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NCJ Number: 77350 Find in a Library
Title: Incendiarism - A Growing Concern
Corporate Author: Factory Mutual System
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Factory Mutual System
Norwood, MA 02062
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This pamphlet describes the growing threat of incendiarism to American businesses and details some steps that can be taken to prevent arson or to limit its effects.
Abstract: The problems, origins, and details of incendiarism are discussed, with examples provided of specific incidents where incendiarism either succeeded or failed. These illustrations point out the need for having unobstructed automatic sprinkler systems that work but also show that such sprinklers do not necessarily prevent determined arsonists from succeeding. Suggestions are made to maintain safeguard sprinkler systems with valves that are locked open and with back-up sprinkler systems with automatic alarm systems. Other suggestions include tight all-around general plant security, extra security in unused storage areas or warehouses, and removal of combustible materials from buildings and fences. Categories of incendiary fires and the numbers of incendiary fires in the United States from 1970-74 are illustrated. A checklist of 12 ways to foil the arsonist is also included.
Index Term(s): Anti-Arson Programs; Arson; Fire emergency planning; Fire suppression equipment; Incendiary devices
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