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Fire and Life Safety Guidelines for Schools

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Situation Description

Prevention is the key to eliminating the conditions that may contribute to the cause of any fire or loss of life. Apart from arson, major causes of school fires include improper handling and storage of flammable liquids, overloaded electrical outlets, and excessive cumulative combustible materials.

The Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM), Safety, Regulatory and Environmental Compliance Section, in collaboration with the DC Fire Marshal’s Office, has developed the following compilation to assist school administrators and personnel responsible for the daily maintenance of physical facilities in schools. It includes building features, maintenance, and operational requirements from the International Fire Code (IFC) and applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.