According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to 3,300+ office property fires per year for a total damage of $112 million each year, and most were in business offices – and happened during business hours. One in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. Overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult. However depending on the size of the fire and the amount of damage with the right restoration company and team on your side, to help it is possible to reopen in just days after the fire happened. No matter the severity, recovery is possible. Thanks to smoke odor remover, fire damage restoration, cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start work immediately after the fire department leaves.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Statistics
The National Fire Protection Association is an international nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.
- Peak time of day for office fires is lunch time: noon until 2:00 p.m.
- Between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. fires that happened are about 69%
- The 31% that occur between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage. This is because they went undetected. This proves how essential detection equipment and a working sprinkler system is needed.
- only 19% of fines happen on weekends.
Cause of the Business Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the five most common causes of fires in commercial buildings are cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical and lighting equipment, smoking materials, and intentional fire setting.
Containment and Putting Out the Fire
Containment doesn’t necessarily mean a fire isn’t still raging. Rather than describing how much of the fire has been put out or beaten back, containment actually refers to the perimeter that firefighters create around the fire to keep it from spreading.
- 4 out of 5 fires are confined to the room of origin
- 90% of fires activated sprinklers
- Deaths per 1000 were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers
Industrial/Manufacturing Facility Fires
During 2011-2015, there were an estimated 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties (including utility, defense, agriculture, and mining) reported to U.S. fire departments each year, with associated annual losses of 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. The vast majority of these fires (71%) occurred in outside or unclassified locations, with another 20% taking place in structures and 9% of the fires in vehicles. The 20% of fires taking place in structures accounted for the largest shares of losses in all categories – 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage. Almost two-thirds (65%) of the combined industrial or manufacturing facility structure fires occurred specifically in manufacturing properties (as opposed to utility, industrial, defense, agriculture, and mining properties).
Create a Total Restoration Plan
Is your business or nonprofit prepared for an emergency? Disasters like flooding and water damage, fire and smoke, mold, severe weather, or other destructive forces can strike at any time, damaging your commercial property and disrupting operations. That’s why it’s important to work with a trusted professional restoration company to create a commercial emergency restoration plan before anything happens to your business.
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