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ERIC Number: EJ862994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Fire Power
Denker, Deb; West, Lee
American School & University, v82 n2 p24-27 Oct 2009
For education administrators, campus fires are not only a distressing loss, but also a stark reminder that a campus faces risks that require special vigilance. In many ways, campuses resemble small communities, with areas for living, working and relaxing. A residence hall fire may raise the specter of careless youth, often with the complication of alcohol thrown in. But fire-safety concerns also center on classrooms and faculty offices, where tinder-dry books and papers are abundant. Throw in irreplaceable special collections in university libraries, valuable fine-arts exhibits and historic buildings, and it becomes clear that fire prevention requires comprehensive planning beyond rules about residence hall living. Although many fire-safety steps fall under the category of common sense, others require specialized knowledge. An insurer that provides comprehensive coverage and a suite of services may provide education administrators a resource of risk-control experience. With the onset of federal tracking of fire-safety provisions at campuses, now is an excellent time for administrators to review the plans they have in place, assess any shortcomings and work with risk-control specialists to improve fire-prevention efforts. This article discusses three areas on which to focus: (1) Prevention; (2) Protection; and (3) Insurance services.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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