Analysis of Fire Statistics in Canada 1986-2000

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleResearch Report, NRC Institute for Research in Construction; Volume 172
Physical description32 p.
AbstractFire is a challenge faced by all society and Canada is no exception. The consequences of fire in terms of human lives and material damages are an important tool to aid in identifying potential hazards in the built environment. The analysis of the fire data gathered for the period 1986-2000 reveals that the fire incidents sloped downward over the last few years. However, with an annual average of 63,622 fires occurring over the last 15 years, the number of fires in this country is still high. Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are the provinces in which 90% of the fires occurred and over 92% of these fire costs were recorded. Residential houses are the properties most affected: 42% of the fires, and approximately 80% of the fire deaths took place in residential properties. Cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical distribution equipment, and smoker's materials are the leading factors responsible for fire in Canada. They account for 42% of the fires across the country. Mechanical and electrical failures are also important circumstances leading to fire incidents.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number16492
NPARC number20377010
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