Firefighters respond every 23 seconds to call in U. S.

Every 23 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the U. S., according to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

“Fire Loss in the United States in 2012” provides a comprehensive look at fire in the U. S., including civilian fire deaths and injuries, property damage and intentionally set fires.

In 2012, there were:

n 1,375,500 fires responded to by public fire departments;

n 2,855 civilian deaths;

n 16,500 injuries as result of fire.

The number of structure fi res has steadily declined in recent years, from their peak in 1977 of 1,098,000 to 480,500 in 2012.

Last year, there was:

n a civilian fire injury every 32 minutes;

n a civilian fire death every three hours and four minutes;

n a home fire every 85 seconds, which accounted for 76 percent of all structure fires.

Homes were also where the majority of civilian fire injuries and deaths occurred, accounting for 78 percent of fire injuries and 83 percent of fire deaths.

Other key findings from the report:

n property damage of roughly $12.4 billion occurred as result of fire;

n $7 billion of property loss was from home fires;

n $1.1 billion was lost in highway

vehicle fires;

n amount of property damage that occurred as result of fires increased by nearly 7 percent;

n intentionally set fires in structures decreased across the board;

n reduction in structure fires of 5.7 percent;

n reduction in civilian deaths in structures of 5.3 percent;

n reduction in property damage in structures of 3.3 percent.

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire.