Most of the injuries caused by fires are due to burns, and if extensive can lead to death. People who actually die in a fire often do so from smoke inhalation. Some individuals jump from burning buildings and may be injured or killed. Others are killed in a fire by falling objects. All these deaths are included here. Deaths from fires can be reduced by safety measures, such as smoke alarms. In large buildings fire escapes and escape routes are important. Causes of fires, especially from heating and cooking appliances, can be reduced by safety measures. Oil, gas, petrol and electricity all contain risks which can be reduced by safety regulations. Fire services can save lives, but often only if the can be quick.
Fires caused 0.5% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, an average of 50 deaths per million people per year.