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Statistics on Fires by Property Type and How to Protect Your Property

Fires can happen anywhere. This is why it is very important to make sure that your property is up to code and protected with the proper fire and life safety systems.

Damage from Property Fires

NFPA has put together the following data to show the annual average amount of fires, deaths, injuries, and property loss for each property type:

  • Assembly
    • Fires – 15,441
    • Deaths – 1
    • Injuries – 9
    • Property Loss – $40,433,991
  • Educational
    • Fires – 4,652
    • Deaths – 0
    • Injuries – 9
    • Property Loss – $8,432,285
  • Heath Care, Detention, & Correction
    • Fires – 2,884
    • Deaths – 1
    • Injuries – 20
    • Property Loss – $6,082,556
  • Residential
    • Fires – 149,873
    • Deaths – 37
    • Injuries – 439
    • Property Loss – $248,523,982
  • Mercantile or Business
    • Fires – 22,308
    • Deaths – 3
    • Injuries – 31
    • Property Loss – $50,839,388
  • Industrial, Utility, Defense, Agriculture, Mining
    • Fires – 21,827
    • Deaths – 2
    • Injuries – 20
    • Property Loss – $152,047,228
  • Manufacturing, Processing
    • Fires – 3,964
    • Deaths – 1
    • Injuries – 17
    • Property Loss – $94,607,949
  • Storage
    • Fires – 8,651
    • Deaths – 1
    • Injuries – 19
    • Property Loss – $96,602,270
  • Outside or Special Property
    • Fires – 360,392
    • Deaths – 43
    • Injuries – 230
    • Property Loss – $2,211,025,522
  • Unclassified or Unknown Property Use
    • Fires – 30,010
    • Deaths – 2
    • Injuries – 13
    • Property Loss – $30,021,642
Most Common Types of Property Fires

NFPA broke down the above categories even further. The top 3 places in each property type category for fires to break out are:

  • Assembly
  1. Variable use, amusement, or recreation
  2. Eating or drinking place
  3. Place of worship or funeral property
  • Educational
  1. Preschool through grade 12
  2. Adult education or college classrooms
  3. Day care
  • Heath Care, Detention, & Correction
  1. Clinic or doctor’s office
  2. Nursing home
  3. Hospital or hospice
  • Residential
  1. One or two family dwelling
  2. Apartment or multi-family dwelling
  3. Unclassified or unknown
  • Mercantile or Business
  1. Unclassified or unknown
  2. Grocery or convenience store
  3. Office, bank, or mail facility
  • Industrial, Utility, Defense, Agriculture, Mining
  1. Forest, timberland, or woodland
  2. Agriculture
  3. Utility or distribution system
  • Manufacturing, Processing
  1. Manufacturing or Processing
  • Storage
  1. Storage, other
  2. Vehicle storage, garage, or fire station
  3. Warehouse, residential, or self-storage
  • Outside or Special Property
  1. Open land, beach, or campsite
  2. Highway, street, or parking area
  3. Unclassified or unknown
  • Unclassified or Unknown Property Use
How to Protect Your Properties

With all of these statistics it is obvious that fires cause a lot of damage in a lot of different areas. This damage can be costly to both people’s lives and properties. Two main systems that can help protect you and your property from fire are fire alarm systems and fire sprinkler systems.

Fire alarm systems help alert you and your occupants of fire. These systems can be set off by heat or smoke. They do not stop the fire from happening, but they do allow for prompt notification. This allows all of the occupants of the building to evacuate quickly and safely. And, it allows for the proper emergency services to be alerted as soon as the alarms are set off. This quick alert means that the fire department will arrive quickly to extinguish the fire as fast as possible.

Fire sprinkler systems help extinguish the fire so it does not spread. These systems are set off by heat activated bulbs inside the fire sprinkler. When a fire breaks out, the heat from the fire will cause the glass bulb inside of the fire sprinkler to break. This will begin water flow to extinguish the fire so it does not spread to other areas of your property.

If your property has both fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems then your property is protected on all fronts. But, it is important that your systems are kept up to code and inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they will work in the event of a fire.

More Information

For more information about fires in certain types of facilities check out these previous blog posts of ours:

For more information about fire and life safety systems and inspections check out these previous blog posts of ours:

If you would like a quote for a fire alarm or fire sprinkler to protect your property give us a call at 888-987-5322.

-The IFS Team