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The Most Common Causes of Fires in Commercial Buildings

In 2011 alone, more than 1 million commercial fires were reported. These fires cause untold amounts of damage, both financial and emotional, and the hassle of dealing with the ensuing paperwork and insurance claims cause serious headaches for business owners. There are many reasons why a fire may break out in a commercial building and in today’s blog, we explore some of the most common.

fires in commercial buildings

Fires in commercial buildings are unfortunately common.

The Most Common Causes of Fires in Commercial Buildings

Human error

Many fires are caused by simple mistakes which are often not meant maliciously. A coffee pot that has been accidentally left on or a cigarette butt that wasn’t completely extinguished can quickly cause a huge fire to break out. The misuse of common equipment is one of the most common reasons for commercial fires. The best way to prevent them is to ensure that all employees and visitors are aware of how to properly use all electrical equipment and to provide designated smoking areas with secure places to extinguish cigarettes.


Unfortunately, fires that have been deliberately set by people with bad intentions are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries, damage, and death in commercial building fires. Arson affects business owners, creates a risk of injury for employees and firefighters, and can result in job loss for workers. There are many reasons why people may commit arson, including the desire to collect insurance money, disgruntled employees, and vandalism. An automatic sprinkler system can go a long way in helping to minimize the damage of commercial fires.

Boilers, furnaces, and water heaters

These pieces of equipment are vital to the functioning of a commercial building, but when they have been improperly installed or incorrectly maintained, the risk of fire can be great. Sometimes these fires are also due to human error such as when combustible materials are stored too closely to furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. Ensure that your business has a fire safety plan in place to help ensure safety in the case of a commercial fire.

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