Wednesday, November 30, 2011
BURN Trailer from BURN on Vimeo.
BURN is an action-packed and inspiring documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of the men and women of the Detroit Fire Department, who are charged with saving a city that many have written off as dead. It’s a story that resonates in many American cities, as heroic first responders soldier on in the face of severe budget cuts. Learn more at detroitfirefilm.org.
You can take pat in the making of this film by helping to fund it!
Donate to the film now on Kickstarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/detroitfirefilm/burn. (funding ends Thurs., Dec. 1)
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I was recently contacted by a reader from India. The reader stated that he was part of one of the largest fireworks manufacturing plants in India, and that his plant had suffered from dust explosions. He was seeking some safety advice on preventing these kinds of fires. I offered him the below advice from NFPA 654.
NFPA 654: Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids
This standard should serve as a starting point for addressing fire prevention issues at your facility. Some requirements that this standard gives include:
Segregation (654:6.2.1) – separate the area containing the combustible dusts from all other occupancies, and occupancy types
Fire Doors (654:184.108.40.206) – install self-closing fire rated doors in all door openings
Electrical Safety (654:6.6) – NFPA 70, Articles 502 and 503 specifically address wiring, and electrical safety in areas with combustible dust hazards
Risk Evaluation (654:7.1.1) - have a risk evaluation conducted at your facility to determine exactly what fire/life safety risks are present and how to best prevent or abate these risks
Explosion Protection (654:7.1.2) – the design of explosion protection for equipment should be in compliance with NFPA 69 Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems
Dust Control (654:8.1) – explains methods of control and cleaning up excess dust, and preventing it from accumulating
Ignition Sources (654:9.1) – eliminate sources that could possibly ignite these dust particles
Fire Protection Systems (654:10) – there is no greater protection than that offered by automatic sprinkler systems, spark/ember detection and suppression systems, automatic fire alarm systems, and fire extinguishers
Employee Training (654:11) – all employees should be regularly trained in operations and maintenance procedures, as well as, emergency plans. This training should ensure that all employees are knowledgeable in the following: hazards of the workplace, plant safety rules, process description, equipment operation (startup, shutdown, troubleshooting), necessity of properly functioning fire detection and suppression systems, equipment maintenance requirements and practices, housekeeping requirements, and emergency response plans.
A good resource for more information on preventing dust explosions and industrial fires, is the Industrial Fire Prevention blog.
For further guidance on using the codes from NFPA.org check out this instructional blog post --> Code Violation?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Family, food, football, parades, and naps all staples of the American holiday we call Thanksgiving. It's a great time for families to just be together, and enjoy one another (or not?). However, house fires are three times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving day than on any other day of the year. Below are some tips to keep you cooking safely this holiday season.
See these tips and more at Safety At Home - UL.
If you will be using a turkey fryer this year, here is a must see video.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Headlines you might have missed this week:
Friday, November 18, 2011
Don't Be Like the Living Dead
Be happy at work. Have you ever gone into a civil service building and noticed the employees? They are the living dead! Yesterday, I went downtown to file my fictitious business name statement and I couldn't believe the cows at the windows. They all acted as though they had knives stuck in their backs! They spoke in a monotone and never showed any emotion. It was chilling! I thought that I had entered the twilight zone!
Be a rhinoceros and show your personality. Smile and act as if you are alive. Put some spring in your step and some warmth in your handshake. Put some feeling behind your words and show an eagerness to help. You will not only like yourself much more, but you will create a warmer, friendlier, more productive work environment and everyone will love you for that, especially the boss.
If you want more from your job, show up tomorrow as a full time rhinoceros. Don't worry about the rumors that you have been drinking or that you dropped our of bed on your head. Remember your two inch thick skin and your audacity.
Cows hat to work with rhinos because rhinos make them look bad. Cows are lazy and unproductive. They will try to pull you down to their level. Don't let them. There is a loose rhinoceros in the place now! Watch out! There's no telling what will happen! One rhinoceros can really wake a place up. Decide to be that rhino and watch good things start to happen to you.
-from Rhinoceros Success, by Scott Alexander
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Reasons to tolerate the customer/citizen with unreasonable demands:
• You promised you would - as employees in the fire service our main job description is that of public servant. By taking this job, and choosing this career, we have promised to take care of and meet the needs of these citizens. It is our duty. It is our responsibility
• She helps you raise your game - the citizen with seemingly unreasonable demands, make us better, and causes our level of service to rise. The customer that request something outside of our normal operations, or above and beyond our perceived capacity, stretches us. In attempting to accomplish the unreasonable task we realize that it actually is possible, and sometimes this unreasonable task, becomes a new normal operating procedure.