The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released a report detailing the risks of fires in high-rise apartment and office buildings. For the purposes of the report, a “high-rise” was any building more than 75 feet tall, which the NFPA estimates is about seven stories. Apartment high-rises, hospitals, hotels, and office buildings accounted for half of the high-rise fires between 2005 and 2009.
Overall, between 2005 and 2009, high-rise building fires happened less often than fires in shorter buildings. High-rise fires claimed fewer lives and caused fewer injuries, according to the NFPA report, than fires in shorter buildings. High-rise fires caused an average of 53 deaths and 546 injuries each year between 2005 and 2009. Fires in high-rise buildings also caused less property damage, and the repair costs for damage the fires did cost was lower.
Many factors may play a role in reducing high-rise fire risks, including deaths and injuries. For instance, the NFPA notes that high-rise buildings are often built with fire safety in mind. Because occupants of the higher stories of a high-rise building have fewer escape routes and need more time to get out of the building if a fire occurs, designers of high-rises are more likely to use fire-resistant building materials. They are also more likely to incorporate sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and early-warning systems so that occupants have more time to escape.
A fire can have many causes, from a negligent neighbor or repair person to a defective product. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a fire that was caused due to the negligence of a property owner, the experienced Southfield premises liability lawyers at Lipton Law can help. Our number is (248) 557-1688. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation.