According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over 40,000 fires in manufacturing and industrial properties in the U.S. are reported to the country’s fire departments each year. While laws and fire codes vary from state to state, there are many that apply specifically to those in the manufacturing industry. Since manufacturing buildings and facilities are used to make things, they typically present a variety of different types of unique fire hazards and code violations to be aware of.
Structure fires are the most common type of fire reported from manufacturing or processing properties. To be specific, vehicle fires, electrical distribution and lighting equipment caused almost a quarter of these structure fires, with heating equipment and fires from hot embers/ashes closely following.