Major wood pallet fires?

Posted to Design, Maps  |  Nathan Yau

I put this up only because I had no idea wood pallet risks were such a hot topic. No pun intended.

Of course, if you compare number of pallet fires to number of residential fires, the above almost seems like nothing. There were 20 major pallet fires between 2008 and 2010. There were 403,000 residential structure fires, causing an estimated $8.6 billion in damage – in 2008 alone.

While I’m sure the pallet fires caused plenty of problems, it’s always good to put things in perspective.

Update: As Douglas points out, the site reeks of plastic pallet propaganda. Another case of forcing an issue by exaggerating the numbers. Tsk.

[Thanks, John]

5 Comments

Favorites

Pizza Place Geography

Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile radius of where I live, so I have my pick, …

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

It’s always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.

Where People Run in Major Cities

There are many exercise apps that allow you to keep track of your running, riding, and other activities. Record speed, …