Fire Fatalities and Mortality Rate

As a response to reduce the number of lives that are lost annually in residential fires in Tennessee, the original “An Analysis of Civilian Residential Fire Deaths in Tennessee,” fire fatalities and mortality rate study was produced by the University of Tennessee in cooperation with the Tennessee Fire Chief's Association (TFCA), Tennessee Fire Safety Inspector Association (TFSIA), and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO). 

Updated April 12, 2019

2019  Fire Fatalities: 19



Updated April 12, 2019

GET ALARMED: 272 Lives Saved

CLOSE THE DOOR: 3 Lives Saved



End of the Year Totals

2018  Fire Fatalities: 99

2018 Get Alarmed, TN saves: 53 (Total 259)




Oxygen Enriched Atmospheres (OEAs) are a major fire hazard

  • A house fire in Knoxville claimed the life of a 67-year-old female resident on April 16th. 

  • The fire started when a lit cigarette was too close to a medical oxygen supply, igniting the victim's clothing and spreading to the rest of the room. 

  • The fire was contained to the room of origin and there were smoke alarms present.

Fire Prevention resource: 

  • Medical oxygen adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air. Because fire needs oxygen, if a fire should start in an oxygen-enriched area, the material burning will burn more quickly. 

  • Homes where medical oxygen is used need specific fire safety rules to keep people safe from fire and burns. 

  • Educate residents in your area about the dangers of home medical oxygen using NFPA's medical oyxgen tip sheet or this YouTube video from Murfreesboro FD. More resources are available in the SFMO's monthly fire prevention education guide. 

Greg Adams, Director of Education and Outreach

Fire Prevention Division - TN State Fire Marshal's Office

Davy Crockett Tower, 9th Floor
500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN  37243
Office: 615-532-5844