Chain of Survival

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

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

step1

Call Fire Department

step2

Defend in Place

step3

Fire/Smoke Alarm Sounds

step4

Suppression System Activates

step5

Sprinkler System Activates

step6

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.

A Plan to Save Lives – Building Diagram (PDF)

A “chain of survival” action plan to promote life safety in the event of a fire emergency.

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