Fire Prevention & Protection

THE BASICS OF FIRE INSPECTIONS

Issue 6 and Volume 149.

THE BASICS OF FIRE INSPECTIONS BY JACK J. MURPHY, JR. In our reactionary society, modifications in fire codes largely have been in response to tragic fires, including those listed in the box at right, that cost many lives. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was the impetus for the New York City Fire Code; the Coconut Grove fire in Boston led to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements for exits and interior finishes; and the fire at Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago led the state of New Jersey to retrofit all public schools with what at that time was a state-of-the-art pneumatic- tubing fire alarm system. While these disasters have been directly associated with improved fire codes, the thankless task of conducting fundamental fire inspections in inhabited buildings no doubt has significantly contributed to life safety as well. Statistics do not reveal how many lives have been saved because fire…

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