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U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 46,500 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2010. These fires resulted in 420 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.
Source:†NFPA's latest estimates of electrical failures in home fires - 2010†(PDF, 132 KB)
Facts & Figures
- Forty-nine percent of home electrical failure fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment in 2005-2009.†
- In 2005-2009, 46% of electrical failure home fires involved other known type of equipment. The leading other known type of equipment involved in home electrical failure fires are range,†washer or dryer,†and fans.
- U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of†19,900 reported home structure fires involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment in 2010. These fires resulted in†240 civilian fire deaths,†980 civilian fire injuries, and $774 million in direct property damage.
- Some type of electrical failure or malfunction was cited as factor contributing to ignition for 73% of electrical distribution or lighting equipment home structure fires.
Source:†NFPA's "Home Electrical Fires," by John R. Hall, Jr., January 2012
Also see: Printable fact sheet on home electrical fires.†(PDF, 59 KB)
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