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FIRE INSPECTION BUREAU
THE 'WHY' SECTION

 

  1. Why Sprinkle Overhangs?

  2. Why conduct Fire Watch? When a system is down (sprinkler/fire alarm) the automatic detection in a building is no longer working. Fire watches are conducted in lieu of that automatic detection. It is important that the person conducting the watch has no other duties to distract from the fire watch.

  3. Why so strict on smoking? The United States Fire Administration (USFA) states that every year nearly 1,000 people are killed by fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials.
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Created: 02-07-2006
Last Updated:09-21-2010 (JLR)