Here’s a small bit of good news that may help offset — even to the slightest degree — the facts of life during the coronavirus pandemic. New Jersey had the lowest relative risk of civilian fire death in the country (0.4%), as reported in Fire in the United States 2008 — 2017, from the U.S. Fire Administration. Connecticut, California and Massachusetts ran a close second (0.6%).
To put the Garden State’s rating in perspective, residents were 60% less likely to die in a fire than the population as a whole. A total of 23 states and the District of Columbia had a relative risk higher than that of the general population.