Fire and Life Safety

  • Hello, We did do fire drills in the two residence halls that still have students in them, as well as in the building housing most of the required personnel on campus this spring. The reason we did them is because fire issues remain a hazard when people ...

  • We just had that question pop up, and have been thinking about this a little since. My thoughts were: Overall the risk to the building has not changed. Finding ways to duplicate the experience of the fire drill and familiarize students with ...

  • Thanks for the post John. We are in the process of info-gathering and discussion about how we can proceed. I believe that in light of all the social implications and need for distancing, that drills cannot be performed without manageable controls. Having ...

  • All, Good topic as I have pondered what this might look like for the fall semester and beyond. We also provide fire safety training for the Community Advisors (RAs) in early August each year. That is also up in the air at well at this point. ...

  • Greetings John, et All, This whole thing is like starting over.  Education of the campus community will be a task that's needed before fire alarms start sounding in buildings.  Items such as social distancing at meeting points, areas of refuge, etc.will ...

  • Howdy Fire and Life Safety CoP! I am wondering if anyone has given thought to conducting fire evacuation drills once folks are back on campus. Will you do them? If yes, will you do them as you normally would, or will there be any precautions taken/modifications ...

  • The storage should be in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 30. Storage will need to be in a control area enclosed by 1hr fire barriers (floors and walls) if on floors 1 thru 3. Above the 3rd floor control areas must have 2hr separation. ...

  • Hello All, The University is in the process of purchasing alcohol based hand sanitizer in bulk for the campus community. My current issue is that the recommended area that's large enough is not covered by an automatic sprinkler system. Can anyone provide ...

  • Hello All! I've been tasked with creating an FAQ or guide, in essence predicting questions or issues that may arise from work units returning back to the workplace; specifically general office settings.  Since this scenario is without precedent, I'm ...

  • All,  While in the midst of COVID-19, I realize that the special events as our institutions may shift from what we have typically seen. I have a few questions on what your institution does in terms of special events, and what your work flow looks like:  ...

  • John, Shoot me your questions, I have done a few. Matt Matthew Schumacher, M.S, CFPS, CSP, IAAI-CFI Director of Fire and Occupational Safety/ Fire Marshal UT Southwestern Medical Center 1931 Chattanooga Place., Dallas, Texas 75390 ...

  • Colleagues; We are engaging with a newish requirement in IFC 510 to install a distributed antenna system for emergency responder coverage. We are currently evaluating installation in a four-story metal stud framed residence hall, currently under construction ...

  • Hi Jake, At Weill Cornell Medicine we use the Service Now system to create a work ticket for all of our Fire Alarm, Residential smoke detector activation's and reports of fires at all of our buildings.  Generally, we are notified by Security via radio ...

  • I expect your state fire marshal should have a report format, and so should the city. John ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety Manager University of Texas San Antonio San Antonio TX 210-458-4420 ------------------------- ...

  • All, We had a small dumpster fire on our campus over the weekend. One of the items that I would like to develop to better document these events is an incident report. Does anyone have one that they are willing to share or a good template to build from?  ...

  • Good insight Jake...thanks for sharing. I agree that social distancing protocols shouldn't be to hard to exercise given that FA panels, pumps, valves, etc are typically located in mechanical rooms or areas in the buildings which have restricted access ...

  • Scott, For now we are planning on maintaining our current ITM schedule and conducting those inspections with appropriate precautions and safeguards. Right now our vendor, Johnson Controls, is still operating as normal. The challenging part ...

  • Thanks for sharing John as this is a timely topic. I have been asked to evaluate our ITM program for fire and life safety systems on campus and determine whether temporarily modifications can be made. Is anyone making any temporary changes to their ITM ...

  • Just realized the NFPA webinar took place earlier today, March 26th. Perhaps there is a way to view or listen to a recording of the webinar. John Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone ------Original ...

  • This may be helpful. Free webinar on NFPA's interpretation of what needs to be considered essential. https://training.firesmarts.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=438  Course Description: With more jurisdictions issuing "Stay at Home" orders, there ...

  • Essential Operations

    All, Currently compiling a list of our Fire & Life Safety programs for essential and non-essential operations in preparation for further preparation for our response to COVID-19.  Has anyone came up with a rough list so far that they would be able to ...

  • Greetings Al, Hopefully everyone is hanging tough during these difficult times. The link below outlines our evacuation map program and includes an example. The double sided door maps for residence halls didn't work well for us. We enclose the ...

  • Hi Jake, We are currently in the process of developing 8.5"x11"  vinyl self-adhesive  evacuation route maps for our residential building sleeping rooms (back of door) and elevator lobbies (next to elevator). We hired an AutoCAD specialist to survey ...

  • Hi Jake, We are currently in the process of developing 8.5"x11" vinyl self-adhesive evacuation route maps for our residential building sleeping rooms (back of door) and elevator lobbies (next to elevator). We hired an AutoCAD specialist to survey each ...

  • All, We are in the final stages of constructing a new R-2 dormitory to be opened this Fall on our campus. One item that was raised was the evacuation diagram from each sleeping space as required by the IFC. A couple of questions on this: If you currently ...

