Security Science Quiz

1. A chemical or physical condition that has the potential for causing damage to people, property or the environment is known as a …

a) Hazard

b) Risk

c) Loss potential

d) Loss ratio

2. One of the components of risk assessment in which judgments are made about the significance and the acceptability of the risk.

a) Risk tolerance

b) Perceived risk

c) Risk evaluation

d) A security survey

3. The measure of the expected effects of an incident outcome case is known as a …

a) Perceived risk

b) Consequence

c) Needs analysis

d) Unintended consequences

4. When using methods of fire risk analysis, how many components does a general concept of risk analysis have?

a) 4

b) 3

c) 2

d) 5

5. A graphical logic model that identifies and quantifies possible outcomes following an initial event is known as a …

a) Foreseeability study

b) Fault tree

c) Event tree

d) Criticality matrix

6. One of the methods of fire risk analysis is … 

a) The requirements of the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ)

b) UL standards

c) NFPA standards

d) Identify fire hazards

7. The properties of the smoke layer are of interest during what periods of a fire?

a) The filing period and during the vented period of the fire.

b) The incipient and smoldering stages.

c) The smoldering and incipient stages.

d) The flashover and smoldering stages.

8. Commonly, smoke control uses what types of barriers?

a) Sprinkler and halon systems

b) Walls, floors, and doors

c) Windows, ceilings and mechanical fans

d) Barriers as defined in NFPA 13

9. How many basic principles of smoke control are there?

a) 3

b) 2

c) 5

d) 1

10. This distribution is widely used in reliability evaluations to model a random variable representing the time of failure for a device …

a) Exponential distribution

b) Positive distribution

c) Negative distribution

d) Kirchoff’s Law of distribution

11. One of the most important aspects of a reliability analysis from its basic elements is …

a) That the equipment is UL Listed

b) That the equipment complies with the requirements of the AHJ

c) Assessment of system reliability

d) That the equipment complies with NFPA 72

12. Alcohol-type foaming agents or air foams generated from ordinary agents are subject to rapid breakdown and the loss of effectiveness when they are used …

a) In cold environments

b) In hot environments

c) In fires

d) In intrinsically safe environments 

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About the Author


Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, FACFEI, CHS-IV, SET, CCI, FASI&T, MBAT, writes Security Sales & Integration’s “Security Science” column. He is also president of IDS Research and Development, an alarm and security consultation, expert witness and training authority providing nationwide services on all issues related to alarm and security matters. He can be reached at 800-353-0733.

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