Chain of Survival

Safety to life does not depend solely on any single safeguard.

The illustrated chain of survival demonstrates how safety to life does not depend on any single safeguard — they must all work together within a balanced fire protection plan to save lives and protect property.

Call Fire Department

Defend in Place

Fire/Smoke Alarm Sounds

Supression System Activates

Sprinkler System Activates

Fire Department Responds

According to the NFPA, a successful balanced fire protection plan should be designed so that reliance for safety to life does not depend solely on any single safeguard. Additional safeguards shall be provided for life safety in case any single safeguard is ineffective due to inappropriate human actions or system failure.