Owning a hotel or motel can be a great income generator, but it can also come with many structural fire risks. There are quite possibly hundreds of people from all walks of life checking in and checking out on a daily basis. As the owner, it is impossible to know the hotel guests’ backgrounds and what they are capable of. It is just too easy for anyone to strike a match, and then your entire investment goes up in flames.
While we may think of guests as being the primary reason that fires start in hotels or motels, many fires actually start for other reasons. The National Fire Protection Association released some surprising statistics. This information shows that preventing structural fires is a lot easier than you might think. In fact, it is actually cooking equipment that has been found responsible for approximately 45% of structure fires in hotels and motels.
Aside from cooking equipment, the statistics show that the main reasons fires started in hotels and motels were due to:
- Smoking materials (10%)
- Heating equipment (9%)
- Clothes dryer or washer (9%)
- Intentional (8%)
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment (6%)
If you are a hotel or motel owner whose building was ravaged by fire and your commercial property insurance claim was denied, it's time to take action. The Voss Law Firm, P.C. will speak with you about how to dispute an insurance denial and fight against your denied claim. Call a fire insurance lawyer today at 888-614-7730.