OEPAC - Observatory of Emergencies in Cultural Heritage > Resources > Natural Threats > Fire



Guía de prevención de incendios para edificios de interés patrimonial en Castilla y León
2019 - Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte

The final objective of this guide is for the people in charge of these facilities to acquire general knowledge about the main risks present in these buildings, so that they become aware and sensitized to:
- Establish basic prevention guidelines that reduce the probability of an accident occurring.
- Plan action procedures that, to the extent possible, guarantee both the safety of people and the property of buildings of heritage interest
- Know how to act and who to go to if the incident occurs.

Measuring the Impact of Fire Extinguisher Agents On Cultural Resource Materials
2010 - Fire Protection Research Foundation

This study aims to quantify the impact of the discharge that portable fire extinguishers present on cultural assets, in order to provide guidance to users about their selection.
The project is divided into two phases:
- First phase: review of the literature and development of prototypes to test its effect
- Second phase: validation of test specifications and final evaluation

Fire in heritage and historic buildings, a major challenge for the 21st century
2023 - García Castillo. E, Paya Zaforteza. I, Hospitaler. A

This study provides a global view of the current state of fires in historic and heritage buildings. It identifies gaps and gaps, proposes future areas of research and provides a basis for finding solutions to achieve fire safety in historic and heritage buildings. The conservation of these buildings and their rehabilitation against demolitions and new construction is promoted, leading to more sustainable construction.

Guide on Historic Buildings and Fire in War-affected Countries
2022 - R. Teijgeler, N. Kjølsen Jernæs

This introductory brief deals with historic buildings in danger of fire in a war zone before firefighters arrive. It includes historic or valuable structures such as wooden structures. The guide can also be applied to buildings housing heritage collections.

Método Simplificado de Evaluación del Riesgo de Incendio: MESERI
1998 - Fundación MAPFRE

The method presented in this analysis provides a systematic approach that is accessible to the different professional levels that require fire risk assessment for fire risk management decisions.

Fire assessment for collections in museums
2008 - J. Treteault

It deals with the problems caused by fires in different cultural institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe. It explains the damage caused and the different control strategies and fire prevention systems.

Minimum Invasive Fire Detection for Protection of Heritage
2006 - G. Jensen

Report on minimally invasive solutions for the application of fire detection systems for the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage. Aspects such as early detection, reliability, cost, etc. are evaluated.

Tejidos ignífugos y sistemas de protección in situ en la salvaguarda de bienes culturales ante emergencias
2023 - E. Sanz, M. Hernández, A. Cárdenas

This article presents the study carried out at the Museo del Prado for the selection of materials and systems for the in situ protection of its collections in case of emergencies. It is based on the premise of a feasible option for the in situ protection of works that, due to their material and formal nature, significance or use within the collection, would allow it or would be advisable to prioritize them over a transfer due to ordinary circumstances or an evacuation in case of extraordinary circumstances. Initially, the protection needs of cultural property are defined by distinguishing the options available to combat certain specific risks or most of the most common ones.

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings Open Fires, Chimneys and Flues
2012 - Historic England

This guide provides tips and recommendations on how to make unused or intermittently used fireplaces more energy efficient by avoiding drafts. Chimneys are often prominent and significant parts of historic buildings, which are still frequently used. Whether in use or not, fireplaces and chimneys can play an important role in improving a building's energy efficiency.

Arson Risk Reduction. Preserving Life and Heritage in the North West
2017 - Historic England NW

This guide offers recommendations for reducing the risk of arson and safeguarding immovable cultural heritage, based on the identification of threats and subsequent measures to save the building and its contents.