Preventing & Responding to Fire

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Among natural disasters, fires may be the most preventable and controllable.  However, use changes in buildings—such as office conversions—can generate new storage and electrical challenges that threaten the safety of historic buildings.  Moreover, construction sites and certain renovation techniques for removing paint increase the potential for fire in old buildings.   This document is a compilation of fire safety and prevention resources aimed at minimized the risk of fire in historic structures.

blue check markThe most critical resources relating to this topic are marked below with a check.

Critical Organizations

Fire Prevention Resources

Web Resources

Print Resources

  • blue check markPreserving History from Fire:  Bridging the Gap Between Safety Codes and Historic Buildings (Old House Journal, November/December 2000).  Addresses fire code issues for older buildings.
  • blue check markAutomatic Fire Suppression for Historic Structures:  Options & Applications (APT Bulletin, v 34, no 4, 35-40)
  • blue check markConsidering Fire-safety Improvements to Historic Buildings (APT Bulletin, v 34, no 4, 35-40)
  • Up In Smoke (Preservation Magazine, November/December 2002).
  • New Concern for the Flammability of Building Contents (Interior Design, v. 57, pg. 97)

Fire Response Resources