|Course:||4: Housing Your Collections|
|Lesson:||Lesson 1: Assessing and Improving Your Building|
|Topic:||Protection from Fire|
Protection from Fire
Libraries, archives, museums, and historic structures contain books, manuscripts, records, artifacts, film stock and other magnetic media, combustible interior finishes, cabinets, furnishings, and laboratory chemicals. All of these materials are fuel for fires.
The buildings that house collections also provide potential sources of ignition--such as electric lighting and power systems, heating and air conditioning equipment, heat producing conservation and maintenance activities, and electric office appliances.
To protect your collections from fire, you should
Most local fire departments will provide fire inspections and can assist you in developing a fire safety program. If the fire department is familiar with the building and collections in advance, there is a greater chance that fire-fighting strategies may be able to take collection priorities into account.
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Arson is unfortunately one of the most common cultural property ignition sources. It must always be considered in fire safety planning.