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"Library and Archive Fire Protection: A Primer"
Author: Wilson, J. Andrew
Published In: Preservation of Library and Archival Materials
Date: 1991

Fire damage can be permanent and involve the entire contents of a library.  The most important factor in preventing a fire is the maintenance of a fire prevention program based on a high standard of housekeeping, orderliness, equipment maintenance, and absolute control over potential fuel and ignition sources.  Covers prevention factors, fire protection basics (fire-rated assemblies, smoke detection, sprinkler systems, portable fire extinguishers), and saving lives in the event of fire.

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