Arson Awareness: What You Need to Know

    Based on 2007-2011 annual averages:

    • Although three of every four intentional fires are started outside most of the intentional fire casualties and property loss resulted from structure fires.
    • Intentionally set home structure fires are more likely to be set in the afternoon and evening hours, between 3 pm and midnight.
    • The bedroom is the leading area of origin for intentional home structure fires, while bathrooms are the leading areas in public properties such as stores, offices or schools.
    • During 2007-2011, an estimated 282,600 intentional fires were reported to U.S. fire departments each year, with associated annual losses of 420 civilian deaths, 1,360 civilian injuries, and $1.3 billion in direct property damage.
    • Outside or unclassified fires accounted for three-quarters (75%) of these incidents, while 18% involved structures, and 7% were vehicle fires.

    Source for ContentUnited States Fire Administration

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