Research shows the United States has the highest number of fire related fatalities each year. That’s a shocking statistic for a country that requires strict fire protection when building structures. What gives? Let's take a look at fire statistics to better understand this heinous problem:
United States Fire Statistics
Fires are a huge problem in the U.S.—especially electrical fires traced to computers and telecommunication systems. The following facts may shed some light on how fires developed into one of the nation's highest causes of death and how these deaths happen:
- Fire departments in the U.S. respond to a fire call every 23 seconds.
- More than 90 percent of fire related deaths occur in later stages of fire progression. In short, early extinguishment saves lives.
- This statistic is even truer with fire-related loss of possessions, as 95 percent of loss caused by fire occurs after the initial stages.
- Nearly 1.5 million fireman-attended fires occur annually in the U.S., the majority of which occur in properties outdoors.
These statistics imply that early detection and early extinguishment are the two most essential steps to fire suppression in nearly any circumstance. Traditional sprinklers would cause excessive moisture; a fire suppression system is an effective and reliable way to put out fires, while providing many other benefits.