Fire Fatalities and Mortality Rate In Tennessee

As of October 13th, 2017, 65 accidental or undetermined civilian structure fire fatalities have been reported.  Of the fatalities so far, 63 resulted from fires on residential property and two resulted from fires on commercial property.  There had been 71 fatalities by this date in 2016, and 58 by this date in 2015. The last confirmed fatal fire was in Henry County where a male died in a camper fire on October 9th.   

Year-to-date: How do this year's unintentional fire fatalities compare to previous years? 

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
YTD Fire Fatalities (thru October 13th) 95 68 63 74 53 58 71 65
Total Fire Fatalities  111 85 83 100 76 72 113  

Location of Tennessee's unintentional fire fatalities from 2011-2016:

Annual Reports for Structure Fire Fatalities in Tennessee: Each report provides detailed information on the causal trends and contributing factors to Tennessee's unintentional structure fire fatalities. 

Fire Mortality in Tennessee

What is Fire Mortality? 
Experts measure progress over time by utilizing mortality rates of fire deaths. This method also takes into account population changes over time to measure the number of fire deaths proportional to a population. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported Tennessee’s 2006-2010 fire death rate to be 17.7 deaths per million which means for every 1 million people in Tennessee, 17.7 deaths occur annually. The 17.7 deaths per million rate gave Tennessee the nation’s 6th highest fire death rate. That rate had changed as results show that the state’s fire death rate has decreased to 12.8 deaths per million, equaling a 27.5 percent reduction for 2011-2015 compared to 2006-2010. This is the single largest reduction of the state’s fire mortality rate in Tennessee’s recorded history.

Tennessee is 6th in the Nation
Tennessee historically has had a high fire mortality rate along with many other southern states. In fact, 9 of the top 10 highest fire mortality states are located in the U.S. Census Southern Regions. The average fire mortality rate for these combined equals to the U.S. average rate in 1989…25 years ago!  More information

Our Response: Focused Fire Prevention
We are aggressively battling the Tennessee fire mortality rate by bringing the best minds together from the fire service, industry, and strategic partnership organizations to assist us in the targeting, education, and installation of life saving devices for vulnerable populations in Tennessee.

  • Fire Mortality Study: Identifies and forecasts unintentional fire deaths using census Tennessee tracts. 
    2002-2010 Original Fire Mortality Study [pdf]
    2010-2013 Updated Fire Mortality Study pdf]
  • Fire Loss Symposium: Annually, leaders from the fire service come together to discuss Tennessee's fire loss problem. The goal of this symposium is to discuss recent trends and collaborate on possible solutions. 
    2014 Fire Mortality Rate Prezi Presentation
  • Get Alarmed, TN!: Provides smoke alarms to fire departments that protect high risk populations.  More information
  • Our Success so Far:
    • From 2011-2015, reported structure fires have decreased by 20.6%.
    • Tennessee has observed a 27.5% reduction in fire mortality to 12.8 deaths per million. This change is the largest reduction in the fire mortality rate in our state’s recorded history1.

Fire Deaths per Million

1 1980 was the first date available to effectively measure fire mortality (fire deaths and population)

This Page Last Updated: October 13, 2017 at 9:39 am