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New study shows drop in overall fire safety scores

From NCMA's eNews
December 14, 2017

National Association of State Fire Marshals

A new study shows that changes to building codes over the past two decades have measurably decreased the fire safety scores of buildings. Project FAIL-SAFE, administered by the National Association of State Fire Marshalls Research & Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) has released preliminary data showing an overall trend in reductions in passive fire safety features, such as compartmentation, and an increased reliance on active fire safety systems such as alarms and sprinklers. "More data is needed, but the early conclusions indicate an overreliance on sprinklers at the expense of passive fire safety systems, which endangers both the public and the fire service alike," said H. Butch Browning, President of the NASFM Foundation and Louisiana State Fire Marshal. Read the press release here.

Find out more about Project FAIL-SAFE here.