As temperatures drop, the potential for sprinkler freeze failures rises. Dry pipe sprinkler systems are one way to avoid of freeze failures, but even they are not immune. Wet Pipe Sprinklers vs. Dry Pipe Sprinklers As we mentioned in our “Fire Sprinkler Freeze Failures” post back in February, when you need sprinklers in environments that […]
Accidents happen. Murphy’s Law clearly states that, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Engineers, like Fire Protection Engineers, focus on all of the potential ways something can go wrong and work to minimize the possibilities. Unfortunately, some people do not share the same mindset and “accidents” happen more as a result. Real-world system […]
In cases of fire loss investigation, many questions will come up. For example: What started the fire? Did the fire spread? What materials played a role? Did the fire protection systems work right? Was the building constructed and maintained to code? These are good questions that should be asked, but they don’t necessarily get to […]
The difference between winning and losing a fire loss case might hinge upon the scientific principles applied during the investigation. The more complex the issues, the more difficult it can be to demonstrate that scientific principles were applied in an appropriate (and acceptable) manner. If it comes down to a difference of opinion between a […]
Understanding the harmful effects of fire and the means to protect against them are central to the practice of fire protection engineering. Given this specialized background, more and more frequently fire protection engineers are tasked with investigating the cause of fires and explosions, as well as the failure of fire protection systems and their effect on life and property loss.
Forensic Fire Engineering Investigation of the Accidental Discharge and Catastrophic Failure of a Gaseous Fire Suppression System A large telecommunications company utilized high-pressure gaseous fire extinguishing systems to provide protection for a number of critical facilities. One of these systems discharged suddenly for no apparent reason. The pipe network immediately failed catastrophically causing severe damage […]
By: Phil Friday Introduction More and more, fire protection engineers are called on to act as the primary investigator of fire losses. Fire protection engineers have historically been regarded as special experts, called upon to analyze code issues, investigate fire protection system failures, and support cause-and-origin experts. However, recognition by the fire investigation profession of […]