Fire Safety

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National Fire Protection Association. The international nonprofit NFPA provides and advocates scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education on fire, electrical, and life safety issues. The website...
New Codes for Stairwell Lighting. Describes a new standard for stairwell lighting, recently approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Uniform Fire Code (NFPA 1), and the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101). The... 06/30/2004
New Fire Code in Mass. Targets Classroom Displays. This explores the ramifications of a new Massachusetts fire code aimed at curbing the amount of flammable artwork and decorations hanging in classrooms and hallways. In classrooms without sprinkler... 07/08/2003
NFPA 150: The Road Ahead for Animal Housing Facilities. Discusses fire safety in animal housing facilities, according to the National Fire Protection Associations standard 150. The standard addresses society's value of animal life, an animal's... 08/31/2007
NFPA 90A Revises Standards for HVAC Systems. Presents proposed changes to the National Fire Protection Association Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems (NFPA 90A). Areas of interest to facility managers... 06/30/2004
Off-Campus Fire Safety. Discusses how Wesleyan University provides fire safety for its 130 program houses in which seniors with like interests live. This included installation of sprinkler systems, new fire alarms, and... 12/31/2008
On Fire for Safety. Describes efforts to improve fire safety on various college campuses, and to enhance relations with the local fire departments, especially since the campuses are typically exempt from local taxes.... 01/31/2005
Planning That Saves Lives. Describes the basic implementation process of a fire protection system during a school renovation, including selecting and working with a fire protection engineer, and creating and implementing a... 01/31/2008
Practical Products for Campus Fire Safety. Reviews higher education fire statistics, and then describes and recommends smart extension cords that shut off power if the cord is compromised in any way, as well as fire extinguishers that are... 07/31/2007
Preventing Disaster. Reviews the standard building, egress, and fire prevention codes, and how they apply to schools. Their effectiveness and typical sources of school fires are also addressed. 04/30/2008
Putting Out Fires. The mission of the School Fire and Life Safety Partnership was to develop consensus on the application of new fire protection codes, adopted by California, which affected the addition of relocatable... 11/30/1998
Residence Hall Fires. Discusses how one college's experience with a tragic fire in one of their residence halls prompted a reevaluation of its fire prevention and response strategies. Staff training, sprinkler... 05/31/1999
Safe Passage Out: Lessons in Life Safety Equipment. Emphasizes meeting and exceeding codes where egress from schools is concerned. Working with fire and police professionals and equipment selection is also addressed. 09/30/2010
Safe Passage. Discusses thre primary elements of fire safety: detection, suppression, and compartmentalization of the structure. Particular attention is given to the properties of fire-rated glass and ceramics... 06/30/2007
Safeguarding Underground Storage Tanks. USTs must meet new federal regulations by December 1998. Possible hazards from leaking underground storage tanks include: fires, health hazards, explosions and contamination of fresh water supplies.... 01/31/1996
San Mateo County Public School Fire Alarm Systems. Presents grand jury findings resulting from a school fire alarm that did not alert the local responders. In the 21-page report, the jury details the three kind of alarms on campuses (manual,... 12/31/2007
School Fires in New Zealand: Economic and Social Analysis. Sets out the findings of a study aiming to help raise awareness of the factors contributing to school fires, and their implications for individual schools and communities, with the intention of... 01/31/2002
School Fires. Details the following 2002 findings concerning school fires: 1)37% of all school structure fires and 52% of middle and high school structure fires were incendiary or suspicious. 2)Fatalaties from... 11/30/2004
School Fires. Topical Fire Research Series. Volume 8, Issue 1. Using the past 3 years of data, for 2003 to 2005, from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) database, the yearly national fire loss for fires on nonadult school properties is estimated... 07/31/2007
School Fires: Causes and Prevention. Discusses national and local fire codes that have resulted in a dramatic decrease in school fires. Points to the three leading causes for school structure fires: incendiary or suspicious‚ 32 percent... 09/30/2011
Schools Try to Keep from Getting Burned. Discusses fire safety criteria for floor, ceiling, and door materials, as well as sprinkler system versus passive fire protection. 05/31/2004
Secure/Safe [Whole Building Design Guide] Designing buildings for security and safety requires a proactive approach that anticipates—and then protects—the building occupants, resources, structure, and continuity of operations from multiple... 06/30/2005
Security, Life Safety, and the Building Codes: Unlocking the Burning Mysteries of Door Hardware. Reviews door and wayfinding considerations for emergency egress. Luminescent exit pathways and signs on doors, audio-based wayfinding, fire door and frame testing, door smoke gaskets, fire tolerance... 11/30/2008
Security/Life Safety: A Need for Change. In response to legislation, colleges and universities in several states must prepare to install sprinkler systems. Four basic issues an engineering study should examine include: whether the existing... 06/30/2003
Seeing Through Today's Fire-Rated Glass. Reviews applications for fire-rated glass, typically constrained by the very high prices of the newest products. Advantages of glass to building transparency and subsequent reduced dependancy on... 07/31/2007