"There were an estimated 14,300 fires at non�'adult schools in 2002, causing $103.6 million in property damage and 122 injuries Of these, 6,000 (42%) were structure fires. Nearly half of school structure fires were confined to the object where the fire started, such as a small cooking fire (17%) or a fire confined to a trash can (26%). The majority of school fires occurred outdoors on school property and include trash fires (23%), other outdoor fires, including open fields or woods (18%), and vehicle fires (7%). Educational institutions are governed by strict inspection and fire/life safety codes. Most schools built since the late 1970s are required to have sprinkler and other fire/smoke alarm systems. This is a likely explanation why, as shown in Figure 1, no deaths from school structure fires were reported in 2002 and such fires were less damaging than non�'residential fires generally. Fires in schools were, however, more injurious than other non�'residential structure fires."
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Topical Fire Report Series (December 2004), v.4 no.6