Commercial Fire Causes in Northern Virginia Businesses
Fire damage to your commercial business in Northern Virginia can be catastrophic. It does not matter the nature of your business, it can mean downtime, loss of goods, costly equipment loss, loss of property, or worse. A fire can quickly spread through a building and even put your team at risk. If you are not prepared it can be a situation that escalates faster than you are ready to handle. Good planning can help ensure that a fire does not happen or, if it does, how it can be handled quickly and effectively. Find below, the United States Fire Administration’s list of the top five leading causes of a commercial fire.
Top causes of fires in commercial buildings
According to data from the United States Fire Administration, between 2006 and 2015, the top causes of fires in commercial buildings were:
Cooking is a huge danger, and it was a culprit behind 30,900 fires within the past decade. Therefore, it is so important to install fire alarms and a sprinkler system in your kitchen to prevent against the worst!
Unintentional and Careless Behavior
This is a broad category. Unintentional and careless behavior, better known as accidents, caused more than 10,900 fires. While it’s hard to stop people from being careless, business owners and property managers cannot afford to be.
Intentionally set fires represented 9,800 of the total fires in these properties.
Problems with the electricity or wiring in a building caused around 7,000 fires in the past decade.
Problematic HVAC systems are the culprit behind about 6,000 commercial fires nationwide.
Trust that our team at SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge and SERVPRO of Woodbridge/Lorton keeps in mind that time down for your business, is money lost. Our team will work around the clock to make sure it is “Like it never even happened,” and your business is back up and running!