Sunday, February 7

Church Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association(NFPA):

An average of 1,300 church fires are reported each year, causing $38 million in property damage.

The leading cause of church fires is arson (25%).

30% of church fires are the result of mechanical failures. Faulty wiring and improperly functioning heating systems are often at fault, perhaps because the are in older structures and have not been brought up to local fire codes. 

Of churches that reported fires, 65% had no smoke alarms and 96% had no sprinkler systems.

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