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U.S. fire deaths, fire death rates, and risk of dying in a fire

U.S. overall fire death rate trend

The overall 10-year fire death rate trend decreased 21.6 percent from 2006 to 2015. The table and chart below show the decline in the fire death rate trend.

Fire death rates per million population (2006-2015)

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Fire death rates per million population (2006-2015)

State fire death rates and relative risk

Overall, people living in 20 states and the District of Columbia had a higher risk of dying in a fire in 2015 than the U.S. general population. The District of Columbia with a relative risk of 2.7, lead the group followed by Arkansas (2.3), Mississippi (2.2) and Alabama (2.1). People living in California, Nevada and Utah were 50 percent less likely to die in a fire than the general population.

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Relative risk of dying in a fire by state (2015)

Statistical reports on the U.S. fire problem

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) statistical reports explore aspects of the U.S. fire problem that affect Americans in their daily lives. Primarily based on data collected through USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), our reports briefly address the nature and relevance of the specific fire or fire-related problem, highlight important findings, and suggest other resources to consider for further information.