Fire and Life Safety

  • The following link shows some of the action as we observed Campus Fire Safety Month at ISU. https://spark.adobe.com/page/za9mUop5VkEcL/ This was a cooperative effort with the Ames Fire Department. Students put out about 300 fires and walked away with ...

  • See also  https://www.privacypop.com/shop/accessories/nap-tent/ If they ask about this, I'd be inclined to allow it, subject to sprinkler obstruction (which might be an issue in some of our shorter rooms). Line of sight to the strobe is relevant to ...

  • I don't believe the tent material rating would be adequate and I agree with the egress concerns when fully zipped. However, in a fully sprinklered residence hall I wouldn't really lose sleep over these (no pun intended) given the material can meet some ...

  • Our State Fire Marshal's office sent a notice last month addressing a similar product from a company called Campus Canopies In this case they stated that, "since the product meets the requirements of NFPA 701 and would not be a violation of NFPA ...

  • Good morning all! We have a policy in place that does not allow covering any beds or restricting/confining occupants from being able to move quickly in the event of an emergency. The policy cites impeding sprinkler coverage, and clear pathway egress ...

  • Whatever happened to sleep masks? These tents are a $170 solution to a $10 problem. BTW, I noticed this company sells a pet tent too. Shall we pile that on top of the challenges of ESAs on campus? I think it should be pretty easy to say no to bed tents, ...

  • I have not heard of an instance of this in our residence halls and yes, my go-to answer would be no.  I think that the material in and of itself would be no different and probably not add significantly to the fire load of the room, but potentially have ...

  • Looks the ratings are for tent materials and safety is for toys. TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Senior Engineer 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, Warwick, RI 02886 O: +1 401-736-8992 x10009 | C: +1 401-935-6320 tlarose@jensenhughes.com ...

  • This is very interesting. I properly would not allow it here, because we recently had an electrical fire caused by a cell phone that was improperly plugged in that spread to the bed. Luckily the student was awake. Alicia N. Musselwhite, ...

  • Hi Mark, I share your concerns. Hopefully these don’t become real popular. Kevin McSweeney, CFPS, CFI II UD Fire Marshal 302-831-6847 Office 302-218-3873 Cell ------Original Message------ ​Has anyone received a request from a parent to allow their ...

  • ​Has anyone received a request from a parent to allow their child to have a bed tent? This is the first I have ever heard of these things. They pass CPAI-84 flammability for the material. I guess I have 2 concerns and maybe just talked myself into a 3rd. Flame ...

  • All; We will have a Fire and Life Safety CoP conference call to deal with our business, on September 18, at 1:00 pm Central Time.  Please connect to our conference room at the link below. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 Standing Agenda:   Center for ...

  • All; We will have Fire and Life Safety CoP conference calls to deal with our business. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 Third Wednesday of every other month, at 1:00 PM Central, September 18, 2019. Should last no longer ...

  • Good morning! If you are in the Ohio region, this may be a good training to consider. See information below: When: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH Where: ALADDIN SHRINERS 1801 GATEWAY CIRCLE GROVE CITY, OH 43123 Time: 9:30AM-2:30PM EDT Agenda: Emergency ...

  • Fantastic turnout and set up!  I just did my first on campus a couple of weeks ago with about 160 turnout. ​ #squadgoals   Great job! ​ ------------------------------ Erin Price-Erwin Fire and Life Safety Manager University of North Carolina Greensboro ...

  • Excellent job! We have been conducting a mock dorm burn for the past ten years at our university and other state universities. I wrote and received a grant in 2010 and built a mobile dorm burn unit on a trailer and we use it every year for September ...

  • Mock Dorm Room Burn

    This is a shout out to our fire and life safety group! As part of Texas A&M's Safety Awareness Series and in conjunction with Howdy Week, TAMU's official week of welcome for new and returning students, around 750 students came out to see the 8th ...

  • RE: Dust Accumulations

    Many cool dust explosion videos are part of the training courses. Timothy J. Larose, PE Director, Capture + Proposals 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, Warwick, RI 02886 O: +1 401-736-8992 x10009 | C: +1 401-935-6320 ...

  • RE: Dust Accumulations

    As an FYI we have several courses on Combustible Dusts at JensenHughesAcademy.com. Most courses start at around $29/hour. Timothy J. Larose, PE Director, Capture + Proposals 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, ...

  • RE: Dust Accumulations

    If you're ever looking for dramatic video to get people's attention on dust explosions, this is my go-to video. Jeff https://www.csb.gov/videos/inferno-dust-explosion-at-imperial-sugar/ -- Jeff Lewin Chemical Safety Officer Research ...

  • RE: Dust Accumulations

    Hi Erin, While this is not an answer to all of your questions below, one document that might provide you with some good information toward establishing when housekeeping should take place is FM Global Data Sheet 7-76, Prevention and Mitigation of Combustible ...

  • Dust Accumulations

    Hello All! We have two spaces that are dedicated to wood working; Theatre's scene shop and Interior Architecture's wood shop.  Both have dust collection systems, but inevitably sawdust will build on elevated surfaces.  So, a few questions: Outside ...

  • Good morning John, At Trinity University we use the Firebug by General Data.  It can be customized for tracking many different assets but currently I use it for FE and AED tracking.  We have been using it here for 2 year and it is definitely a benefit ...

  • Hi John, In efforts to improve efficiency, we have spent the last year researching and demoing several programs for this exact purpose. We are currently in the beginning process of implementing Asset Panda for inventory and inspection tracking for our ...

