Fire is still a very real and present danger. In 2018, fire departments in the U.S. responded to a fire every 24 seconds. That same year, firefighters responded to more than 1.31 million fires that resulted in 3,655 civilian fire fatalities and an estimated $25 billion in property damage, including $12 billion in losses from wildfires.1Source: Fire loss in the United States during 2018. Learn More.
1,318,500Fires Responded to by Fire Departments
24 secondsFrequency Firefighters Respond to Fires
Flame retardants add an integral layer of protection for children, seniors, and their families by reducing the risk of fires or slowing their spread.
The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2030, more than 20 percent of U.S. residents are projected to be aged 65 and over, compared with 13 percent in 2010 and 9.8 percent in 1970.5Source: Ortman, J.M., Velkoff, V.A., and Hogan. H. 2014. An Aging Nation: The Older Population in the United States. U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. Issued May 2014 (accessed Jan. 8, 2016). Learn More.
In an analysis of data collected under the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFRIRS), USFA concluded the following:6U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Data Center. Fire Risk to Older Adults in 2010. Topical Fire Report Series Vol. 14, no. 9. August 2013 (accessed Jan. 8, 2016). Learn More.
Low-income populations are prone to fire injury or death due to substandard housing that may lack fire-safety measures such as working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.7Source: Income, Housing, and Fire Injuries: A Census Tract Analysis, Donna Shai, Public Health Rep. 2006 Mar-Apr; 121(2): 149–154. Learn More.,8Source: Home Safety and Low-Income Urban Housing Quality, Andrea C. Gielen, Wendy Shields, Eileen McDonald, Shannon Frattaroli, David Bishai, Xia Ma, Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6): 1053–1059. Learn More.
Comprehensive fire safety measures, including those that ensure fires do not start in these homes, help keep people safe.
Low-income groups are one of the groups at higher risk from dying in a fire than the rest of the population. Socioeconomic studies show an inverse relationship between fire risk and income.9Source: Fire Risk in 2010. Volume 14, Issue 7. U.S. Fire Administration, August 2013. Web. 27 February 2015. Learn More.
Children in low-income populations are exposed to the greatest risk.
Substandard housing, crowded conditions, and the increased likelihood of children left alone, compared to affluent households, contribute to this risk.10Source: Fire Risk to Children in 2010. Volume 14, Issue 8. U.S. Fire Administration, August 2013. Web. 27 February 2015. Learn More.
Flame retardants add an integral layer of protection for all populations by reducing the risk of fires or slowing their spread.
The CPSC issued over 70 recalls for fire hazards covering nearly 10 million units of consumer products in 2018.
The changing nature of consumer products with the use of more flammable materials has increased the risk of fire safety, particularly with the proliferation of electronics and electrical equipment.
Fire safety standards have been developed to ensure public safety.
Flame retardants are an important tool to help reduce fire risk.