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NCJ Number: 67620 Find in a Library
Title: PENAL FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST
Corporate Author: National Fire Protection Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Fire Protection Assoc
Boston, MA 02210
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS PENAL FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST WAS DEVELOPED BY THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (NFPA) TO ASSIST CORRECTIONS WORKERS IN MAKING AN INITIAL AUDIT OF THE FIRE SAFETY LEVELS IN PENAL FACILITIES.
Abstract: NFPA STUDIES SHOWED THAT 85 PERCENT OF THE FIRES IN PENAL INSTITUTIONS WERE INCENDIARY IN NATURE, STARTED BY THE USE OF SMOKING MATERIALS SUCH AS MATCHES, CIGARETTE LIGHTERS, ETC. OF THE FIRES STUDIES, 73 PERCENT INVOLVED THE IGNITION OF CLOTHING, MATTRESSES, AND PADDED WALL COVERINGS. DELAYED DISCOVERY OR LACK OF AUTOMATIC EXTINGUISHING EQUIPMENT WAS SHOWN TO BE A FACTOR IN ALMOST EVERY INCIDENT STUDIED. THE NFPA CHECKLIST PRESENTS MOST OF THE CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF FIRE SAFETY, SUCH AS IGNITION AND FUEL CONTROL, WHICH PERTAIN TO SAFE WIRING AND FURNISHINGS, CONTROL OF INMATE SMOKING, EVACUATION IN CASE OF FIRE, DETECTION AND SUPPRESSION OF FIRE BY USING SPRINKLERS, EXTINGUISHERS, AND SMOKE DETECTORS, AND FIRE EMERGENCY DRILLS. QUESTIONS ALSO CONCERN PLANNING AND TRAINING OPERATIONS.
Index Term(s): Correctional institution fires; Emergency procedures; Fire emergency planning; Questionnaires
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