  • All, I missed the call today. But we had Andy Minister, retired from PNNL and chair of the NFPA 45 committee at MSU in October to discuss NFPA 45, and I also had him touch on Chapter 38 of the 2018 IFC. It was a great presentation and a great 2 ...

  • Greetings John, Kyle and me from UD joined Zach from VA Tech. Tossed around ICC and NFPA 45 requirements, campus fire issues with outside AHJs and Conference contingencies. Kevin McSweeney, CFPS, CFI II UD Fire Marshal 302-831-6847 Office ...

  • Colleagues; I was called away. What happened on this call? John -----Original Appointment

  • I know our University is going to ban all domestic travel in addition to our international travel ban. So maybe an agenda item about the Conferences contingency plans or cancelation strategies so others who might be in similar predicaments can know deadlines? ...

  • Upcoming Meetings: March 11 at 2:00pm ET May 13 at 2:00pm ET July - Meeting at Annual Conference ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety Manager University of Texas San Antonio San Antonio TX 210-458-4420 -------------------- ...

  • Bimonthly COP Meeting

    Colleagues; The Fire and Life Safety COP will have a meeting Wednesday, March 11, at 2:00 PM Eastern. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 Our agenda will be: Preparing 4 x 1 hour classes for the EHS Academy (whatever it's currently called) Perhaps hearing ...

  • I have question to ask the group, in new construction buildings what equipment do you require to have ARC Flash Warming labels on, in particular do you require the Electrical disconnect switches have the ARC Flash Warning Labels? I have had two new ...

  • Good Morning All!  We are an IFC state, and curious to see what others are doing in the R-2 and dormitories with regards to the below section of the IFC. (Section 808.2) Image is from the 2018 edition, but it appears unchanged in the 2012 edition. This ...

  • Allen, If you are looking to maintain and credit this as a fire rated assembly, I don't know of anyway out of drop testing. I believe there are some provisions about doors that are kept in the normally closed position that may be of some benefit, ...

  • Hi Allen, Have you thought about checking with your local fire inspector (or Fire Marshall)?  Maybe they know of an exemption in the code.   I also realize you may want to volunteer this information to them, though. ------------------------------ Teresa ...

  • Hi all, We are planning to upgrade our swimming pool filtration room, where we store hydrochloric acid for chemical treatment of the pool.  It is VERY corrosive, and creates hydrogen chloride gas when spilled.  Do any of your swimming pool filtration ...

  • Fire Door Drop Test

    Hello All, We have an overhead rolling fire door protecting an evidence locker inside of a facility. I understand and read NFPA 80 as far as testing goes annually but we are unable to test it because it was installed and the handles of the locker wasn't ...

  • Chris, A few things that stand out to me on this that I would look into for consideration: What is your jurisdiction's code requirements for the placement of these devices? You had mentioned these were giving you false alarms... ...

  • I would caution on the statement of compliance installing the detector outside of the room. Many States have specific CO laws that supercede NFPA installation guidelines. Also the cause of the nuisance and false alarms should be determined before making ...

  • Chris, When I was with the fire service, we responded to hundreds of calls for CO detectors going off. The combination detectors seemed to have more false alarms than the stand-alone. This was especially the case with the First-Alert and its commercial ...

  • I would look to the codes you need to comply with. If you need to comply with ICC or your state code based on the ICC there are spacing requirements found in Chapter 9 of the fire code, for example, Section 915 plus the NYS Supplement for those in NY. ...

  • Hello, We currently have smoke/co combination units in our residences and have seen a spike of false alarms since going to a new model.  As a fix we are considering moving to just smokes in the rooms and putting CO-only detectors in common areas and ...

  • Hi all, We have assisted several universities through this process. If you would like engineering support that is unbiased to the manufacturer please let is know, we can help. Tim TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Senior Engineer ...

  • Kelsey, I agree with John that you should look into either Keltron or AES Radio, AES manufactures the radios for Keltron. A radio system is a mesh network, whereby each radio boosts the signal of its neighbor. The problem is that you need to obtain your ...

  • Hi Kelsey, Do you know what Notifier models you have? Keltron has attended the CSHEMA conferences for many years and their website lists many different Notifier models that they are compatible with. Maybe they can help. Here is the link: https://www.keltroncorp.com/systems/lsnet_compatability_chart.cfm ...

  • Hello, CSHEMA community! Our campus has a proprietary fire alarm system that incorporates Honeywell Notifier panels with a third-party receiver and SIS's Alarm Center software for our on-campus dispatchers. We are anticipating the need to replace the ...

  • See job posting here https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1693463897/ ------------------------------ John Fellers, MS, CSP, CFPS CSHEMA Vice President 2019-2020 Assistant Director, EHS Texas A&M University College Station, TX 979-862-8116 ------ ...

  • Howdy! I subscribe to the MeyerFire.com weekly blog, as I suspect many of you might as well. Today, included in the email was a link to the attached NFPA 90A cheat sheet on duct detector requirements. Check it out! ------------------------------ John ...

  • We received so much positive feedback from the event last year that we are doing it again! Registration is now open for the 2 nd Rocket Safety Symposium.   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-rocketry-safety-symposium-registration-91707015151 ...