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KnA Seminar – High Piled Storage

February 23rd, 2017 Comments off

This 8-hour seminar will provide a detailed understanding of the hazards associated with high-piled combustible storage. This seminar is part of the yearly California Fire Prevention Institute in Buellton, CA. The seminar is targeted towards fire and building inspectors, fire prevention officers and professionals. Discussed will be the latest fire and building codes and regulations, in particular Chapter 32 of the California Fire Code (2016 Edition) and NFPA 13 (2016 Edition). Read more…

KnA Seminar – BIG BOX 101

January 10th, 2017 Comments off

Klausbruckner & Associates is announcing the seminar “BIG BOX 101” for Wednesday, February 1st 2017. The seminar will review fire protection and life safety perspectives for large “big box” warehouses and is targeting fire prevention officials, developers, builders, consultants, architects and engineers. A big box warehouse is a facility that is over 300,000-sf with 28-foot ceilings or higher. Read more…

Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems

January 4th, 2017 Comments off

ESSIn recent years, there has been a marked increase in the deployment of various types of battery technologies for use in Energy Storage Systems (ESS). Code enforcing bodies, such as local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), are asked to successfully address risks associated with these new battery technologies. However, there is little or no guidance and direction on how to deal with associated hazards, or more specifically, on how to review a successful fire protection approach. Read more…

K&A Seminars – Flammable and Combustible Liquids in Containers and Portable Tanks

October 14th, 2016 Comments off

Klausbruckner & Associates is announcing a new seminar for November 9th 2016. This seminar will provide a detailed overview of the latest fire and building code provisions associated with flammable and combustible liquids in containers and portable tanks. Discussed will be code changes from the 2013 to the 2016 Edition of the California Fire Code (CFC). Read more…

SUPDET 2016 – Conference On Suppression & Detection

March 5th, 2016 Comments off

2015 SUPDET - Suppression, Detection, Signaling ConferenceNFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation hosted this year’s conference on suppression and detection in San Antonio, Texas. Presented were the latest research and developments in the fire protection industry that included a diverse cross-section of subjects, such as ‘ESFR K14 sprinklers and High Clearance Update’, ‘Biomass Commodity Classification’, ‘Sub-Scale Analysis of New Large Aircraft Pool Fire-Suppression ‘, ‘Lithium-ion Energy Storage System Fires’ and many more. Read more…

K&A Seminar – Storage Sprinkler Protection, Micro Breweries And Distilleries

October 29th, 2015 Comments off

Klausbruckner & Associates is announcing the seminar “Storage Sprinkler Protection, Micro Breweries And Distilleries” for Wednesday, November 18th 2015. Presented are basic NFPA 13 storage requirements and fire and building code requirements related to Micro Breweries and Distilleries. Read more…

Polyol Combustion Behavior of Polyurethane Foams

September 29th, 2015 Comments off

Polyurethane FireSince the publication of our article on hazards of polyurethane foam fires, the investigation was extended to gather additional insights into PUF’s combustion behavior and associated combustion processes. As it is known, polyurethane foam under fire decomposes into TDI and Polyol. Specifically Polyol combustion processes are investigated in more detail, because Polyol combustion is responsible for the extremely high heat release rates observed during polyurethane foam fires. Read more…

2015 NFPA Conference & Expo Presentations Available Online

July 13th, 2015 Comments off

NFPA made available the education session presentations on their website. These free, downloadable presentation decks (in PDF format) offer an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to continue their education, or who could not attend this year’s NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago. Audio recordings of the sessions are also available (for a nominal fee), which will help you follow along the presentation slides. Read more…

Assessing Combustible Dust – New Codes

May 7th, 2015 Comments off

Dust Fairy And CodesAccording to OSHA and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board1 over the last 35 years more than 450 accidents involving dust have killed nearly 130 workers and injured more than 800. Between the years of 2008 and 2012 alone, a total of 50 combustible dust accidents2 occurred resulting in 29 fatalities and 161 injuries. Given these grim statistics, a lot of attention and effort has been spent over recent years on highlighting the risks of combustible dust, educating the public, and developing non-disruptive, cost-effective solutions that ensure life safety in the workplace Read more…

Fire Hazards Of Polyurethane Foam

November 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Polyurethane FirePolyurethane foam fires are known to produce very high heat release rates and extremely toxic fumes. As a result, these types of fires provide some unique life, firefighter, property safety and fire suppression challenges. In this study polyurethane foam fires and their combustion processes are investigated using the Fire Dynamics Simulator. The software tool’s predictions were validated against test results from experimental burns. Comparisons between simulation and fire tests demonstrated unprecedented good correlation. This formed the foundation of this study validating the model and providing reliable insights into the nature and sequence of the various combustion events taking place. Read more…