every 32 minutes.
- One civilian fire death occurred every 3 hours and 4 minutes.
- One outside fire was reported every 46 seconds.
- One vehicle fire was reported every 156 seconds.
As part of our series on fire investigations, we will be discussing the cause categories of a fire. There are four defined groups for the cause of a fire. These are; accidental, incendiary, natural and undetermined. This week we will discuss accidental causes.
Accidental fires are those where the proven cause does not involve an intentional human act to ignite or spread fire into an area where the fire should not be. “Classification of Fire Cause” NFPA921Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. 8th ed. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association, 2014. Print 20.1.1
Some of the most commonly reported accidental causes include cooking, heating equipment, smoking and electrical equipment.
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