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Exit Access

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If a large group of people were using the stairs to exit this building, this cart would no doubt have a profound affect on their ability to escape. This would easily cause bodies to be stacked up on each other and the numbers injured and killed would likely be from crush injuries and not smoke […]

Hazards of Commercial Buildings

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No doubt that we all have a building like this in our jurisdiction, if not several. In many cases these buildings have been several different kinds of business and altered some fashion or another. These are not simple fires, especially if there are part of a main street block or strip mall type of set […]

Remember the PIV?

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Remember when doing inspections to check out the fire department connection.  We all do that pretty well for the most part, making sure that nothing is blocking it and noting where it is for tactical reasons.  However, I have seen crews miss checking the Post Indicator Valve when checking the FDC/Sprinkler System. It is just […]

Woe the Shopping Carts

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With the holidays over, so to speak, the big sales days are upon us now.  You might want to check on your big stores to make sure things are in order. As we can see here, the shopping carts have taken precedent over the people inside for access to the exit.  This happens a great […]

Inspections

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As you can see, this is a huge obstacle for those wanting to get out of that door.  I have had companies do inspections and when I asked about the exterior, especially the rear of the building, I would get blank stares. It is important to check out the exterior in particular where the exit […]

Inspecting Exits and Exit Aisles

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You can see the problem here, right?  This is a common problem in warehouses, mercantile stores and the “big box” stores, especially the large do-it-yourself stores.  We have to make sure that these lanes are not ‘permanently’ blocked.  The exception is if they are using the lift to move merchandise to or from high shelves, […]

Tragedy 85 Years Ago

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On this day in 1924, children and their parents were gathered in the Babbs Switch School for a visit from Santa Clause. It would end up being a tragic Christmas story and a reason for inspections and codes.  The school had been recently painted with terpintine used for paint thinner.  After windstorms had damaged the […]

India School Fire in 1995 Killed Over 500

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On this day in 1995, over 500 people were killed during a school ceremony in Dabwali, Haryana India. There were entire families and mostly children that were killed that day. The school had set up a large tent/membrane structure for a special event for the school.  It is believe that a short circuit in some […]

Watered Tree Vs. Non-Watered Tree: Merry Christmas

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Tis the Season for Candles

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I know I have just about beat this to death, but I attended two Christmas plays and a wedding in the past week and was glad to see that there were no candles in the aisles at any of them.  This time of year we see an increased use in candles in places of worship […]

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