NFPA’s “Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments”
Author: Richard Campbell
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Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments
Each year, U.S. municipal fire departments respond to a substantial number of fires in eating and drinking establishments.
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- During 2010-2014, an estimated average of 7,410 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments were reported to U.S. fire departments per year.
- These fires caused annual losses of three civilian deaths, 110 civilian injuries, and $165 million in direct property damage.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of these fires (61% of incidents). Electrical distribution and lighting equipment and heating equipment each accounted for 9% of fires.
- Cooking materials were the item first ignited in 43% of the fires in eating and drinking establishments.
- Seven out of ten (68%) of fires in eating and drinking establishments stay relatively small and do not spread beyond the object of origin.
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