Fire prevention and control, the prevention, detection, and extinguishment of fires, including such secondary activities as research into the causes of fire, education of the public about fire hazards, and the maintenance and improvement of fire-fighting equipment.
The fire prevention topic area focuses on:
- The importance of working smoke alarms and detectors in saving lives and property
- Proactive efforts to ensure building codes and construction techniques are informed by fire prevention, especially related to fire sprinklers
- Information and tools departments can use in public education efforts in their communities
A fire prevention strategy and a fire risk assessment should include detail and a full consideration of all of the issues – including issues arising from heat, oxygen and fuel. Advice on these three elements follows. This advice is not exhaustive and is given in no particular order.