Apart from arson, major causes of school fires include improper handling and storage of flammable liquids, overloaded electrical outlets and excessive accumulation of rubbish. As well, many fires are a result of changing original designs, where classrooms are turned into motor repair shops, spray painting rooms, or other industrial arts instruction areas. Wiring, ventilation and construction are often unsuitable for a new use, having not been considered during the original design and construction of the school. Young children must rely on school personnel to handle any school fire emergency, and school employees are responsible for establishing an environment which can reduce, control and eliminate conditions that may contribute to fire.
Specific information from Chapter 5 that is important for school officials:
Iowa Code 100.31 Inspections and Fire Drill