Topical Fire Reports "are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA's) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, high¬lights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. Also included are recent examples of fire incidents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report or that put the report topic in context." This report examines medical facility fires. Findings include: "(1) Between 2004 and 2006, an average of 6,400 fires occurred in medical facilities each year, resulting in over $34 million in losses; (2) Fifty-five percent of medical facility fires are small, confined cooking fires; (3) Medical facilities offering 24-hour care account for 89 percent of medical facility fires. Twenty-four-hour care facilities also account for 94 percent of cooking fires in all medical facilities; (4) Fire peaks coincide with meal preparation times; [and] (5) Automatic extinguishing systems are found more often in 24-hour care facilities than in clinics or medical offices."
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Topical Fire Report Series (May 2009), v.9 no.4