At 5:50 p.m. on May 9, 2015, with the workday wrapping up, a transformer exploded at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester, New York, 50 miles north of Manhattan. The sprinkler systems triggered, and emergency response crews scrambled, working to keep the fire from reaching the nuclear installation just 200 yards away. The […]
Category: Fire Safety
Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to get your facility ready for the next holidays, which means one thing: decorating. Between the lights, trees, wreaths, menorahs, etc., there are a number of safety considerations to make before your decorating committee starts dragging the decorations out of storage. According to the National […]
As the Carr Fire raged across Northern California this summer, firefighter James Bevins spent 2 weeks providing rescue support for helicopters dispatched to dump water and fire-retardant chemicals on the 230,000-acre blaze.
Many OSHA standards have requirements that must be fulfilled annually. In particular, OSHA’s fire safety standards have a number of inspection, testing, and training requirements that apply on an annual basis for certain facilities. Is your facility affected? Keep reading for a checklist of fire safety-related annual requirements.
It’s getting to that time of year, when the temperature drops below freezing and the pipes at your facility are at risk. Most people, including most facility managers, are aware of this risk with respect to ordinary plumbing found in bathrooms and kitchens. But, have you considered whether your property’s sprinkler system is at risk?
The 2016 edition of the NFPA 72 Fire Code contains the up to date definitions that are in keeping with advancements in technology and processes. By adopting the changes in the updated NFPA 72, fire alarm system designers and contractors can avoid confusion with the proper installation, use, and operation of today’s systems.
At a strip mall in Indianapolis in a storefront that was being repurposed as a tattoo parlor, the new occupants wanted to open up space. To do so, they tore out the walls around the sprinkler control room and finished by drywalling over the sprinkler riser and control valve. The only access they left was […]
A series of explosions in three Massachusetts towns in mid-September resulted in one fatality and several injuries. The incident and the resulting investigations and pending litigation are a reminder of the costliness of failing to conduct proper maintenance and monitoring of equipment to ensure its safe operation and performance.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires a fire prevention plan when applicable standards require it. However, the agency “strongly recommends” that all employers develop a plan. How does your facility’s plan stack up?