Individual Family Dwellings

Individual Family Dwellings The normal occupation of buildings pose fire risks even in the best designed fire safe buildings. However, conversely the less fire safety designed into the structure, the more risks result. Each occupant will bring a fuel load into the building in the form of furniture, clothing, paper, cleaning fluids, cooking appliances, hobbies, and other combustibles. The behavior and life style of the occupant may also, in themselves, pose fire risk. The use of candles, charcoal grills and laundry...

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Fire Marshall Variance

Fire Marshall Variance All commercial buildings constructed in the United States are built to a specific fire code.  Hotels and motels must have one (1) hour rated fire doors for individual rooms.  As an example, doors separating hall corridors may have to be rated at two (2) hours, ceilings are one (1) hour rated, which is achieved by overlapping drywall assemblies. All commercial buildings have similar codes, which in part is based on building size, design and occupancy.  In many cases, either the architect or...

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Fire Protection – The Red Stuff vs. Gel

Fire Protection – The Red Stuff vs. Gel For decades, the Forest Service, particularly in the western United States, has been dropping red phosphate clay products from aircraft and helicopters. They are trying to provide long-term retardant for the leading edge of wildfires in an attempt to stop or slow the progression of a flame front. In recent years, the use of these so called long-term retardants has come under attack by environmental groups and some in the fire service are questioning its potential environmental impact for the...

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