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Facilities Planning

Instruction in Arson and Fire Prevention


Section 808 of State Education Law mandates that every school in New York State must provide a minimum of 45 minutes of instruction in arson and fire prevention for each month school is in session. The instruction is required for all students and should include such topics as

  • Identification of a variety of conditions in the home, school, and community that may lead to fires.
  • Procedures to follow in the event of fire in the home, school, and community.
  • Preventative measures that may reduce the risk of fire and arson.

Instruction is required in grades K-12 and may be provided by classroom teachers or community resource personnel as designated by the principal. Instruction may be provided as a special subject or integrated within content areas of the curriculum.

Questions regarding curriculum requirements may be directed to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (518) 474-5922 or

Questions regarding fire safety issues may be directed to the Fire Safety Unit, Office of Facilities Planning at (518) 474-3906 or