Fire Prevention & Protection

Study: fire protection inadequate in Capitol and House buildings

Issue 3 and Volume 152.

Study: fire protection inadequate in Capitol and House buildings The lives of lawmakers, their staffs, and visitors are in danger from fires and other related emergencies, according to a recent study. Sprinklers in the government complex buildings not hooked up to a water source, smoke detection systems not wired to an electrical source, “unsprinklered” areas, inaudible fire alarms, and inadequate escape routes were among the conditions noted in the study. The report cited a low priority for fire protection by the Architect of the Capitol, the office responsible for Congress` grounds and buildings. The Architect`s office was cited with taking “a haphazard approach to planning, implementing, in-stalling, and completing fire protection systems throughout the House complex” and “has ignored compelling industry information that Omega sprinklers installed throughout the House complex, are defective.”1 In addition, the report noted that should a major fire occur, many people would not be able to…

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