Leadership

Fire safety for college dormitories

Issue 5 and Volume 114.

Fire safety for college dormitories A case history of a problem common to many institutions of higher learning PROTECTION OF A COLLEGE or university dormitory is not a standard matter. Like fires, all dormitories vary, and yet all dormitories have certain things in common, namely, people and hazards. The building to be treated here is of masonry construction with exterior brick walls, interior walls of wood, wood floors and roof, and a steel frame. It is a four-story building with a full basement built in 1909. The building has a food service area to serve approximately 100 students living therein. The dormitory had a center open stairwell of wood, two end stairwells enclosed after a fashion, but in poor repair. Flame-spread characteristics were enough to make any fire protection or safety engineer shudder. An antiquated manual fire alarm system which sometimes worked had no supervision. Here was a condition that…

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