Fire and Life Safety

  • All; The March conference call did not take place as planned.  I was called away. We have one item of pressing business - supporting the Small College COP in their effort to schedule a cross-COP call with us.  One proposal is 3/20/19, but that time ...

  • Before requiring a fire extinguisher, it is crucial to know what actually burned.  Everything in a kiln is rock or metal, so it's difficult to know what was the fuel.  If it was the metal, then disconnecting the power is the right answer.  Unless it was ...

  • New foam finishes require testing to NFPA 286, which is different than the standard ASTM E-84 ("Steiner tunnel" test from the 1930s).  IBC and NFPA both have this requirement for foam finishes. The results from NFPA 286 are pass/fail not class/FSI/SDI.  ...

  • Recently, the CSHEMA  Conference Education Committee has approved the all day PDS - Advanced safety skills for compressed gases for July 18th.  We have a number of experts from Airgas lined up to teach the finer points of managing hazardous gases on ...

  • Hi, Here is my two cents. International Fire Code (IFC) 906 and NFPA 10, Section 5 provides the selection of portable fire extinguisher based on the fire classification. I can find no reference to any specific location similar to a ceramic studio, ...

  • Hello All! We had a glaze fire in our pottery/ceramics studio last fall caused by a student putting a piece of pottery in the glaze and turning the warmer on HIGH and leaving.  I've purchased a fire blanket to be used in the future for squelching this ...

  • Reasonable question, Mark . . . this building, however, has no sprinkler system at all.  Dennis ------------------------------ Dennis Elmore EHS Manager University of Missouri Columbia MO 573-882-7018 ------------------------------

  • Are they going to provide a sprinkler drop in the sound booth? We require them to. Of course there will be the standard pushback on how the sprinkler piping will ruin the acoustics, etc. Mark Cavanaugh, CFPS, CHSP Director/Fire Marshal/Chief ...

  • I have been asked to evaluate the replacement of acoustic foam in three radio/sound production studios. The technical folks at the radio station have suggested using these foam panels. https://www.foambymail.com/AW4/acoustical-4-wedge-foam.html The ...

  • I don't see even a CE mark on it. The company website is invisible to the casual observer. These two factors alone would make me a little queasy. John ------Original Message------ Thanks, John. I sent the link from ...

  • Thanks, John. I sent the link from Amazon to trades and asked their electrician to review it. Their biggest concern was that it not get sprayed with water. Given that, here is what we approved: You can use these lights with the following ...

  • NFPA 70 (National Electric Code) requires that things that get plugged into walls be inspected prior to use, either by a Nationally Recognized Tet Lab (NRTL) or a qualified person (in the eyes of the AHJ). NEC also requires that those using electrical ...

  • All; I am late to the party, as usual. In our experience, rats have specific (and unhealthy) reactions to standard FA horn signals.  So, where we do not have voice-evacuation capability on the fire alarm control panel, we resort to Silentone appliances.  ...

  • Hi all, I'd be interested in this discussion as well. Thanks, Jeremy Lebowitz, P.E. | Vice President Development - Industrial O +1 508-620-8900 | C +1 508-208-2785 ------Original Message------ Hi Marcus I would be happy to ...

  • Hi Marcus I would be happy to participate. You might want to invite Eugene Ngai as well. Ken . Ken Kretchman, CIH, CSP Director, Environmental Health and Safety NC State University / Box 8007 / 2620 Wolf Village Way / Raleigh ...

  • Hi, If you have any silane experts on your campus, please chime in.  I'd like to work with others to propose a language change in  CGA G-13 "Storage and handling of silane and silane mixtures" to better define the silane/air mixture thresholds between ...

  • RE: Vivarium Fire Alarm

    We just finished installing the silentone alarm John provided a link to ( arrowmight.com ) in our vivarium. Additionally, we used red strobes rather than white. To do this we had to get concurrence from the State Fire Marshal's office. Drew Townsend ...

  • RE: Vivarium Fire Alarm

    Hey Mark, Like John, we've worked with vivarium users to get the SilenTone devices approved here in Cambridge and Boston. There's a particular approach with NFPA 72. Let me know if you need support. Jeremy ------------------------------ Jeremy Lebowitz ...

  • RE: Vivarium Fire Alarm

    We use them.  It is not my program to manage but our office helped implement them.  I get you some information.   ------------------------------ Gregory Moyer Occupational Safety Manager Southern Methodist University Dallas TX gmoyer@smu.edu ------ ...

  • RE: Vivarium Fire Alarm

    We have had good luck with these. http://www.arrowmight.com/environmental-monitoring/silentone-alarms/ Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone ------Original Message------ Hi Mark, We too are ...

  • RE: Vivarium Fire Alarm

    Hi Mark, We too are doing Vivarium work on campus with an opportunity to take an alternate route than speaker strobes ( existing FAL is voice). There isn’t a large human population in this portion of the building. I believe visual devices in proximity ...

  • Vivarium Fire Alarm

    ​For those of you who have vivarium areas I recall something about Hertz and/or decibel rating for audible alarms that would not stress the animals. We are looking at installing a new audible alarms in our vivarium and looking for any Intel you might ...

  • Good afternoon, As a result of the recent cold temperatures in the area, we have been looking at alternatives for space heaters if engineering controls cannot correct the temperature issues in the work space.  We were just given samples of a product ...

  • John: 'Can you help me better understand what you mean by "switch boxes/power taps" ' I.e. your standard 6 plug switch box for computers and small electronics. We've been saying "no" to allowing those to be plugged into an extension cord (or ...

