Dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks

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"Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities and Barracks" report (PDF, 294 KB)

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Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities and Barracks"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: November 2015

Overview of the fire problem in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and barracks, including trend tables, causes, time of day, day of week, month of year and area of origin. 

Executive Summary

In 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,870 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of one civilian death, 32 civilian fire injuries and $14 million in direct property damage.  Cooking equipment was involved in 86% of reported structure fires. Only 7% of fires in these properties began in the bedroom, but these fires accounted 15% of civilian fire injuries.  Fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks are more common during the evening hours, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., and on weekends. These estimates are based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual fire department experience survey.