Lessons From the Lahaina Wildfire

The beautiful paradise of Maui was on fire. When I close my eyes and think about Maui, I see lush vegetation, gorgeous sun-swept vistas, and a relaxed, life-loving vibe. I picture leis, grass skirts, and ukuleles. Thinking of any portion of Hawaii devastated by a wildfire is jarring and tragic. Nonetheless, as risk managers, when Read more about Lessons From the Lahaina Wildfire[…]

Guest Post – California Wildfire Grant Funding

I wanted to pass this information on from our trusted FEMA expert – Jerry Quinn For any of your member clients in the Wildfire declared counties – If they want to pursue FEMA Public Assistance (75% Federal) plus 18.75% State for most of the Counties the above Request for Public Assistance form must be sent Read more about Guest Post – California Wildfire Grant Funding[…]

NFPA 70E is updated for 2015 – and the tables have changed

NFPA updated its standard 70E for 2015 and made significant changes to its tables of Limited Approach Boundaries and the like.  In addition, they deleted the term “Prohibited Approach Boundary” and changed Hazard Assessment to Risk Assessment.  While these changes are minor in technical terms, they can have a significant impact on electrical workers who Read more about NFPA 70E is updated for 2015 – and the tables have changed[…]

Can sound waves control fire? Watch this science experiment video.

Sound waves control fire I know you want to get right to the video and it is truly amazing.  In this video Nigel Standford doesn’t set out to answer the question of whether sound can extinguish fire, but after watching this impressive video and seeing the effects that sounds waves had on fire (3:30 towards Read more about Can sound waves control fire? Watch this science experiment video.[…]

UPDATED – What distance from a building should my fence be before I need an evacuation gate?

The 2013 California Building Code Title 24 has finally addressed a long standing issue concerning gates and fences on school property in a clear and concise manner in Section 442.1.3.  We addressed this issue in a blog post in 2007, when the issues was layered in various sections of Title 24 and we were piecing Read more about UPDATED – What distance from a building should my fence be before I need an evacuation gate?[…]

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6 Ways Fire Extinguishers Could Leave You Needing a Lawyer

Lawyers – who needs them?  You will if you don’t get these 6 things in order right now.  Below are 6 common reasons we find when looking at fire extinguishers that result in the need to call in the attorney’s after a fire has occurred. You didn’t train your employees Believe it or not, but Read more about 6 Ways Fire Extinguishers Could Leave You Needing a Lawyer[…]

1984 Fire Extinguisher replacement

1984 is a reality. At least when it comes to fire extinguishers.

If the movie 1984 didn’t make you cringe, then the State Fire Marshall’s version of 1984 just might.  In 2012, the State Fire Marshall amended Title 19, Section 577.2 Obsolete Fire Extinguishers.  And what an amendment it was.  The section of code basically deals with fire extinguishers that cannot be utilized any longer.  And making Read more about 1984 is a reality. At least when it comes to fire extinguishers.[…]

When is decorative art a hazard?

There have been a few updates to the decorative art standards and requirements since we originally published this article.  I wanted to take a moment and update our post so you can get your classrooms in order. Art is still beautiful and it is meant to be hung on walls.  Hanging too much art on Read more about When is decorative art a hazard?[…]