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U. S.  fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,900 structure fires in hotels and motels in 2002-2005. These fires caused an annual average of 11 civilian deaths, 144 civilian fire injuries, and $64 million in direct property damage.

Facts & figures

  • Smoking materials started 6% of the fires in hotels and motels; these fires caused 39% of the civilian deaths.
  • Only 5% of hotel and motel fires were intentionally set, but these accounted for 33% of the associated property damage.
  • Twelve percent of the reported fires in hotels and motels originated in the bedroom; these fires caused 74% of civilian fire deaths and 41% of the civilian fire injuries.

  Source: NFPA's "Hotels and Motels" report by Marty Ahrens, March 2008.

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