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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…

ESFR Protection Of Exposed Expanded Group A Plastics

March 16th, 2015 Comments off

esfrESFR protection of exposed expanded Group A plastics is currently outside the scope of NFPA 13. Attempting to fill this gap, NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation set out to develop experience with these types of commodities and gather data by initiating large-scale fire tests. The goal of these tests was to evaluate the necessary level of protection when ESFR sprinklers in rack storage configurations with no in-rack sprinkler protection are applied. Read more…

Assessing Asphyxiation Risks

January 7th, 2015 Comments off

AsphyxiationThe risk of asphyxiation, a condition of insufficient supply of oxygen to the body, is difficult to assess because of many factors that can contribute to an oxygen deficiency. However, these factors can be measured and used to calculate the risks that can lead to the hazardous conditions that would result in potential asphyxiation. The results can be used to make decisions about the installation, storage, and use of compressed gases as prescribed by state and local fire and building codes. Read more…

Free ICC Building and Fire Codes, Books and Standards

January 3rd, 2015 Comments off

The International Code Council is offering free access to their I-Codes, books and Standards. Previously these documents were only available in internet (html) format. Now the International Code Council has expanded this great service of offering free access to their resources by making many of these documents available in downloadable PDF versions, that are fully searchable and have only a few limitations, such that there is no print capability. 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…

NFPA 13 2013 Edition – ESFR Code Changes

November 2nd, 2013 Comments off

NFPA13_2013The 2013 Edition of NFPA 13 will be adopted by many states and jurisdictions in January 2014. In this article we will be focusing on major changes for this latest edition of NFPA 13 and specifically in the application and use of ESFR (Early Suppression, Fast Response) sprinkler systems. Read more…

Sprinkler Protection Simplified

January 14th, 2013 Comments off

SprinklerProtectionHow much do you know about fire sprinkler systems? If you are a business or a building owner, an architect, or a member of the construction industry, you may be interested in some of these commonly asked questions on sprinkler protection. Explore with us sprinkler terminology, application and use of various types of sprinkler heads, issues arising from change in occupancy or change in use, solutions to common problems, and some simple ‘rules of thumb’ Read more…

NFPA Offers Fire Service Online Access To Codes And Standards

October 13th, 2011 Comments off

NFPAThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) made their codes and standards accessible online to members of the fire service. This complimentary service is outlined in step-by-step instructions in the video shown in the following. Read more…

Advances in Dust Explosion Risk Assessment

August 15th, 2011 Comments off

Recent dust explosion accidents and their aftermath highlighted a renewed need to focus on a better understanding of the methods used in preventing these incidents. A two-phase study was commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation of NFPA to develop and verify a more accurate methodology to assess dust explosion hazards while resolving the controversies associated with the current standards. Part I of this study has now been completed Read more…

Free Online Access To NFPA Codes and Standards

June 29th, 2011 Comments off

NFPAThe National Fire Protection Association is providing free online access to various NFPA codes and standards. The service, which is available to NFPA members and non-members, allows both PC and Mac users to access these documents electronically. Read more…