Wilderness and structural fires alike lead to loss of life and property, yet unlike wildfires, home destruction and similar structural disasters can often be prevented with observation of fire safety guidelines and regulations, community vigilance, and the service of well-trained and equipped fire departments nationwide. In today’s Viz, we highlight fire-related statistics covering the US during the period from 1977 to 2015.
According to the latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, in 2015, roughly 1.3 million fires were reported in the US, a 3.7 percent increase from 2014. Fires injured 15,700 civilians, killed another 3,280, and caused $14.3 billion in property damage. By fire type, structural fires caused the highest loss of lives and property:
The diverse responsibilities of and increasing calls to fire departments highlight the importance of departments to local communities and the potentially costly tradeoffs in performing such a diverse array of services. Firefighters in the US today respond to fires, hazardous materials breaches, medical aid alerts, and other emergency situations.
How prepared are you and your community to deal with home, business, and vehicle fires? Wildfires? In 2015, one civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes in the US, one death every 2 hours and 40 minutes. These tolls on human life could be viewed as a testament to the strength of US fire response and prevention given that fire departments in the US had to respond to a fire every 23 seconds.
The United States being the biggest economy in the world significantly influences the global economic situation. The US economy is comprehensively covered by data and statistics from multiple government and private sources. We selected the most significant and up-to-date ones and presented them in this cheat sheet.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, shark attacks on human populations have increased considerably. The total 98 unprovoked attacks confirmed in 2015 is the highest on record, surpassing the previous high of 88 attacks recorded in 2000. According to the International Shark Attack File - the only globally-comprehensive, scientific shark attack database in the world - the most attractive terrains globally for attacks are coastal areas of the United States, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia. In 2015, 164 total shark attacks were confirmed worldwide. Sixty percent (98 attacks) were unprovoked attacks. A majority of the other shark...
Dataset: Bangalore City Traffic Statistics
US police and other law enforcement agencies killed 1,146 persons last year, according to "The Counted", project by The Guardian, which is aimed to build a comprehensive record of such fatalities, monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how those people died. Approximately 20% of all persons killed had not attempted to use weapons, whereas roughly 50% of them attempted to use or used firearm. Nevertheless, this information is difficult to verify because often the only information available comes directly from law enforcement officials. In some cases, friends and relatives of people killed will dispute this official...