Topical Fire Report Series, vol 16, Issue 2, July 2015. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Data Center, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727 (click the blue text to read the full report)
The report, published in 2015, covers the period 2011-2013.
For each of those three years FEMA reports an annual estimated 2,530 civilian fire fatalities resulted from 1,700 fatal fires in residential buildings. Over 7,500 people were lost.
This is what they found:
- The time period from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. when most people are asleep accounted for 52 percent of fire fatalities.
- Bedrooms, at 50 percent, were the leading location where fire fatalities occurred.
- At the time of their deaths, 33 percent were sleeping.
- At the time of their deaths, another 36 percent were trying to escape.
(comment: Had they awakened earlier they might have made it out.)
- Children less than 10 years old accounted for 11 percent of fire fatalities.
- Among adults, 18 percent were possibly impaired by alcohol, and another 8 percent by medications.
- Adults aged 50 to 69 accounted for 36 percent of fire fatalities.
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