The National Fire Protection Association claims that office fires causes about $112 million in property damage every year. It is very important to prevent from such damages and loses, that can happen to anyone if there is no proper fire alarm system installed in the building. A proper level of fire safety and building protection is required for all businesses!
According to the latest NFPA report, U.S. fire departments responded to nearly 1,4 millions of fires. In general, these fires caused 3 390 deaths and 14 650 injuries between civilians. In the same period of time, 69 firefighters were heavily injured and 62 thousands got slightly hurt while being on duty.
The results presented in this report are based on fire incidents attended by public fire departments. No adjustments were made for unreported fires and losses (e.g., fires extinguished by the occupant). Also, no adjustments were made for fires attended solely by private fire brigades (e.g., industry and military installations), or for fires extinguished by fixed suppression systems with no fire department response. [Source: Research. Fire Loss in the United States During 2016, Hylton J.G. Haynes, September 2017 National Fire Protection Association].
RESIDENTIAL & NON-RESIDENTIAL FIRES
In the report, there are two main categories of properties: residential and non-residential. First ones include single and multiple family homes, apartments, hotels, motels, dormitories and boarding houses. Second ones include all public assembly, health care, correctional institutions, schools, colleges, stores, offices, industrial and storage facilities and any other structure such as bridge or outbuilding. The report data shows that there were 104 thousands of non-residential fires in 2016 and 371,5 thousands of residential fire incidents.AVERAGE RESPONSE OF U.S. FIRE DEPARTMENTS:
- A fire situation: every 24 seconds;
- A serious structure fire: every 66 seconds;
- A serious home fire: every 90 seconds;
- An unclassified fire: every 48 seconds;
- A highway fire situation: every 182 seconds.
TRAGIC FIRE RESULTS
As we pointed at the very beginning of this article, there were nearly 1,4 millions of fires reported in 2016. These fires caused 3 390 deaths and 14 650 injuries between civilians. The report puts these numbers down to main categories: residential fire civilian deaths, non-residential fire civilian deaths, others.
According to that, there were 2 800 civilian deaths in total in residential group. 2 735 deaths in home structure fires and 65 in hotels, motels or other residential occupancies.
150 civilians died in fires of non-residential structures. NFPA points that this number is a significant increase of 87 percent from the previous year. That means that all owners of non-residential properties need to put much more attention to fire alarm systems.
MAJOR STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING THE DEATH TOLL IN FIRES
The NFPA announced five major ways to reduce level of death in fire situations:
First, more widespread public fire safety education is needed on how to prevent fires and how to avoid serious injury or death if a fire occurs(…) Second, people need to install and maintain smoke alarms and to develop and practice escape plans. Third, wider use of sprinklers must be aggressively pursued. Fourth, additional ways must be sought to make home products safer from fire (…) Finally, the special fire safety needs of high-risk groups such as African American children, older adults, the poor, and people with disabilities need to be addressed. [Source: Research. Fire Loss in the United States During 2016, Hylton J.G. Haynes, September 2017 National Fire Protection Association].
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