- Fire Safety Evaluation System
The Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) is a system used in the United States to evaluate the overall level of a building's
fire safety. FSES applies to health care, prisons and jails, offices, laboratory buildings, and overnight accommodations in National Parks. [ Nelson, Harold [http://nvl.nist.gov/pub/nistpubs/sp958-lide/275-279.pdf System for Fire Safety Evaluation of Health Care Facilities] ]
FSES values are provided in the
National Fire Protection Association(NFPA) Standard 101A, "Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety".
A FSES evaluation defines the relative impact of a deficiency or proposed improvement to the building. It also provides a means of comparing the effectiveness of proposed improvements by producing a comparative baseline and readily shows the relative gain in fire safety for proposed improvements. [ Huggins, Roland [http://www.touchbriefings.com/pdf/13/hosp031_p_HUGGINS.PDF The Impact of Fire Sprinklers on Building Fire Safety] Hospital Engineering and Facilities Management (2003) ]
Fire sprinklers have an extensive impact on fire safety and are therefore allotted a high value in the FSES.
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