Introduction

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 1911 was a wake-up call especially to local and state governments to improve a range of serious fire protection deficiencies. The wake-up call had been going on for several years before that fire, but the national publicity from the Triangle Fire elevated the visibility and need for improved fire protection. Many municipal governments had been lax in setting and enforcing building and operational standards that ensured protection of life and property from fires. The problems were huge. This short article points to several factors needing resolution and improvement.

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