Hello, The backup generator for one of the data centers in my area has "thrown a rod" as reported by the owner. They do not have a timeline just yet for getting it replaced. This generator is the back up for the fire pump. What advice does the cadre have for how to proceed? Thanks in advance. Jason
I have a storage arrangement that has been difficult to classify. Many of my colleagues have drawn different conclusions for a variety of reasons. The storage arrangement in question is raw potatoes in plastic totes (an empty tote weighs 200 lbs and when full of potatoes weighs 2,000 lbs - 10% plastic by weight and less than 5% by volume when… Show more
A recent article in the Washington Post described a situation in which teachers were noticing the “chirping” sounds of smoke alarms in their students homes during virtual classes. As the article notes, “And while the teachers heard it, the parents and students at the homes seemed so accustomed to the incessant noise that they didn’t notice it.” … Show more
Why areas of refuge? The Life Safety Code is not an accessibility code. Accessibility for persons with disabilities is addressed by other laws and regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, the Code does recognize that many buildings are designed to accommodate people with severe mobility impairments (defined by the Code… Show more
Due to the change in capacity, we are bringing temporary buildings on campus. I was just asked the question about life safety systems. The proposed buildings vary in size from 80 people to 350 people. Do we need fire alarm in buildings that will be on campus for 3 months?
The risks of shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast are a significant health and safety concern in the workplace. Many electrical incidents could have been (and can be) prevented through compliance with the latest safety codes and standards. NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, is a critical document to help… Show more
For an existing conference room where the Architect required adding an outlet, the plan check person has required outlets as per this article, which requires quantity as in a residence. In addition, it requires floor receptacles for each 215 square feet of room. For one room, it is smaller and has doors each wall, as code does not restrict,… Show more
When looking at wildfire preparedness, it is important to remember that everyone has a role to play, including residents. More and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk, but that risk doesn't have to go unchecked. There are proactive steps that individuals and neighbors can take to help protect their homes and communities and… Show more