Fire Safety

Title Abstract Publication Date
Shedding Light on Emergency Exits. Discusses ways to improve emergency egress lighting through stricter codes and the installation of low-level fixtures, photoluminescent strips and paints, and EL lamps. 09/30/2004
SMART School Tool (School Multi-hazard Assessment Resource Tool). SMART is a multi-hazard vulnerability assessment for schools to use in analyzing their current safety and security level of preparedness. Each assessment module focuses on one hazard with specific... 12/31/2004
Solving Another Fire Hazard Problem. Discusses how rooftop grease containment systems can protect college roofs and prevent fires. Included are the rules and regulations for grease containment systems and tips for choosing a system. 05/31/2001
Solving the System: Integrated Fire Alarm Monitoring. Details the structure and function of an integrated fire alarm system, and cites the experience of the University of Maryland in installing, monitoring a system. Positive and negative lessons learned... 11/30/2009
Sounding the Alarm. Discusses the evolution of simple fire alarm systems to emergency mass notification systems that increasingly use wireless technology and are more impervious to destruction by the event. Components... 05/31/2008
Sounding the Alarm. Explains the use of alarms and other early-detection devices to effectively protect students in life threatening fire situations. Ohio State University's multidiscipline approach to life safety... 06/30/2000
Special Considerations for Multiple Fire Alarm Systems in Educational Facilities. Discusses a particular problem with add-on fire alarm systems for new additions in educational buildings, when resetting after an alarm is difficult to coordinate. 10/31/2008
Sprinkler Safety. Discusses the importance of maintaining sprinkler systems in school facilities. Provides facts about sprinklers and describes steps to take after accidental discharges. 06/30/2002
Squelching Fire Safety Risks A wide range of products and design strategies are being used in combinations to make buildings and their contents better able to survive a fire. This discusses sprinklers and smoke detection,... 06/30/2005
Stay or Go? Discusses whether U.S. schools equipped with fire sprinklers and fire detection and intercom systems should be able to use a delayed evacuation policy when it comes to fire drills or actual fires. A... 08/31/2003
Stopping Fire Where it Starts. By preventing the spread of fire throughout a facility, firestop technology and products aim to minimize damage. Firestops fill the spaces around such elements as conduit, cable ways and piping where... 05/31/2003
Supply Side Focus: Fire Protection The key to providing protection of facilities is the development of a program that delivers regular inspection, testing and maintenance of fire-protection and life-safety systems. This describes the... 09/30/2002
Ten Fire Safety Tips for Schools. Provides 10 basic tips, compiled from the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code 101, to ensure that educational facilities are fire safe. Tips include use of frequent and... 05/31/1999
The Basics of Passive Fire Protection. Reviews fireproofing of structural materials, building compartmentalization, building opening protection, and firestopping materials as methods of passive fire protection. Codes and costs involved in... 03/31/2008
The Comprehensive School Health Manual, Chapter 4: A Safe and Healthful Environment. This chapter of Massachusetts' School Health Manual covers the school environment, including building and environmental standards, indoor air quality, school buses, underground fuel storage... 12/31/2006
The Fires of 2000. Discusses the University of Montana's handling of their own fire events occurring during the year 2000's major fire season disasters in the American West. 10/31/2000
The Flames Stop Here. Explains how advancements in glass manufacturing can help prevent fire and smoke from spreading through a building. The benefits of using wired glass and see-through ceramics are highlighted, as is... 10/31/2000
The Heat is On. Describes the features of fire-resistant glass that does transfer heat. The technology involves sandwiching substances within the glass that turn to foam when heated and keep the glass relatively... 10/31/2003
The Key to Door Closers. Advises on the selection of door closers, considering firm closure for security and fire safety, but also resistance low enough to pass accessibility requirements, where necessary. Applicable codes... 12/31/2009
The Lake View School Fire. Reviews the 1908 Lake View School fire in Collinwood, Ohio. The high death toll of 175 in the four-storey building was due in part to a combination of inadequate egress and panic, details of which... 06/30/2009
The Way Out. Reviews current National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code requirements for egress and emergency illumination and describes low-maintenance LED exit signs that use very little electricity. 10/31/2005
They've Seen Fire and They've Seen Rain Recounts what school district facilities managers did and what they learned from the flood and fire disaster in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Examines the taxing and complex cleanup effort, which... 04/30/1998
Towards the Design and Operation of Fire Safe School Facilities The objectives of this paper are to present an assessment for the consideration of fire safety during the design stages of school facilities in Saudi Arabia; and to present the development of a fire... 12/31/2005
Trial by Fire (and Tornado) Taught Us to Plan for Crises. Based on Huntsville (Alabama) schools' experience with a devastating fire, the superintendent later ensured adequate fire insurance coverage, promoted regular fire drills, and developed an... 01/31/1991
U.S. Fire Administration. Fire Safety and Education Site sponsored by FEMA/United States Fire Administration. Includes a section on Fire Safety Programs for Schools and Day Care Providers.