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Dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks

Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities and Barracks"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: August 2017


Report highlights

  • In 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 4,100 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. 
  • These fires caused annual averages of 35 civilian injuries, and $14 million in direct property damage.   
  • 87% of the reported structure fires involved cooking equipment. The vast majority of fires were specifically reported as contained or confined to cooking equipment.
  • Structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks are more common during the evening hours between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on weekends.
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Leading causes of fires civilian injuries and direct property damage in dormitory type properties


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