Each year in the U.S. there are an estimated 1,300 fires in high school, private and prep school, and university dormitories. These fires are responsible for less than 5 deaths, and approximately 50 injuries, and $4.1 million in property loss annually. This topical report examines the characteristics of fires coded in the National Fire Incident Reporting System occuring in dormitories. Subjects examined include loss measures, time of year, cause, materials ignited, injuries, smoke alarm performance, and conclusions.
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