"How safe is safe? Safe is as safe as we want it to be. we make decisions in this regard every day in the model codes and standards committees, in city councils and state legislatures, and in the design offices of professional architects. The problem is we do not know how safe our decisions are. If successful, the NFPCA [National Fire Prevention Control Administration]/SFPE [Society of Fire Protection Engineers] project will tell us how safe our decisions are; it will tell us what parts of our decisions must be based on judgement and what parts of our decisions can and should be based on fact. Hopefully, this project will also tell us where the voids are and where further work needs to be done to take more of the guesswork out of our important decisions which ultimately determine the safety of people from fire."
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