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Life Safety

The potential for injury as the result of an emergency evacuation should not be overlooked in places of public assembly. These incidents act as a reminder of the importance of having safety codes and standards in place when it is necessary to quickly and safely evacuate public areas. Some general places of assembly can include churches, movie theaters, restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, hotels, or any other place attracting persons to the premises.

Building a life safety program/system involves the construction, protection, and occupancy features necessary to minimize danger from fire, smoke, fumes or panic in a public setting. This topic not only applies to new buildings but also existing buildings and structures.

To ensure safe and adequate means of egress from a building or structure, a national consensus code known as NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). A few points of emphasis from the Life Safety Code regarding its goals and purpose:

Life safety should be an essential part of any Loss Control program. Some important items that a Life Safety program should include are:

The purpose of Life Safety is to provide a safe and orderly exit from a building in an emergency situation. By following the guidelines of NFPA 101, this goal can be accomplished.

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