A new report, by NFPA's Michael J. Karter, Jr., presents an analysis of the U.S. fire experience by region between 2007 and 2011. The report includes patterns and trends in the fire problem by each of the four major regions of the U.S., including differences in relative risk and in leading ignition causes.
Among the findings of the report:
- Numbers of fires per thousand populations for the 2007-2011 period show that the South and Midwest with 5.4 fires per thousand people had the highest overall rates for the five year period.
- The Midwest with 13.0 and South with 12.8 had the highest annual average fire death rates per million people for the 2007-2011 period. The West had the lowest death rates for all five years.
- Dying in a home fire is 28% higher in the Midwest and 24% higher in the South than in the whole country.
- The Midwest with 71.8 and the Northeast with 62.3 had the highest civilian injury rates per million people for the 2007-2011 period.