Key Issues and Statistics

According to National Safety Council Injury Facts 2015, about 93,200 people died from unintentional-injury-related deaths in 2013. That’s 93,200 times a young driver, mother, father, grandparent, or employee’s ordinary day turned tragic. North Dakotans are not excluded from the dangers of unintentional injuries and deaths that take place off-the-job.

 

 

o   National:

  • In 2014, there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. (National Fire Protection Association)
  • The 2014 U.S. fire loss clock reported a fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 64 seconds. (National Fire Protection Association)
  • Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries. (National Fire Protection Association 2009-2013)
  • Smoking was the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. (National Fire Protection Association 2009-2013)
  • Fire, flames or smoke account for 4% of all total unintentional-injury-related deaths in 2014. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016)
  • In 2014, the national average was 2.3 deaths and 10.4 injuries per 1,000 fires, with 5.5 deaths and 26.2 injuries in residential structure fires. (U.S. Fire Administration. 2016)

o   North Dakota:

  • North Dakota records approximately 1,800 fire incidents each year. (North Dakota Department of Emergency Services. 2016)
  • In 2014, there were 2.8 deaths and 11.2 injuries per 1,000 fires, with 4.1 deaths, and 24.4 injuries resulting from residential structure fires. (U.S. Fire Administration. 2016)
  • By property type, vehicles accounted for 60% of all deaths which is 268.1% higher than the national average, and 15% of all injuries which is 123.9% higher than the national average. (U.S. Fire Administration. 2016)