Schools / Universities

The critical nature of our educational institutions demands state of the art fire protection to protect our students, staff, educators and facilities. With more than 50% of fires at Schools and Universities originating from cooking operations, it is not enough to simply have the best fire protection solutions designed and properly installed they must be serviced and maintained by competent persons who possess the knowledge, as well as the appreciation, of the importance and special requirements afforded to our Schools and Universities.

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nfpa_sidebarStructure Fires in Educational Properties

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 6,260 structure fires in educational properties in 2005-2009, annually. These fires caused annual averages of 85 civilian fire injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

The majority of fires and losses in educational properties were in nursery through high schools.

Structure Fires in Educational Properties by Occupancy Type
2005-2009 Annual Averages

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EDUCATIONAL PROPERTY STRUCTURE FIRES BY FACILITY TYPE
The following estimates are annual averages for 2005-2009


DAY CARE CENTERS

  • 590 structure fires
  • 8 civilian injuries
  • $4.5 million in direct property damage

Leading Causes

  • Cooking equipment

Area of Origin

  • Kitchen or cooking area
  • Bathroom

Item 1st Ignited

  • Cooking materials including food
  • 9% of fires in these properties extended beyond room of origin

Peak Times

  • Weekdays
  • 9 a.m. – Noon

COLLEGE CLASSROOM BUILDINGS AND ADULT EDUCATION CENTERS

  • 750 structure fires
  • 6 civilian injuries
  • $5.5 million in direct property damage

Leading Causes

  • Cooking equipment
  • Intentional

Area of Origin

  • Kitchen or cooking area
  • Lavatory or bathroom
  • Laboratory

Item 1st Ignited

  • Cooking materials, including food
  • Rubbish, trash, or waste
  • 5% of fires in these properties extended beyond room of origin

Peak Times

  • Weekdays
  • Afternoon and early evening hours

PRESCHOOLS THROUGH GRADES 12

  • 4,510 structure fires
  • 68 civilian injuries
  • $95 million in direct property damage

Leading Causes

  • Half were intentionally set
  • Cooking equipment
  • Playing with heat source

Area of Origin

  • Lavatory
  • Kitchen or cooking area

Item 1st Ignited

  • Trash or rubbish
  • Paper (magazines, newspaper, etc.)
  • 7% of fires in these properties extended beyond room of origin

Peak Times

  • Weekdays
  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Source: Structure Fires in Educational Properties, PKG14, 6/11, NFPA Fire Analysis and Research, Quincy, MA.