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The Mitsubishi MiEV prior to the shoot

NFPA recently spent the day filming a training video while EV Instructor, Ron Moore, performed an extrication demonstration on a new Mitsubishi MiEV. During the video, Ron also described initial response procedures, disabling procedures, as well as showing the locations of the high voltage battery and components, 12 volt battery, fuse boxes and airbag inflators. If you wish to learn more about the new MiEV prior to the release of this informational training video, the same information can be found in our Emergency Field Guide!

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The Mitsubishi MiEV after Ron was done filming!

A new report has just been published by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, titled, "Anchorage and Bracing of Equipment and Mechanical Systems - Compilation of Available Guidance." The report's author is FPRF's own Minkyu Lee. 

By way of introduction to the report, there is range of equipment and mechanical systems in buildings that are vulnerable to seismic damage. The failure of fire protection systems; the release of fire protection agents, fire protection liquids, or flammable or combustible liquids or gases; and the creation of fire hazards are all forms of property damage which can occur during an earthquake. Equipment damage mitigation strategies include the provision of restraint, for example anchors and bracing systems, or other design details such as flexible joints.

Vulnerable equipment types include sprinkler systems, combustible liquid systems, piping, electrical equipment, and mechanical equipment. Each of these types has unique requirements for installation of seismic bracing, anchors, and specific methods for protecting equipment from earthquake damage. The goal of this project was to identify and compile available guidance in the literature into a readily accessible form. Note that this is not a complete list of references; however an attempt was made to identify those readily available publications of most relevance to the topic.

Download the full report from the FPRF website

  

Amanda Kimball, research manager for The Fire Protection Research Foundation says discussions of sustainable building design and its impacts on fire safety that began at the Foundation’s strategic planning meeting several years ago is where the need for more information in this area was solidified. 

As the Foundation continued to explore the need for more discussions on this topic, it became clear that there was great value in bringing together members of the design and fire protection communities to discuss it, which eventually led to the development of the Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings Symposium. The Foundation discovered that to pull together a comprehensive program, they would have to expand their network of relationships because they were limited in some industries that are central to this topic. Working in collaboration with the Chicago and Illinois chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Foundation was able to compile a compelling program aimed at prompting discussions between members of the fire safety and design communities. 

The event is taking place in Chicago, November 7-8 and will feature perspectives from architects, engineers, the sustainability community and research institutions on the challenges and opportunities of integrating fire safety and sustainable design. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are being offered.

 With Hurricane Sandy coming up the East Coast, NFPA wants to remind everyone to refresh their memories about generator safety. Portable generators are useful during power outages. However, many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of portable generators can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards.


 

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    • CO deaths associated with generators have spiked in recent years as generator sales have risen.

    • In 1999, generators were associated with 6% of the total yearly estimated CO poisoning deaths associated with all consumer products compared to 24% in 2002.

    • There were at least 64 deaths in 2005 alone from CO poisoning associated with generators.

Read all of NFPA's generator safety tips and [download our free safety tip sheet | http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1711&itemID=41189&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Causes/Portable%20generators/Generator%20safety%20tips].

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