Trends and Impact of Fires. The
good news is that fires are down significantly in the past decade.
The bad news, is that this largely preventable disaster is still
causing thousands of deaths and injuries every year. In the period
of 1987 through 1996, the number of fires was down 17%, deaths
from fires was down 25%, injuries were down 11% and the total
dollar loss from fires was down 16%. Still, in 1996 alone, 4,990
Americans lost their lives to fire. The annual losses from floods,
hurricanes, tornadoes, eathquake and other natural disasters combined
in the U.S. average just a fraction of the losses from fires.
Location of Fires
for Causes of Fires
||Percentage of Injuries
||Percentage of Dollar
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