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Information on fire prevention and protection of school and university facilities, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.

References to Books and Other Media

University Housing Fires (2007-2009) Adobe PDF
(U.S. Fire Administration, FEMA, Topical Fire Report Series , Aug 2011)
Addresses the characteristics of university housing fires reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting Systems between 2007 and 2009; an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occurred in the United States each year. 12p

Fire Safety in Schools. Adobe PDF
(Manitoba Association of School Trustees (MAST), 2011)
Designed to reduce the number of potential fire incidents in schools, this covers fire prevention in laboratories, classrooms, gymnasiums, kitchen and home economics rooms, industrial arts, office and storage areas, halls and doorways, boilers and maintenance rooms. 3p.

References to Journal Articles

Inspecting Fire & Life Safety Systems
Halligan, Mike
College Planning and Management; , p51-54 ; Jun 2012
A fire alarm system and accessory components are, without doubt, a necessity for life safety. By monitoring the environment and noticing any changes potentially related to unsafe conditions, a fire alarm system alerts the occupants of a building that there is an "unusual" condition, and all people need to be aware of the condition and take steps to evacuate.

Basics of Atrium Smoke Control
Klote, John H.
ASHRAE Journal; , p36-46 ; Jun 2012
Discusses different design approaches to take in dealing with smoke in large-volume spaces.

School Fires: Causes and Prevention.
Dolan, Thomas G.
School Planning and Management; Oct 2011
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; cooking, 29 percent; and heating, nine percent. Describes fire prevention measures that take time and concerted effort, but are worth the cost compared to that of a fire.

Historic Preservation, Modern Fire Protection.
Fickes, Michael
College Planning and Management; , p26-28 ; Oct 2011
America's 2,500-plus college and university campuses comprise a treasure trove of historic buildings. Over the years, campus facility directors and campus architects have grown adept at maintaining these structures, often carrying out major adaptive-reuse renovations. Fire safety ranks as one of the most daunting challenges to successful adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

Beyond Automatic Sprinkler Systems.
Razwick, Jeff
College Planning and Management; v14 n7 , p44-47 ; Jul 2011
Discusses the reliability of fire sprinkler systems in buildings, and recommends fire-rated divisions between rooms and portions of buildings that will slow the spread of fire. Examples of aesthetically pleasing fire-rated partitioning materials are illustrated, and student behavior during fire emergencies is discussed.

Door Hardware: Code Considerations.
Westerkamp, Thomas
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n6 , p19,20 ; Jun 2011
Reviews highlights of major codes regarding door hardware, with particular attention to maintaining both fire safety and security, as well as compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Fire Plans.
Power, June
Journal of Access Services; v8 n1 , p37-41 ; Jan 2011
Many libraries have disaster recovery plans, but not all have prevention and action plans to prepare for an emergency in advance. This article presents the author's review of the prevention and action plans of several libraries: (1) Evergreen State College; (2) Interlochen Public Library; (3) University of Maryland, Baltimore-Marshall Law Library; (4) University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library; (5) Vanderbilt Central Library; (6) Bay County Library System; (7) Wayne State Universities Library; (8) Central University Libraries-Fondren Library Center; and (9) University of Southampton.



Due to lack of funding, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities is currently available only as an archived site. As of September 1, 2012 no new content will be added or updates made. We regret the need to take such steps, but should funding become available, we look forward to reinvigorating NCEF and providing this valuable resource to the educational facilities community.

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