Jul
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Heat transfer systems are used widely throughout various industries. Their most common use is in chemical processes where temperature control is needed for large quantities of materials. The greatest concern is where the heat transfer…

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May
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While they can be found in various occupancies including plastic injection molding, petroleum based hydraulic fluids are often used in metal working facilities. In most metal working operations, combustible loading is normally very low. The…

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Jan
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Although fires in air preheaters (ap’s) of US power plants are infrequent, the result can be extensive damage and downtime of several months. Here, we consider steps that can be taken to minimize the incidence…

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Nov
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In a recent issue of the Record, which is a quarterly publication of FM Global, the system of Exposure Driven Engineering was reviewed. Basically, Exposure Driven Engineering is a concept, which consists of conducting intermediate…

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Jul
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A facility can be idle for many reasons, such as annual shutdowns, labor strikes and building renovations. When a facility is idle there is a high risk for potential loss. During a recent four-year period,…

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Jun
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In last month’s article, we dealt with the definitions for severe weather watches and warnings with respect to the upcoming hurricane season in the Northern Hemisphere. One peril that accompanies most severe weather conditions are…

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May
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As a reminder, hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 in the Northern Hemisphere. Windstorm is the second highest cause of property loss after fire. Recent severe windstorms have proven that buildings and…

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Apr
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Halon was the extinguishing agent of choice used up until the early 1990’s. It provided a high level of property protection with very little secondary damage. The Montreal Protocol changed all this. The Montreal Protocol…

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Mar
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“Back to Basics.” It may be clich√©, but with respect to property conservation, it could be the difference between a fire being controlled or one that completely destroys a building. When a fire protection survey…

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Jan
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ESFR (Early Suppression Fast Response) sprinkler systems are designed to achieve fire suppression for a specific type of storage occupancy before the fire becomes fully developed. ESFR heads vary with K-factors of 11.2, 14.7, 17…

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Dec
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Referencing the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster on September 11, 2001, an article in the November/December 2001 issue of the NFPA Journal addressed the issue of why buildings collapse. As tragic as that day was,…

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Sep
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Risk Logic and its staff wishes to offer its most sincere sympathies and condolences to the families and friends who have lost their loved ones during the horrific terrorist act that occurred on September 11,…

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Aug
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On July 19th, 2001, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Central Sprinkler Company, an affiliate of Tyco Fire Products LP, of Lansdale, PA., announced a voluntary recall of 35 million Central fire sprinklers with…

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Jun
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Heating equipment such as boilers, heaters, ovens, kilns or process furnaces are found in all businesses and industries. The equipment can be utilized simply for building heat or be a key element in the manufacturing…

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May
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In fire protection service, pressure reducing valves (PRV’s) can be found on standpipes and automatic sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings, in pump houses, on public and private gravity water systems and other situations where conditions…

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Mar
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What Is An Ice Plug? When, Where, And Why Do They Form? Ice plugs can be a grave problem since they have the ability to seriously impair sprinkler system piping. Contrary to popular belief, ice…

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