A FEW FACTS ABOUT SPRINKLERS
The following statistics are taken from the Activity report and statistics on fires reported in 2012, prepared by the Ministère de la Sécurité publique.
- In 2010, 2011 and 2012, there were an average of 20 building fires per day across Québec—approximately one fire every 72 minutes.
- In 2012, 7,225 building fires were reported, for losses estimated at $467.9 million.
- Only 10% of buildings that caught fire were equipped with sprinklers.
- A National Fire Protection Association survey of 58,000 fires revealed a 96.2% efficacy rate for automatic sprinkler systems.
Probable causes of all fires reported in Québec in 2012 :
|Undetermined or unknown||59|
|Mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction||14|
|Incident referred for police investigation||7|
|Improper use of a flammable material (e.g., cooking oil)||4|
|Other (e.g., natural causes)||2|
|Improper use of an ignition source (e.g., playing with matches)||2|
|Improper use of equipment (e.g., electrical overload)||2|
|Faulty design, construction or installation||1|
Breakdown of building fires reported in 2012, by time of day:
|12 a.m. to 4:59 a.m.||14|
|5 a.m. to 9:59 a.m.||15|
|10 a.m. to 2:59 p.m.||23|
|3 p.m. to 7:59 p.m.||29|
|8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.||19|
Breakdown of building fires reported in 2012, by week day:
Breakdown of building fires reported in 2012, by month:
Breakdown of building fires reported in 2012, by building type:
|Other (fishing, hunting, mining)||2|
Estimated material losses related to building fires reported in 2012 :
Point of origin of residential building fires reported in 2012:
|Other location (home business)||12|
|Outdoor balcony, roof, wall||10|
|Indoor garage, storage locker, warehouse, cold room, etc. (storage area)||9|
|Living room, sitting room, library, etc.||8|
|Yard, deck, outdoor parking space, etc. (outdoor area)||8|
|Entrance, hallway, indoor staircase and other high-traffic areas||3|
|Chimney, pipe, ventilation duct, etc.||2|
|Hot water tank closet, boiler room, electrical room, workshop, etc.||3|
See also : Quebec's legislative framework