USFA releases report on smoking-related fires

July 18, 2012

Emmitsburg, MD – Residential smoking-related fires caused an average of 925 civilian injuries and 365 fatalities between 2008 and 2010, accounting for 14 percent of all residential fire deaths, according to a report (.pdf file) from the U.S. Fire Administration. Findings were based on 2008-2010 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System.

Among other findings in the report:

  • Residential smoking-related fires occurred most often from noon to 8 p.m. and peaked between 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Nearly one-fourth of all smoking-related fires originated in the bedroom.
  • Cigarettes are the leading heat source for residential smoking-related fires, at 86.3 percent.
  • The most residential smoking-related fires took place in spring, and peaked in April at 10.4 percent.