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A fire safety primer for your facility

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January 1, 2019

Every year, it bears repeating: Fires happen, and you can prevent that.

Yet they keep happening. According to NFPA statistics, from 2011 to 2015, United States fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 5,750 structure fires in healthcare properties each year. These fires caused annual averages of two civilian deaths, 157 civilian injuries, and $50.4 billion in direct property damage. Fires in nursing homes accounted for a disproportionately higher share of civilian injuries, but a smaller share of direct property damage, relative to other healthcare facilities.

On the home front, the NFPA says that people who have a reported fire in their home are more likely to die today than they were a few decades ago. This startling statistic helped shape this year’s NFPA Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware—fire can happen anywhere.”



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