Seven Statistics on Workplace and House Fires

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: September 30th, 2015
Topics: Fire Protection |

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October is Fire Prevention Month and Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 is Fire Prevention Week. The theme for 2015 is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep—Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” Here are seven statistics relating to workplace and home fire safety that you should share with your workers:

  1. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just over three percent of all workplace fatalities in 2013 were caused by fires and explosions.
  2. More than 50 percent of people who operate a fire extinguisher do so incorrectly or dangerously, such as using the wrong type of fire extinguisher on a fire; not sweeping across a fire; not aiming at the base of a fire; or not continuing to spray after a fire is out. (Fire & Safety Australia)
  3. There are approximately 6,000 office fires across the United States every year. (Seattle Fire Department Fire Prevention Division)
  4. Five common fire and life safety hazards to watch for in the workplace are missing or broken fire safety equipment; burned out exit lights; accumulated trash; open fire doors; and blocked stairways. (Seattle Fire Department Fire Prevention Division)
  5. In an average week, eight Canadians die as a result of fires. (Government of Canada)
  6. Workplace fires kill 200 workers and injure about 5,000 more throughout the United States every year. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
  7. Workers should never fight a workplace fire under these three conditions: If the fire is large or spreading quickly; if their escape route could be blocked by the spread of fire; and if they are not trained in the correct use of a fire extinguisher or are unsure of the type of fire that is burning.

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