The Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) is a system used in the United States to evaluate the overall level of a building's fire safety. FSES applies to health care, prisons and jails, offices, laboratory buildings, and overnight accommodations in National Parks.[1]

FSES values are provided in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety.

A FSES evaluation defines the relative impact of a deficiency or proposed improvement to the building. It also provides a means of comparing the effectiveness of proposed improvements by producing a comparative baseline and readily shows the relative gain in fire safety for proposed improvements.[2]

Fire sprinklers have an extensive impact on fire safety and are therefore allotted a high value in the FSES.


  1. ^ Nelson, Harold System for Fire Safety Evaluation of Health Care Facilities Archived 2008-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Huggins, Roland The Impact of Fire Sprinklers on Building Fire Safety Archived 2005-11-10 at the Wayback Machine Hospital Engineering and Facilities Management (2003)