Fire and Life Safety

  • I was in the meeting room for about 12 minutes.  Either I was in the wrong place, or this wasn't a good time. We probably need to think about succession planning. See you at the conference! ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety ...

  • Colleagues; I confess that this one snuck up on me.  I will host it, but largely without an agenda. We will have Fire and Life Safety CoP conference calls to deal with our business. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 We did execute the Small Colleges Q&A ...

  • Hi - We are in the process of updating the position description for our Fire Technician, and I wanted to see if anyone would be willing to share their Fire Technician position description.  Thanks Dave ------------------------------ Dave Mathe, ...

  • Hi - We are in the process of updating the position description for our Fire Technician, and I wanted to see if anyone would be willing to share their Fire Technician position description.  Thanks Dave ------------------------------ Dave Mathe ...

  • Hi Everyone, I wanted to send a reminder about the Small Colleges and Universities Community meeting tomorrow (Thursday, April 18) at 1:00pm EST. John DeLaHunt, leader of the Fire & Life Safety Community, will join us to answer your fire safety related ...

  • Happy to have you, Jeremy! John John DeLaHunt, MBA, ARM Risk and Life Safety Manager Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management The University of Texas at San Antonio SSB 1.104B/MC 05500 One UTSA Circle ...

  • Hi all,  If the role of 'code consultant' hasn't yet been filled we'd be glad to step in. RE:  Are fire doors required to compartmentalize a building? Facilities tell me that if the building is sprinkled, fire doors are not required. This truly ...

  • >>I have learned to expect an argument on the definition of "necessary."<< Sometimes it feels just like this classic skit ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohDB5gbtaEQ Jon ------Original Message------ I have ...

  • ​Who is responsible for flushing fire hydrants each year - the building owner, or the water company? Who should be notified when performing this test? Great question. Before you can answer this question you need to know who owns the water main. If the ...

  • I'll take this one: Fire Drills: If you do fire drills in the academic buildings how does that go over with the faculty? Usually not too poorly. Do you notify them in advance that you will be doing drills? The standard procedure is to provide ...

  • If we are moving the discussion away from the question of storage in electrical room to mechanical spaces I offer the following. The NFPA 1 handbook further explains that "The use of equipment rooms to store items, such as those needed for the ...

  • I have learned to expect an argument on the definition of "necessary." ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety Manager University of Texas San Antonio San Antonio TX 210-458-4420 ------------------------------

  • Necessary for the equipment operation versus what is not. Jon Sent from my soup can on a string. ------Original Message------ About mechanical rooms (boiler rooms and electrical equipment rooms are easy to defend), I've been ...

  • About mechanical rooms (boiler rooms and electrical equipment rooms are easy to defend), I've been asked "What is combustible material, if not the filters that we have staged in the space for the upcoming maintenance cycle [2015 NFPA 1 10.18.5.2 - Materials ...

  • Thanks, John! ------Original Message------ I'll take this one: " Are there any specific requirements and/or limitations for storing items in electrical rooms?" NFPA 1 Fire Code (2018 ed) answers this question in Chapter 10 section 10.18.5. ...

  • I'll take this one: " Are there any specific requirements and/or limitations for storing items in electrical rooms?" NFPA 1 Fire Code (2018 ed) answers this question in Chapter 10 section 10.18.5. It states, " Combustible material shall not be ...

  • We will be in the Small College's chat room: https://connect.cshema.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=5e92014c-aa2a-4bcd-bbff-fe8e587e4305 ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety Manager University of Texas San Antonio ...

  • Colleagues; We will be cross-calling for an hour with the Small Colleges Community of Practice on April 18, at 1:00 Easter/12  Central/11 Mountain/10 Pacific.  The format will be Ronnie Souza (COP chair for Small Colleges) kicking off, us answering the ...

  • The high-craft solution to this is to tie the wax pot power supply to an occupancy sensor. There are lots of lower-craft (and lower-cost) ways to do this that involve training and signs and thermostats and things of that nature. I misstated the pressure ...

  • Brian; I would read 2015 NFPA 30 chapter 13 (and chapter 14, if a hazmat locker) carefully.  If the building meets all the requirements of chapter 13, then one can read 13.10.1 as a "get out of sprinkler system free card." You might want to consider ...

  • RE: Refrigerants

    I'd also look at IFC 5801 exception 1.  They are pretty clearly excepting R290 from hazmat and directing it to IMC and 606 (which is cribbed from IMC). IMC 1104 indicates that a Machinery Room is required when propane amount exceeds 0.56 lbs/kcf in the ...

  • I'm trying to verify that fire suppression would not be required for an outdoor flammable liquids storage locker, far enough from an occupied building.  If I understand NFPA 30 correctly, outdoor flammable storage lockers do  not require automatic ...

  • RE: Refrigerants

    Hi Mark, I think we will all see propane (R-290) more often. It is cheap and the EPA has listed R-290 as an acceptable refrigerant substitute under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP). EPA also exempted R-290 from the venting prohibition in ...

  • Refrigerants

    ​For those of you who are ICC users am I reading Fire Code Section 606 correctly? I just found out my facilities department has started to replace the HCF refrigerants out with propane (R2990). Is section 606 telling us we are allowed to have up to 30 ...

  • Consider replacing the unit with one that doesn't have a "high" setting and/or has a timer that shuts it off? Jeff -- Jeff Lewin Chemical Safety Officer Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Environmental Health and Safety 322 Floor ...

  • From the dept. representative: Wax was the "fuel".  It is in the wax pot which is an electric burner with a pan of wax sitting on it.  Typically the students are supposed to turn it to low then wait while it melts then set the pot in the pan to wax ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ------ ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...