NPS Museum Handbook Part 1, Chapter 9: Museum Fire Protection
Source: national Park Service
Fire is a major threat to museum collections. It can destroy or irreparably damage irreplaceable collections and structures housing collections within minutes. Effective fire protection includes prevention, detection, and suppression of fire to prevent ignition and fire spread. Implementation of museum fire prevention and protection policies and plans, fire-safe practices and design, and the installation of automatic museum fire protection systems and portable fire extinguishers are critical to life safety and the protection of collections and structures housing collections.