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Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Educational Properties"
Author: Richard Campbell

Issued: January 2016


Report highlights

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 5,100 structure fires in educational properties, annually, which accounts for 1% of all structure fires. 
  • These fires caused an annual average of one civilian death, 79 civilian fire injuries and $88 million in direct property damage. 
  • An estimated 650 structure fires per year were reported in college classrooms and adult education centers (13%), while an average of 580 structure fires (11%) was reported annually in day care centers.
  • Intentionally set fires were the leading cause of fires in educational properties taken as a whole, accounting for nearly two of five of fires in these properties (38%).
  • Almost 30% of the fires in educational properties began in a lavatory or locker room, while 20% of fires began in a kitchen or cooking area.  
More statistics

Structure fires in educational properties 2009-2013

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