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Warehouse Fires: a Bigger Threat Than Thought

Fire Disaster in Warehouse

fire protectionWarehouse fires are a big danger than you might realize. Here are just a few things you should know:

Warehouse Fires Are Highly Destructive.
Warehouse fires are far more destructive than you might realize. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were about 1,270 warehouse structure fires between 2007 and 2011 reported to U.S. fire departments on average each year. These fires led to the death of four civilians, and the injuries of another 23. Although warehouse structure fires have lower than average rates of injury per 1,000 fires, they’re still associated with higher average property losses per fire than most other occupancies.

Most Warehouse Fires Are Intentional.
Accidents happen. However, in the case of warehouse structure fires, the vast majority aren’t accidents. Almost one-fifth of warehouse fires were intentionally set. These fires accounted for a staggering 15% of the direct property damage in warehouse properties. That being said, electrical distribution and lighting equipment caused 13% of the fires, while heating equipment, and industrial equipment were the next most common causes of fires. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the majority of warehouse fires are intentional, which means that preventative measures aren’t enough. Property managers need to have commercial fire protection services outfit the structures with fire suppression systems in preparation.

Incidents of Warehouse Fires Have Declined, But Still Remain High.
The good news is that fires in warehouse properties have declined substantially over the past few decades. The bad news is that they’re still occurring too frequently. Over the past 30 years, fires in warehouse properties have declined from 4,700 in 1980 to 1,200 in 2011.

Warehouse fires are highly destructive, and are often purposeful. Property managers need to work with commercial fire protection companies to ensure the safety of their staff, and their property. If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.