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ERIC Number: ED498391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
School Fires. Topical Fire Research Series. Volume 8, Issue 1
US Department of Homeland Security
Using the past 3 years of data, for 2003 to 2005, from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) database, the yearly national fire loss for fires on nonadult school properties is estimated at $85 million. Such losses are the result of an estimated annual average of 14,700 fires that required a fire department response. Fires on school properties caused an average of approximately 100 injuries. No fatalities were reported to NFIRS during this period. Forty percent of these school-related fires occurred outdoors on school property. Trash fires accounted for 36% of these outside fires, and fires in open fields or woods accounted for an additional 19%. Forty-three percent of fires on school properties, an estimated 6,300 fires, were structure fires. Slightly over half of these structure fires were confined to the object where the fire started, such as a small cooking fire (20%) or a fire confined to a trash can (28%). Six percent of fires on school properties were vehicle fires. This document discusses how to make schools safe when fires start on school properties, causes of school structural fires, juvenile firesetters, where school structure fires start, material ignited in school structure fires, and examples. (Contains 5 figures, 2 tables, and 17 notes.) [This document was produced by the National Fire Data Center under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's US Fire Administration (USFA), an component of the US Department of Homeland Security.]
US Department of Homeland Security. Washington, DC 20528. Tel: 202-282-8000; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC. U.S. Fire Administration.