Educational Schools & Institutions
Multicorp fire technicians are servicing over 500 educational facilities in the Baltimore and surrounding areas. Our trained technicians are very familiar with educational institutions and the importance of fire protection safety. Students, parents, faculty and staff all count on our protection.
As per the research Structure Fires in Schools report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFED) in September of 2019:
Key Findings • Local fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated average of 3,320 fires in school properties from preschool through grade twelve in 2013–2017. • The fires in these school properties caused an estimated average of one civilian death, 42 civilian injuries, and $42 million in direct property damage a year. • School property fires accounted for 1 percent of all US structure fires during this period and less than 1 percent of the accompanying civilian fatalities, injuries, and direct property damage. • Nearly three in five school fires were small fire incidents identified as “confined fires,” meaning they were confined to the cooking equipment, chimneys, fireplaces, or boilers or trash in which they ignited. • Two in five school fires were intentionally set. Fires with an intentional cause were more prevalent in high school and middle schools (47% of total) than in elementary schools (37%). • Almost one-third of school fires were caused by cooking equipment and 10 percent by heating equipment.
High School and Middle School Fires • In high school and middle school fires, nearly half of property damage was caused by a small share of fires occurring between midnight and 4 a.m., when buildings were unlikely to be occupied. • Fires in high schools and middle schools were much more likely to originate in a lavatory or locker room than any other area. Fires originating in heating equipment rooms were rare events, but accounted for the greatest share of direct property damage.
Elementary School Fires • Elementary school fires most often began with the ignition of trash or cooking materials. • Several leading factors contributing to the ignition of elementary school fires had behavioral implications, including playing with a heat source, a misuse of a material or product, unattended equipment, and abandoned or discarded material or product. • Electrical failures or malfunctions and mechanical failures or malfunctions also contributed to a substantial share of fires and potentially suggest gaps in maintenance and repair of school equipment or infrastructure. • Lighters and matches together provided the heat source in almost three in 10 elementary school fires.
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