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Eating and drinking establishments

Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: February 2017

 

Report highlights

  • During 2010-2014, an estimated average of 7,410 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments were reported to U.S. fire departments per year.
  • These fires caused annual losses of three civilian deaths, 110 civilian injuries, and $165 million in direct property damage.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of these fires (61% of incidents).  Electrical distribution and lighting equipment and heating equipment each accounted for 9% of fires.
  • Cooking materials were the item first ignited in 43% of the fires in eating and drinking establishments.
  • Seven out of ten (68%) of fires in eating and drinking establishments stay relatively small and do not spread beyond the object of origin.


Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments by Major Cause: 2010-2014

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