The following is a concise list of facts and statistics relating to the cost of fire related property, hospitalizations and injuries across the United States:

  1. In 2005, residential fires caused nearly $7 billion in property damage (Karter 2006).
  2. Fire and burn injuries represent 1% of the incidence of injuries and 2% of the total costs of injuries, or $7.5 billion each year (Finkelstein et al. 2006).
  3. Males account for $4.8 billion (64%) of the total costs of fire/burn injuries.
  4. Females account for $2.7 billion (36%) of the total costs of fire/burn injuries.
  5. Fatal fire and burn injuries cost $3 billion, representing 2% of the total costs of all fatal injuries.
  6. Hospitalized fire and burn injuries total $1 billion, or 1% of the total cost of all hospitalized injuries.
  7. Non-hospitalized fire and burn injuries cost $3 billion, or 2% of the total cost of all non-hospitalized injuries.