Did You Know?

National Fire Prevention Week was originally established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which led to over 250 deaths, 100,000 people left homeless and over 17,400 structures destroyed. In present day, the destructive power of fires continues to extol fatalities, injuries and property damage every year. What are the costs? Below are fire statistics for 2011 compiled by the National Fire Protection Association.

  • There were a total of 1,389,500 fires reported causing 3,005 deaths, 17,500 injuries and nearly $12 billion in property damage.
  • Of those fires, 484,500 were structure fires resulting in 2,640 deaths, 15,635 injuries and $9.7 billion in loss of property.
  • Vehicle fires were linked to another 219,000 and led to 300 deaths, 1,190 injuries and approximately $1.5 billion in property damage.
  • Fire departments responded to one fire every 23 seconds.
  • A home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury occurred every 30 minutes.
  • One civilian death was reported every 2 hours and 55 minutes.
  • A vehicle fire was responded to every 144 seconds.

Join us in recognizing National Fire Prevention Week by following our fire prevention tips throughout the week. At NextGen Integrated Solutions, we strive to provide valuable fire, crime and general safety information to help everyone lead safer and happier lives. Stayed tuned for more life-saving tips.