Here are some sites that I found interesting while researching my talk on The History of Fire Escapes. If you noticed any factual errors in the talk, feel free to drop me a line at or @whereistanya on twitter. 

Slides are linked at the bottom of the page.

Free smoke alarm and installation from the Red Cross and FDNY

If you live in NYC, go get a free smoke alarm. The Red Cross will even come install it for you.

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Fire Escapes

The evolution of fire safety in the city

Fire Codes

Fire Statistics

Patents to amaze and delight


Historical Fires

The great fires of 1835 and 1845

Tenement Fires

The Brooklyn Theater Fire

The Newark Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

The Binghamton Fire

The General Slocum

Not mentioned in the talk, but worth knowing about.

Software Risks


(The older version of the slides, from SRECon US and DevOps Days NY, is at