Fire Safety

Title Abstract Publication Date
Getting Involved in the Code Process. Using examples from recent National Fire Protection Association actions, the author explains how facilities professionals should be involved in code writing, and how their lack of involvement can... 06/30/2004
Going Up? The Pros and Cons of Vertical Expansion. Describes the advantages and disadvantages of the vertical expansion of school buildings. Considers such factors as fire protection, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and cost.... 11/30/2002
Historic Preservation, Modern Fire Protection. America's 2,500-plus college and university campuses comprise a treasure trove of historic buildings. Over the years, campus facility directors and campus architects have grown adept at... 09/30/2011
How Safe is Safe? Describes need for both active fire prevention (sprinkler systems) and passive fire prevention (flame retardant building materials). The article further describes a school's unique needs for... 04/30/2010
How to Comply with Your Annual Fire Inspection. Briefly reviews the benefits of fire inspections to building owners, and discusses recommendations for preparing a building for fire inspections and interacting with local fire inspection personnel. 02/28/2009
How To Improve Cabling Fire Safety. Discusses two new governing standards from the National Fire Protection Association regarding plastic-coated cables, and other ways to improve cable safety. 04/30/2003
How to Prevent On- and Off-Campus Fires. Suggests rules for residence halls and Greek society housing that will help prevent fires. These involve banning of candles, appliances with exposed heating elements, and halogen lighting. Safe... 10/31/2005
How To Reduce the Risk of Residence Hall Fires. Explores reasons for the decline in the number of fires in college and university residence halls and describes a four-pronged program called PODS (Prevention, Occupant awareness, Detection, and... 05/31/2002
Ideal Solutions for Campus Fire Alarm Networks. Cites the advantages and disadvantages of proprietary versus non-proprietary fire alarm networks and the challenges of keeping an existing campus fire alarm system operational while a new one is... 08/31/2008
Impact of Sprinklers on the Fire Hazard in Dormitories: Day Room Fire Experiments. Reports on a series of experiments where fires were initiated in days rooms with and without fire sprinklers, and open to the corridor of an abandoned dormitory. Descriptions of the building... 05/31/2004
Improving Fire Safety Protection. Describes directional sound technology that can help direct building occupants to the closest exit in case of an emergency. 10/31/2005
In the Line of Fire. Highlights the importance of using sprinkler systems in school residence halls to prevent fire fatalities. Understanding the risks involved, retrofitting schools to meet these risks, and realizing... 09/30/2001
Inspecting Fire & Life Safety Systems A fire alarm system and accessory components are, without doubt, a necessity for life safety. By monitoring the environment and noticing any changes potentially related to unsafe conditions, a fire... 05/31/2012
Integrated Doors and Elevator Lobbies: Practical Applications under the Codes. Discusses the use of integrated door assemblies at an elevator entrance to create an aesthetically pleasing alternative to conventional fire doors that separate an elevator lobby from a corridor.... 10/31/2007
Keep it Safe. Reviews recent changes in fire safety codes, with emphasis on sprinklers, exit doors, and wired or filmed glass. A fire sprinkler Q & A is included. 05/31/2005
Keeping it Safe. Discusses an array of fire warning devices for schools, including addressable control panels, area-specific detection and suppression equipment, and training of personnel. 01/31/2009
Lab Fire Extinguishers: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? When renovations or new construction occur, fire extinguishers sometimes get lost in the mix. Unfortunately, whether to save money or because the fire code is misinterpreted, some schools do not... 12/31/2009
Lessons from the Ashes: Advice after a Campus Fire. Lists lessons learned from a fire at Eastern Illinois University, including keeping computer backups off site, purging obsolete materials so they won't incur recovery costs, and streamlining... 02/23/2006
Life/Fire Safety. Discusses recent improvements in smoke detectors, fire alarms, and glass that address the some of the reliability and safety concerns about these technologies. 07/31/2004
Major Losses. Outlines statistics on school fires, and advises on how to limit risk by controlling access, removing combustibles from the buildings, and inspecting the grounds regularly for suspicious after- hours... 06/30/2009
Making Connections. Discusses Internet connectivity to fire and safety systems, which can enhance response by eliminating human error and providing more detailed event reporting. Examples of the unique safety challenges... 03/31/2005
Making Fire Safety Technologies Safer on Campus. Describes smoke detectors that announce tampering as well as smoke, networked fire detection and suppression technology, and sophisticated systems installed in dormitories at Boston's... 07/31/2004
Making the Upgrade. Recommends various campus-wide, addressable fire alarm technologies for replacement of standalone systems. Describes the way they communicate and discusses cost-effective means of making the upgrades. 11/30/2003
Manual for Fire and Building Safety Inspections in Public and Nonpublic Schools. [New York] This manual is designed to provide instruction for the school administrator and the inspector for the performing of fire prevention and fire inspection. It provides background information and details... 12/31/2003
Manual for Public School Facilities Fire Prevention and Fire Inspections. [New York] This manual instructs school administrators and inspectors on how to complete the fire inspection report for educational facilities in New York State. The manual examines fire safety regulations,... 12/31/2000