NFPA releases high-rise fire study
High-rise fires lead to tremendous injury and property damage. The NFPA has released a study that reviews statistics and provides analysis on this dangerous occurrence.
John R. Hall, Jr., the NFPA assistant vice president for fire analysis and research, has released a study about high-rise building fires. The report details overall statistics, analysis, and includes a discussion of risk in high-rise fires.
Between 2003 and 2006, an average of 13,400 high-rise fires/year took place, according to the NFPA. Those fires led to more than 60 civilian deaths, nearly 500 civilian injuries, and $179 million in property damage/year. Office buildings, healthcare facilities, and hotels were among the most common locations for high-rise fires. The risks of fire, fire death, and direct property damage due to fire tend to be lower in high-rise buildings than in other buildings with the same property use.
Readers can review the study's abstract and table of contents on the NFPA website .
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