October 29, 2019 | Number of The Day
Number of people in NJ killed in fires in 2016

Fire safety continues to be a problem in the New Jersey, the country’s most densely populated state: 53 people were killed in fires in 2016 (the latest stats available), six of whom were firefighters. Some 239 were injured, according to the Fire in New Jersey Report compiled by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.

All told, there were 31,944 fires reported, 18,623 of which involved structures. Of those, 70% occurred in residential dwellings. A total of 53 fires were associated with educational institutions.

According to 2019 statistics from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, there are 35,421 firefighters protecting life and property in the state. All told, 1,388 are women.