|U. S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,900 structure fires in hotels and motels in 2002-2005. These fires caused an annual average of 11 civilian deaths, 144 civilian fire injuries, and $64 million in direct property damage.
Facts & figures
- Smoking materials started 6% of the fires in hotels and motels; these fires caused 39% of the civilian deaths.
- Only 5% of hotel and motel fires were intentionally set, but these accounted for 33% of the associated property damage.
- Twelve percent of the reported fires in hotels and motels originated in the bedroom; these fires caused 74% of civilian fire deaths and 41% of the civilian fire injuries.
Source: NFPA's "Hotels and Motels" report by Marty Ahrens, March 2008.
More on this topic
Related articles from NFPA Journal®