By the Numbers

Here are a few national statistics about fire that we think you’ll find interesting.

  • Fire departments respond to a fire every 24 seconds.
  • In 2010, the NFPA reported:
    • 482,000 structure fires
    • a structure fire every 65 seconds
  • In 2010, the 1,331,500 fires reported in the United States caused:
    • 3,120 civilian deaths
    • 17,720 civilian injuries
    • $11.6 billion in property damage
  • In 2010, residential building fires caused losses of more than $6.6 billion.
  • Sprinklers decrease the fire death rate per 1,000 reported home fires by 83 percent and the average loss per home fire by 71 percent.
  • Fire losses associated with homeowners and commercial insurance claims accounted for an estimated 57 percent and 21 percent, respectively, of total fire losses in 2010.
  • For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Fire Administration reports firefighter fatalities in duty-related incidents are under 100.
  • Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in the home.

Sources: NFPA 2010; USFA 2010; Insurance Information Institute; John R. Hall Jr., U.S. Experience with Sprinklers, NFPA, Quincy, MA, May 2011

ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule

Our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is free to chiefs and other fire officials. It's a manual containing the criteria Verisk uses in reviewing the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas. To recieve a copy of the FSRS, contact our National Processing Center at 1-800-444-4554 and select Option 2.

H2O and Verisk

Water supply and distribution systems are important factors in determining a community’s ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC®). We provide complimentary educational training and seminars to water providers and associations throughout the country. Contact Hugh Gibson, national water resources manager, at for more information.

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