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Lithium-Ion Based Energy Storage Systems

June 17th, 2019 No comments

ESSLithium-Ion based energy storage systems have become increasingly important in recent years, and as a result much effort has been expended in describing and solving the fire protection concerns regarding these types of (battery) systems. The 2018 International Fire Code added Section 608, FM Global released DS 5-33 and the National Fire Protection Association proposed Standard 855 to address concerns arising from the storage and use of these systems. However, only limited test data are available Read more…

KnA Seminar Distilleries and Marijuana Extraction Facilities

May 7th, 2019 Comments off

On May 13th in Longbeach, CA, this 2-hour seminar sponsored by the SoCAL Fire Prevention Office will provide a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the operation of distillery and marijuana processing facilities. 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. Read more…

2018 FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM

September 24th, 2018 Comments off

On October 3rd in Northridge, CA, the 2018 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium is sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Invited speakers will present hot topics in the fire protection industry. Also, the newest fire safety technologies will be exhibited. Proceeds benefit the Chapter Scholarship Fund. Come learn about fire protection engineering and support students. Read more…

KnA Seminar Haz-Mat and Marijuana Facilities

November 2nd, 2017 Comments off

On November 8th in Carlsbad, CA, this 2-hour seminar sponsored by the SoCAL Fire Prevention Office will provide a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the operation of small marijuana processing facilities. 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, including upcoming 2018 fire code regulations. 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…

GHS Against Fire Codes

June 8th, 2015 Comments off

GHS HAZCOM 2012There is a better in good chance that the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) will impact your business. Current fire and building codes are based on NFPA standards, which – in some cases – differ from GHS regulations. With the start of key implementation deadlines already behind us, businesses must be aware of the differences and key requirements between these two sets of regulations in order to successfully adapt to this change. 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…

K&A Seminars Hazardous Materials – MAQ, Control Area, H-Occupancy

July 21st, 2014 Comments off

Klausbruckner & Associates is announcing the seminar “Hazardous Materials – MAQ, Control Area, H-Occupancy” for Wednesday November 12th 2014. Presented are basic fire and building code hazardous materials classifications, use of MAQs (Maximum Allowable Quantities), use of control areas in buildings, as well as separation concepts. Read more…

Report On Flammability Of Li-Ion Batteries In Bulk Storage

May 18th, 2013 Comments off

NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation has released a research report on a study of flammability of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in bulk storage. The results of these tests will be used to define appropriate sprinkler protection in NFPA 13 for these types of products. Three types of Li-ion batteries commonly used in various consumer products were chosen for these fire tests. They were stored in rack storage configurations up to 15 ft high. Read more…

Research On Lithium-Ion Battery Flammability Characterization

October 5th, 2012 Comments off

NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation is conducting a research project on Lithium-ion battery flammability characterization. The objective of this research is to ‘provide a comparative flammability characterization of common Lithium-ion batteries (as compared) to standard commodities in storage’. This project is part of a multi-phase research effort to develop information for fire protection strategies in Lithium battery storage. Read more…