Article Critique in the Field of Fire Prevention

ArticleCritique in the Field of Fire Prevention


ArticleCritique in the Field of Fire Prevention

Overviewof the Article

Thearticle under review is “code enforcement: critical for successfulfire prevention”, from 1stJanuary 2013 by Ben Coffman. The journal begins with a listing of afew major fire incidences that have hit the United States of Americanover the years, which include the Iroquois Theater fire that consumed602 live, Beverly Hills Club fires, that claimed 168 people, and theStation Nightclub fire that consumed 100 people in 2003. Thus, theauthor is disturbed that the US tops the developed world in figuresof deaths caused by fire. In a comparison of deaths resulting fromnatural adversities such as floods, tornados, and hurricanes in theUS combined just makeup a small fraction of that caused by fire.Therefore, he goes ahead to ague the importance of code in fireprevention, what it is, and why it is needed.

TheArticle’s Support of Material in the Course

Thearticle is in line with the course material in support of Codeenforcement. It appreciates for prevention of fires to be registeredsuccessful, the Fire Code has to be enforced for fire preventionprograms. In referring to the code enforcement, the author isreferring to all mechanisms undertaken to make sure all codes arefollowed to the letter, that is laws and regulations put in place.Thus, the article just like the course materials is in support ofactivities undertaken to ensure the public stays in line with thefire code. According to Coffman (2013), programs put for fireprevention are the most effective ways of saving communities fromfire incidences.

Asin agreement with the course material is the fact that individualsperforming code enforcement should be well trained, they should bewell informed on structures or process they will be working on, andhave a vast knowledge on legal authority and responsibilities thatcome along with the fire code. In addition, the article ascertainsthe fire code determination on enforcement the 3 Es on preventingfire must be observed, that is, engineering, education, andinspections (Coffman, 2013).

MyPoint of View

Iam in support of notions and facts put across in the article on codeenforcement. Study has shown that fire inspections are capable ofbring down the number of fires occurring in the community, thus,keeping the people safe in the process not only saving money but alsolives that would have been lost in infernos. Therefore, codeenforcement should start from construction plans, whereby engineeringshould involve qualified and certified professionals in the review ofconstruction plans.


Codeenforcement without a doubt is a significant part to succeed in fireaversion campaigns. The code has a place in fire and life safetyinspections, in reviewing of construction plans, and issuing fireprevention code permits. As an effort to bring down the number offires in the US, trained inspectors should conduct yearly inspectionsin all public buildings, in addition to which, the people shouldadopt a safe attitude, in the process ensuring the a fire freecommunity. Finally, fire prevention programs are best put up in a waythat supports the goal of the fire department, which is, to bringdown the number of fires and public assembly occupancies, with anannual review of set fire avoidance goals.


Coffman,B. (2013). CodeEnforcement: Critical for a Successful Fire Prevention Program.&nbspJournalof Public Process Safety Progress32(1):2-7.