Fire and Life Safety

  • ​We have gone to AES radios, this tech has been used in the area municipalities for several years. Rather than going through an alarm company we met directly with the central station. This meant no middle man, our pricing was very reasonable. They are ...

  • Hi Jake, thanks for this awesome feedback and detailed information!  Battery backup power considerations are definitely something for us to keep in mind.  The monitoring costs can be a bit of a deterrent - our vendor is looking into a an option to "bundle" ...

  • Hi John, I agree a tech session on how to meet the needs of researchers doing electrical work in the lab would be valuable. I hope you or another submits it. Happy Thanksgiving! Jon Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed., CIH, CSP, ...

  • I think an interesting crossover would be electrical inspection and protection standards for lab-made equipment, as well as lab equipment made for consumption under old CE standards (as opposed to NRTL certification to a UL listing or new CE standards). ...

  • Good morning Joan! Our University stumbled across single path cellular communicators not exactly by choice. In May of this year, our campus migrated to a VoIP phone network, it was not known that the fire alarm control units for each of our buildings ...

  • I submitted an 8 hour PDS on lab/fire code (as usual) and one tech session on accessible means of egress. John John DeLaHunt, MBA, ARM Risk and Life Safety Manager Office of Risk and Emergency Management The University ...

  • Would everyone mind sharing what fire and life safety topic they plan to speak on so we do not duplicate? Also, are there any topics that you would hope to see included in the program? John Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE ...

  • Hello all, I hope you are gearing up for an excellent Thanksgiving holiday! Here at UT Dallas, we recently had a discussion with our Johnson Controls (JCI) vendor/partner, and asked them if they have deployed cellular dialers (see attached spec sheet) ...

  • Colleagues; https://www.cshema.org/tampa/submission Please remember to submit a session on fire and life safety if we don't bother, we cannot expect the conference education committee to prepare a buffet for our feasting. John ...

  • We push for the hydrogen generators vs the use of hydrogen cylinders. For the current lab using a hydrogen bottle we have it stored in a flammable storage cabinet and required flammable gas sensors in the lab. The lab also has sprinklers. Mark ...

  • Tuesday would work for myself Sent from Mail for Windows 10 ------Original Message------ All; I have just realized that I have jury duty on 11/20. Does Tuesday or Thursday of next week work? I am reluctant to push ...

  • Good morning, What precautions are you taking when researchers are wanting to use hydrogen gas in a research lab? Sprinklered, vented gas cabinet? Class 1 Division 2 wiring? Both? Neither? Anyone have labs using hydrogen generators instead of compressed ...

  • All, I'm hammered both days next week. Please don't redirect on my behalf. Have a great weekend. Kevin T. McSweeney, CFPS, CFI-II Fire Marshal University of Delaware Environmental Health & Safety 222 S. Chapel Street ...

  • All; I have just realized that I have jury duty on 11/20. Does Tuesday or Thursday of next week work? I am reluctant to push a full week, with the Thanksgiving week on the horizon. John -----Original Appointment----- ...

  • The details of this event have been changed for: Nov 13, 2019 When: Nov 20, 2019 2:00:00 PM Where: Wherever you want to be -- All; We will have Fire and Life Safety CoP conference calls to deal with our business. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 Second Wednesday ...

  • All; I am at CCFS. We will have this call next week 11/20 same bat time same bat channel. John John DeLaHunt, MBA, ARM Risk and Life Safety Manager Office of Risk and Emergency Management The University ...

  • Trailers

    I've been pretty successful at keeping trailer off my campus except for construction office trailers where they don't pose an exposure risk to existing buildings. I am now being pressed for an upcoming hospital addition to our ED and we will need a temporary ...

  • Hi -  A few years ago, we banned the charging and storage of hover boards on campus due to the potential fire from LiPo batteries.  I was curious if anyone has made any additions/changes to their previous policies to include the variety of portable ...

  • Jessica, This is outstanding! Great ideas and participation. If you guys have not presented on this program at the annual conference you should totally think about submitting this as a tech session. Or perhaps even consider submitting your program ...

  • Hello all, I enjoy seeing events/activities that fellow colleges and universities are doing to promote various safety initiatives. This past September we wrapped up our 4th annual Campus Fire Safety Month awareness initiatives. I wanted to share some ...

  • Member Survey

    Howdy Fire and Life Safety Community! As a member of the Board of Trustees and this CoP, I want to personally invite each of you to complete our Member Needs Assessment survey . It should only take 5-10 min to complete. This survey is designed to help ...

  • ICC Code Hearing

    For those of you who can vote on the ICC codes the Group B code hearings are October 23-30. The hearings provide an opportunity for participants to influence the 2021: I‑Codes.  2021 Group B Codes include: Admin: (Chapter 1) of all the I-Codes® - International ...

  • JDLR

    Performed an overhead inspection of a fire sprinkler system install today. The photo on the far left is the view from the floor, and just looking from the floor you might miss it. But given a closer look from a ladder, you see what's wrong with this flex ...

  • Well done! I would encourage you to submit an abstract for the annual conference in Tampa to share how you go about putting this event together, successes and opportunities for improvement, etc. John W. Fellers, MS, CSP, CFPS, CFI, RAS ...

  • 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 ...

  • Tents in Dormitories

    ​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 ...