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                                Hotel and Motel Structure Fires

U. S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,970 structure fires in hotels
and motels in 2003-2007. These fires caused an annual average of
11 civilian deaths, 151 civilian fire injuries, and $63.3 million in direct property damage

         •     In an average year, one of every 12 hotels or motels reported a
               structure fire.
         •     Cooking equipment was involved in 40% of the fires, 18% of the
               injuries, and 7% of the direct property damage.
         •     Only 5% of the fires were intentionally set, but these accounted for
               17% of the associated property damage.

                               Leading Causes of Hotel and Motel Fires
                                            2003-2007


                Cooking equipment                                                       40%
                                                    7%

          Clothes dryer or washer                        10%
                                                    7%

                Heating equipment                      8%
                                                       8%
   Contained trash or rubbish fire                  7%
                                         0%                                   Fires

                Smoking materials                6%                           Property damage
                                                  7%
  Electrical distribution or lighting            6%
             equipment                                      11%

                         Intentional            5%
                                                                  17%

                             Candle           3%
                                               4%

                                        0%           10%          20%   30%           40%        50%


         •     Only 11% of hotel and motel fires began in bedrooms, but these fires
               caused 70% of the associated civilian deaths and 35% of the injuries.
         •     When sprinklers were present and operated, 91% of sprinklers in hotel
               or motel fires operated effectively when present.
         •     Most hotel and motel fires are minor. Seventy-three percent were
               confined to the object of origin. Only 8% extended beyond the room
               of origin.
These estimates are derived from the U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Incident Reporting System
(NFIRS) Version 5.0 and NFPA’s annual fire department survey. Data from the American Hotel and
Lodging Association’s series, Lodging Industry Profile, were also used.



Source: Hotel and Motel Fires, Jennifer Flynn, NFPA Fire Analysis and Research, Quincy, MA, March, 2010.

				
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