Tag Archives: building codes

Thomas Hotel Fire, 1961

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Simple oversights on fire inspections could make a difference in an emergency. Be thorough and enforce the fire codes.

2×4’s for Locks

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Great use of a 2×4! Someone thought its was a good idea to put a 2×4 in the door to keep it locked. But, it will also do a good job of keeping people in during a fire. If it is dark and people are panicked, that board could cause some big problems. The board […]

Lending a Hand?

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This is not good! This is when getting out in the neighborhood really pays off.  Sure, someone could notify you about this, but it is so much better when you just stumble across something like this. I don’t know how this was discovered, but some firefighters thought enough of it to snap some photos. Getting […]

Long Way Down

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Jump for it. These exits may require some agility to escape from.

If It Keeps Tripping, Just Tie it Down

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Nothing like being resourceful with the electric. It keeps tripping the breaker, so let’s just tie it down.

Fire Stopping Penetrations Part 1

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Make sure fire stopping is intact and done correctly. The protection of penetrations is part of what gives fire walls their rating and prohibits fire spread from one fire area to another.

Who Wired This?

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Check small closets and hidden areas for situations like this. You never know what you’ll find.

Trip to the Hardware Store

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This exit door is not only blocked and not accessible, it is also padlocked so that it cannot be opened.

Who Can Say “Pack Rat”?

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Fire codes, ehhh, who needs them? This is an interesting picture. How many inspections have you been on where a room was so full of stuff that you couldn’t get in to look around. That may be what happened here.  A hoarder comes to mind too. I also like that “everybody” wants to see what […]

Is It Real? Or Is It Something Worse?

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Solar panels on roofs are not always easy to spot. Can you easily identify them if you were to respond to a fire where the roof had solar panels like these?

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