About this chapter: There are two ways to deal with fire: it can either be prevented or managed. Chapter 16 provides requirements for fire prevention, considered one of the more popular roles that fire codes have traditionally filled. The expectation is to limit unwanted ignition to an acceptable level. It is unreasonable to believe that all unwanted ignition can be eliminated.
This chapter is strongly linked to Chapter 18, Management of People, as many fires can be prevented by adequate training and safety procedures. Public education has a significant impact on individual awareness of fire issues and the likelihood of people exhibiting fire-safe behavior.