NFPA recently released an updated report regarding fires in educational properties. The report details the fire problems in nursery schools through high schools, college classroom or adult education center buildings, and day-care centers. Some of the report's findings:
- There were 6,260 structure fires per year between 2005 and 2009 at these properties
- Half of fires in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools were intentionally set
- Direct property damage per reported fire was 71% lower in these properties when wet pipe sprinklers were present, compared to fires with no automatic extinguishing equipment present
All visitors: download the report executive summary and a fact sheet
NFPA members: download the full report for free
Additionally, NFPA offers safety tips for schools.