Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Educational Properties"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: January 2016
- U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 5,100 structure fires in educational properties, annually, which accounts for 1% of all structure fires.
- These fires caused an annual average of one civilian death, 79 civilian fire injuries and $88 million in direct property damage.
- An estimated 650 structure fires per year were reported in college classrooms and adult education centers (13%), while an average of 580 structure fires (11%) was reported annually in day care centers.
- Intentionally set fires were the leading cause of fires in educational properties taken as a whole, accounting for nearly two of five of fires in these properties (38%).
- Almost 30% of the fires in educational properties began in a lavatory or locker room, while 20% of fires began in a kitchen or cooking area.
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