Fire and Life Safety at Industrial and Manufacturing Properties

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Facts & Statistics

Industrial and manufacturing properties include utility, defense, agriculture, and mining properties. Over the last 3 decades there has been a substantial fall in fires that occur at these properties. This means that our industrial and manufacturing properties are becoming safer. But, this does not mean that we can become complacent with our safety at these locations. Because there are a lot of moving parts at industrial and manufacturing properties, it is important to always keep fire and life safety in mind.

Statistics

Between 2011-2015 NFPA estimated 37,910 fires at industrial and manufacturing properties. Per year the following is estimated in industrial and manufacturing properties:

  • $1.2 billion in property damage
  • 26,730 outside or unclassified fires
  • 7,770 structure fires
  • 3,410 vehicle fires

The percentage of all of these damages are:

  • Fires
    • Outside or Unclassified – 71%
    • Structure – 20%
    • Vehicle – 9%
  • Civilian Deaths
    • Outside or Unclassified – 17%
    • Structure – 49%
    • Vehicle – 34%
  • Civilian Injuries
    • Outside or Unclassified – 14%
    • Structure – 80%
    • Vehicle – 6%
  • Direct Property Damage
    • Outside or Unclassified – 22%
    • Structure – 67%
    • Vehicle – 11%
Cause of Fire

At industrial properties the leading causes of fire and fire related damages are:

  • Electrical Distribution and Lighting Equipment
    • Fires – 24%
    • Civilian Injuries – 9%
    • Direct Property Damage – 55%
  • Heating Equipment
    • Fires – 16%
    • Civilian Injuries – 16%
    • Direct Property Damage – 4%
  • Intentional
    • Fires – 9%
    • Civilian Injuries – 1%
    • Direct Property Damage – 1%
  • Cooking Equipment
    • Fires – 4%
    • Civilian Injuries – 0%
    • Direct Property Damage – 0%
  • Torch, Burner, or Soldering Iron
    • Fires – 4%
    • Civilian Injuries – 28%
    • Direct Property Damage – 5%
  • Exposure Fire
    • Fires – 3%
    • Civilian Injuries – 2%
    • Direct Property Damage – 5%

At manufacturing properties the leading cause of fire and fire related damages are:

  • Heating Equipment
    • Fires – 15%
    • Civilian Injuries – 9%
    • Direct Property Damage – 4%
  • Electrical Distribution and Lighting Equipment
    • Fires – 8%
    • Civilian Injuries – 7%
    • Direct Property Damage – 7%
  • Torch, Burner, or Soldering Iron
    • Fires – 6%
    • Civilian Injuries – 11%
    • Direct Property Damage – 7%
  • Cooking Equipment
    • Fires – 6%
    • Civilian Injuries – 2%
    • Direct Property Damage – 3%
  • Intentional
    • Fires – 3%
    • Civilian Injuries – 2%
    • Direct Property Damage – 3%
  • Exposure Fire
    • Fires – 3%
    • Civilian Injuries – 0%
    • Direct Property Damage – 2%
Time of Fire

NFPA also breaks down the timing of fires that occur in industrial and manufacturing properties. 40% of fires occurred between 8:00pm to 8:00am. In addition NFPA reports that, “these fires caused 50% of direct property damage, 27% of civilian injuries, and 45% of civilian deaths”.

NFPA reports the yearly percentages of industrial and manufacturing fires and their statistics on certain days of the week. These percentages are as follows:

  • Sunday
    • Fires – 10%
    • Civilian Deaths – 8%
    • Civilian Injuries – 5%
    • Direct Property Damage – 12%
  • Monday
    • Fires – 15%
    • Civilian Deaths – 27%
    • Civilian Injuries – 12%
    • Direct Property Damage – 19%
  • Tuesday
    • Fires – 16%
    • Civilian Deaths – 27%
    • Civilian Injuries – 12%
    • Direct Property Damage – 16%
  • Wednesday
    • Fires –16%
    • Civilian Deaths – 21%
    • Civilian Injuries – 16%
    • Direct Property Damage – 21%
  • Thursday
    • Fires – 16%
    • Civilian Deaths – 8%
    • Civilian Injuries – 20%
    • Direct Property Damage – 11%
  • Friday
    • Fires – 15%
    • Civilian Deaths – 16%
    • Civilian Injuries – 20%
    • Direct Property Damage – 11%
  • Saturday
    • Fires – 12%
    • Civilian Deaths – 7%
    • Civilian Injuries – 5%
    • Direct Property Damage – 13%
How to Protect Yourself

If work at an industrial and/or manufacturing property it is vital that you are cautious about the fire dangers that surround you and your work place. Therefore, it is important that you always wear your proper safety gear, maintain your equipment, and have an evacuation plan.

For more information about creating and maintaining a fire evacuation plan, click here to check out our previous blog post.

-The IFS Team