  • The units actually have a receptacle outlet on each one, so you can plug them one-into-another. The manufacturer actually calls it a 'daisy chain' outlet, which is cute. ------------------------------ Zachary Adams Asst. Director Virginia Polytechnic ...

  • Hi Jeff, Just for clarity, by "daisy chaining flexible cords/extension cords" I assume you mean plugging one into another into another ... yes? Can you help me better understand what you mean by "switch boxes/power taps", please? Possibly a link ...

  • I would be shocked if these are approved by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory like UL or FM. If they are not, they should not be used unless they go through a related approval process (e.g., NFPA 791 and NEC section 110. Zack ------------------------------ ...

  • We've been cracking down pretty hard on daisy chaining flexible cords/extension cords as well as switch boxes/power taps. Someone has asked about using some "grow lights" that have built-in daisy chain outlets (for running multiple lights off of one ...

  • Colleagues; Fire and Life Safety COP and Small College COP are planning a cross-community conversation some time this spring. Small College COP will gather questions from its members, and Fire & Life Safety will gather responses. We anticipate that ...

  • RE: Ammunition storage

    The coordination with the FD is the only thing I could find. Everything (IFC, NFPA 1, NFPA 101, NFPA 400) points to 495. IFC has some language about magazines and storage practices for "explosives," but that definition excludes DOT ORM-D, so not small ...

  • RE: Ammunition storage

    Good point. Since one of the requirements of our grant is that we have to open the range to the public, it isn't a huge secret. But warning signage, similar to what we have on our labs, is probably in order. As an aside, everything I see in NFPA ...

  • ​This proposal came from the wood industry, as John pointed, out there has been several fires in the last few years with buildings that are under construction. But, these have all been wood construction; drywall and suppression systems were not installed ...

  • If you use NFPA 1, this has been in the code for decades (at least since 1997). If you use NFPA 101 for health care occupancies, this has been in the code since at least 1994. John ------Original Message------ ...

  • I wonder if this is in the crystal ball for those jurisdictions that use NFPA 101? ------Original Message------ For contracted construction projects, it will require an NFPA 241 construction fire prevention plan as part of the design, bid, ...

  • RE: Ammunition storage

    Jeff; You might also cross-check with the responding FD to see whether they have expectations on approaching magazines.  Police agencies don't like to advertise where they store the ammunition (as by signage), but the FD doesn't want to attack a fire ...

  • For contracted construction projects, it will require an NFPA 241 construction fire prevention plan as part of the design, bid, and construction. For internal work, that same standard (241) applies, but the owner has to do all the work. This has been ...

  • RE: Ammunition storage

    Jeremy, Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I got pulled into a meeting yesterday and just started addressing this. NFPA 495 appears to be pretty straightforward addressing Small Arms Ammunition (I'm using the free version, so searching ...

  • How are others planning on dealing with this? The university architect sent this to me during the holidays. There are many times that Mississippi State is the using agency, not the owner until after the building has reached substantial completion. ...

  • Colleagues; Please see below from APPA, our partner organization for facilities officers.    2018 IFC Change Makes Owners Responsible for Fire Protection on all Phases of Construction The unofficial ...

  • http://www.campusfiresafety.org/Training-Activities/Webinars/Webinar-Schedule Feb 7, 2019 at 1PM EST                   Overview of In-Building Emergency Communication Systems: Systems basics, model code requirements ...

  • Hello Everyone, These are some great responses!  I really appreciate everyone's time and energy! Here's an update on where we are at with the problem. We are currently building three new student residential buildings that will house approximately ...

  • Fire Door Inspections

    ​For those of you doing annual fire door inspections per ICC Fire Code (2015 edition) Section 703.1.3 do you require the measurement to retract the latch is less than 15 pounds, the force to set the door in motion is less than 30 poubnds and the force ...

  • Colleagues; Find yourself in sunny Santa Barbara.  Occasionally, there are wildfires and mudslides.  But the surfing off Point Concepcion is about the best in the northern hemisphere. Contact:   james.caesar@ucsb.edu jobs.ucsb.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=193161 ...

  • NEW TIME: Due to campus conflicts - the January conference call will start at 1:30 pm Central Time. Alternate:  The chair will join the conference call at 1:30 pm.  Y'all decide.  :-) John ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life ...

  • All; We will have Fire and Life Safety CoP conference calls to deal with our business. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 Second Wednesday of every other month, at 1:00 PM Central, starting November 14, 2018. Should last no ...

  • Survey- Please Respond

    Colleagues, Some of you, or others at your institution, may have received a survey via email from the former Fire Marshal at UNC-Chapel Hill. While he has moved on to a municipality position, he continues with his Executive Fire Officer research project ...

  • All; We will have a Fire and Life Safety CoP conference call to deal with our business, on January 9, 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 Campus ...

  • Hello- SUNY-Erie Community College is looking for a job description for an "Emergency Coordinator" to assist with our emergency and fire and life safety planning and training and program implementation.  This position would be closer to entry level.  ...

  • RE: Ammunition storage

    Jeff - NFPA 495 governs explosives storage. Let me know if you need support interpreting and applying it in your jurisdiction. Jeremy Lebowitz, P.E. | Vice President Development - Industrial O +1 508-620-8900 | C +1 508-208-2785 ------Original ...

  • Ammunition storage

    Greetings all, Can anybody point me in the direction of NFPA codes for ammunition storage associated with an indoor gun range? Thanks, Jeff ------------------------------ Jeffrey Lewin Chemical Safety Officer Michigan Technological University ...