  • ​We use a company called Building Reports, its a barcode based product. You can use a phone's camera to do the scanning. It creates a really nice report, and they have a special one for hospitals too. The really nice feature is mapping, you can upload ...

  • Howdy FLS CoP! At TAMU we have been using the Inspect-N-Track software to inventory, inspect, and yes...track fire extinguishers for maintenance etc. We recently were notified that this company will no longer be supporting this software and we are going ...

  • I agree with Mark and Zack get rid of any old asbestos-containing curtains. Ages ago, a school client ended up closing their stage/audience space due to contamination from an old ACM curtain coming down. Have it professionally removed before you end ...

  • NFPA requires the fire safety curtain be closed at all times except when the stage is being used. Emergency operation must be verified by the owner every 90 days, and the rigging system has to be inspected annually. We outsource the annual tests, as ...

  • The testing a fire curtains can be found in NFPA 80. I'm assuming this fire curtain is protecting a proscenium opening and depending on which version of NFPA you need to comply with, but it appears the testing frequency is every 90 days, for at least ...

  • Good Afternoon, I recently found out that the theater department has been testing the asbestos fire curtain in the auditorium twice a year.  Is this the correct testing requirements?   Is it typically done by the theater department?  I'm thinking that ...

  • Thanks for your continued reporting on this event, Brock. I agree with others in that it is miraculous there were no casualties. I'd also echo the value of sharing lessons learned via AAR/PIA summary. Excellent work by UNR in establishing relationships ...

  • Safer Buildings Coalition for: LIFE SAFETY PRESENTATION CCFS President Justin Daniels is Keynote Speaker When: Monday 8/12 Where: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO STUDENT UNION (BLDG. #60) BALLROOM C, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87131 Time: 7:30-8:30AM MDT: MEET & GREET/BREAKFAST ...

  • AFAA and the University of Maryland present a Special Training Program: Fire Alarms and the Code. • This program includes five short courses for the fire alarm industry that explain the roles, relationships and requirements of building codes, fire codes, ...

  • This is an amazing story. I'm also glad to know there were no casualties. Someone is truly smiling on you guys. It's always a good idea to do some after action reporting for these kinds of incidences. I'm sure your findings will be very useful to the ...

  • For those following, our community has come together to provide a housing solution for the 1,300 displaced and the university has come up with a plan to feed students who were relying on the dining commons (thanks to Emory University!). https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2019/wolf-pack-tower ...

  • Congratulations

    ​Congratulations to our Fire and Life Safety Community members John Fellers as our new CSHEMA board Vice President and Ken Smith as our new At-Large Member. Our Fire and Life Safety COP is well represented at the highest levels. Thank you for your dedication ...

  • Sure thing. I have heard conflicting reports that the boiler technician pulled the pull station or that the alarm went off automatically after the first small explosion.  Maybe both?  As I understand it, sprinklers in the boiler room extinguished the ...

  • Wow! Glad to hear there were no casualties. I would be interested in learning more about the decision to evacuate and the whole process there. Possibly a technical session at the 2020 conference? Or webinar in the near future? Thanks Brock for sharing ...

  • I am sure many of you heard, but on Friday, July 5th there was a major natural gas explosion in one of our residence halls significantly damaging (though apparently not structurally) that building, an adjacent residence hall, and totally destroying the ...

  • All; We will see you at the annual conference! This meeting is cancelled. All; We will have Fire and Life Safety CoP conference calls to deal with our business. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 ...

  • Sorry jurisdictions TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Director, Marketing + Proposal Management 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, Warwick, RI 02886 O: +1 401-736-8992 x10009 | C: +1 401-935-6320 tlarose@jensenhughes.com ...

  • Are your justifications enforcing NFPA 241? TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Director, Marketing + Proposal Management 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, Warwick, RI 02886 O: +1 401-736-8992 x10009 | C: +1 401-935-6320 tlarose@jensenhughes.com ...

  • We require that our Contractor's Safety Program be part of every contract that supports renovation or construction operations, so it is enforceable. We do orientations only periodically, but require our project managers to cover the expectations at every ...

  • Hi Thomas, Thank you for sharing your program details. Do you require a signed acknowledgement stating understanding and adherence to the university expectations, policies, and procedures from all who attend? What mechanisms do you have in place to ensure ...

  • Tom, Sounds like a great program. What prompted the implementation? Do you have any metrics you could share around before and after implementation, reduced safety violations or incidents? Tim TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Director, ...

  • Chris, A few years ago I implemented a contractor safety orientation program.  All contractors working on campus must attend along with their subcontracts.  It is about a half hour presentation on what we expect from contractors working at BU. It covers ...

  • Good morning, I am interested in how your institutions handle the onboarding of contractors, subcontractors, and other service providers on campus. Are there any sort of on-site orientation, video, or other methods to communicate the safety and health ...

  • John, thanks for your suggestion. I'll follow up on it. If anyone is aware of best practices in this area or has anything else to add please advise. ------------------------------ Nate Smith Fire Safety Officer The Catholic University of America Washington, ...

  • Nate; I suggest connecting with the external reviewer to understand what standards they will use, then apply those.  Sort of like an internal audit. If you do a safety walkaround to US standards, and they apply Italy's standards, for instance, you might ...

  • UL Standards Panels

    Colleagues; While attending the NFPA national conference this week, I met Casey Granata with Underwriters Labs (UL).  He helps manage the standards panels – the technical experts who determine what a specific standard should require. He emphasized to ...