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Frequently in plural A measure taken to reduce the potential damage or danger in the event of a fire, such as the provision of firefighting equipment; (also) a precautionary measure which minimizes the risk of an outbreak of fire.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Abel Boyer (?1667–1729), lexicographer and journalist. From fire + precaution.
fire precaution/ˈfʌɪə prɪˌkɔːʃn/
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