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December 12, 2009

NFPA Report: Industrial and Manufacturing Fires

From 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 10,500 structure fires in industrial and manufacturing properties include utility, defense, petrochemical, agriculture and mining properties and manufacturing and processing properties.

These fires caused an annual average of 12 civilian deaths, 300 civilian fire injuries and $509 million in direct property damage.

Key findings include:

  • 29% of fires involved shop tools and industrial equipment, and caused 54% of civilian fire injuries
  • 15% of fires started in process / manufacturing areas or workrooms (the leading area of origin)
  • 6% of fires started in machinery rooms or areas
  • 11% of fires began with trash or waste
  • 10% of fires began with flammable or combustible liquids or gases, filters, or piping
  • 10% of fires began with dust, fiber, lint, sawdust or similar material
  • 6% of fires began with electrical wire or cable insulation

Do you have adequate fire safety warning signs in key areas of your workplace? It might be worth another look to be sure.

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