Home and non-home fires involving office equipment

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Report: NFPA's "Home and Non-Home Fires Involving Office Equipment"
Author: John R. Hall, Jr.
Issued: September 2013 

The topic of this report is home and non-home fires involving office equipment, such as telephones, computers, and related equipment. The report includes statistics by equipment type, factor contributing to ignition, item first ignited and area of origin.

Executive Summary

This report provides statistics on structure fires involving office equipment such as computers and telephones. In 2007-2011, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to 1,360 structure fires per year involving office equipment, including 730 home fires and 630 non-home fires, with associated annual home losses of 11 civilian deaths, 51 civilian injuries and $28 million in direct property damage, and associated annual non-home losses of no civilian deaths, 11 civilian injuries and $42 million in direct property damage. Computer-related equipment accounted for 79% of the home office equipment fires and 67% of the non-home office equipment fires.

These estimates are based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) annual fire department experience survey.