Advances in automatic fire and smoke detection, central station alarms, and automatic sprinklers have helped property losses decline slightly in the last decade. However, despite all of this, the number of fires in student housing buildings across the United States remains relatively consistent.
Buildings including apartments, townhouses, row houses, condominiums, and other tenement properties, tend to have stricter fire and life-safety code requirements than single family housing units.
On average, there are over 100,000 multifamily residential building fires in the United States each and every year. Here are some facts on these fires:
400 deaths on average per year
Over 4,000 injuries on average per year
$1.3 billion in property losses.
Roughly 1/3rd to 1/2 of the these stats are originating from cooking equipment mishaps:
45 percent of reported home structure fires
17 percent of home fire deaths
42 percent of home fire injuries
16 percent of direct property damage
An official report from the Fire Safety commission stated the following:
“cooking equipment was involved in more than two-thirds (69 percent) of reported apartment fires and about one-third (35 percent) of fires in one- or two-family homes, although it was the leading cause in both.”
Cooking-related fires present a significant exposure in student housing and commercial cooking properties.
Heating equipment had the second-highest fire frequency, at over 5 percent.
The remaining causes were from the following:
The majority of multifamily residential building fires, 73.8 percent, did not extend beyond the original object or area of origin, such as the kitchen stove. Fires that did extend beyond the area of origin were usually cooking-related fires.
Rochester Smart Student Housing urges each and every student to follow proper fire safety guidelines when saying in one of our off-campus housing units. Fire safety is imperative and can mean the difference between life and death.