For obtaining accurate and up to date statistics on fire losses in buildings under construction in the United States and Canada review the following sources:

Fires in Residential Properties Under Construction or Undergoing Major Renovation Campbell, Richard, Fire Analysis and Research Division, National Fire Protection Association, November 2014
Home and Non-Home Fires involving Torches and Burners Hall, John R., Fire Analysis and Research Division, National Fire Protection Association, May 2008
Non-Confined Structural Fires in Public Assembly, Educational, Institutional, Residential, Mercantile and Business Properties (Excluding one-and two-family homes and unclassified residential property) That Were Under Construction Ahrens, Marty, Fire Analysis and Research Division, National Fire Protection Association, April 2012

Visit These Websites For Up To Date Information

National fire Protection Association:
United States Fire administration:

Canadian reviewers should see:
Wijayasinghe, Mahendra, Office of the Fire Commissioner, Alberta Canada (undated), Fire Losses in Buildings under Construction


The mission of this website is to provide background information to both public and private sector organizations regarding how to reduce the frequency and severity of fires during construction. This site identifies many best management practices that were collected during a literature search.


This website was developed as a cooperative effort of the American Wood Council, an industry based Stakeholders Group and Fireforceone. The original research was based on search for management practices that could be utilized to “Reduce Fires in Buildings Under Construction”. The primary target audiences are those involved in the construction of large-area, multi-family housing.

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