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JDR Vol.10 No.4 pp. 586-594
(2015)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2015.p0586

Paper:

Fire Protection Analysis and Potential Improvements for Wooden Cultural Heritage Sites in Japan

Kwang-Il Kim*1, Tadashi Konishi*2,†, Tomek Ziemba*2, Hirofumi Nonaka*3, Ki-Hun Nam*1, and Takeyoshi Tanaka*4

*1Inje University, 197 Inje-ro, Gimhae, Gyeongnam 621-749, Korea

*2National Institute of Technology, Oita College, Oita, Japan

*3Nagaoka University of Technology, Niigata, Japan

*4Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Corresponding author

Received:
March 30, 2015
Accepted:
July 1, 2015
Published:
August 1, 2015
Keywords:
wooden cultural heritage, protection of historic buildings, fire protection systems, public cooperation for fire protection
Abstract

Wooden cultural properties are exposed to risks such as forest fires and arson, due to natural disasters and social change. To protect these heritage sites from such risks, we focused on fire protection facilities and systems, fire-related accidents, and arson affecting wooden cultural heritage sites in Kyoto and Hyogo. A questionnaire was filled out by heritage site affiliates, and responses and investigated materials were analyzed. We found that Kyoto and Hyogo wooden cultural heritage sites were well equipped with fire protection facilities and equipment. Specifically, automatic fire protection systems linked the general public, government-related institutes and local governments to improve facilities usage. These systems played a crucial cultural site monitoring role. Increasing public interest in these cultural heritage sites has led to a more engaging and prompt response by the small number of neighboring parties and firefighters. To improve fire and disaster prevention functionality effectively, it is recommended that sites establish automatic fire protection systems and cooperate with the general public, local institutions, and government agencies.

Cite this article as:
K. Kim, T. Konishi, T. Ziemba, H. Nonaka, K. Nam, and T. Tanaka, “Fire Protection Analysis and Potential Improvements for Wooden Cultural Heritage Sites in Japan,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.10, No.4, pp. 586-594, 2015.
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