Originally Posted by Dhill
I would think that any fire on a ship would be poseing a danger to everyone and everything on board
On the 23 cruise ships I have managed over the past 30 years, we have had one or more fires onboard nearly every week.
They usually occur in the predictable places; engine room, galley, incinerator room, laundry.
On very rare occasions they happen in crew cabins, and relatively more often in passenger cabins.
The majority of passenger cabin fires are caused by irons, hair curlers, candles, and incense.
Most fires on ships are so small that they are extinguished with the equivalent of a glass of water.
Most fires on ships are not even reported to the passengers, because they are so insignificant that it is not worth waking up passengers at night, or disturbing their Bingo game to tell them about it.
Do they pose a danger to everyone on board?
Technically, yes they do.
So how many passengers have been killed by fires on cruise ships?
Actually, very few.
In the past 100 years, far more people were killed by shark attacks than by ship fires.
Last year alone, just in America, far more people were killed by riding lawn mowers than all the people killed worldwide by passenger ship fires in all of recorded history.
Should we still be concerned about fire on cruise ships?
But by putting risk into logical perspective, we might worry just a bit more about the dangers of swimming in the ocean and mowing our lawns.