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Performance Based Codes - Their Effect on Fire Investigation


Code compliance is a common issue that can arise in the course of a fire investigation and can be critical to resolving liability issues. In the course of resolving a...

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On, Off or Tripped? Analyzing Circuit Breakers After a Fire


When investigating the origin and cause of a building fire, one of the primary items to examine is the electrical panel, and specifically, the positions of the circuit breakers in...

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Fire Investigation – The First 72 Hours Protecting Your Interests


A fire starts in a section of a multi-tenant warehouse and eventually destroys the entire structure and contents. The owner of the building is not one of the tenants and...

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Summer Fire Safety Tips


Knowing a few fire safety tips will help everyone have a safe summer! Do Always use barbecue grills outdoors and a safe distance from play areas and foot traffic. If you smell...

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Understanding Smoldering Combustion


Many fire investigators intuitively understand the nature and manner of smoldering combustion.  Unfortunately, expressing the concept in words often leads to problems when the fire investigator is called upon to...

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Vehicle Fire Investigations - Burning More Than Just Rubber


The design of modern motor vehicles is rapidly changing and the costs of them are increasing significantly.  As a result, often the size of a loss involving a motor vehicle...

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Fire Modeling


Fire Modeling is an engineering tool used to estimate fire and smoke spread for specific fire situations.  Fire models can be either physical scale models or computer generated mathematical models...

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Insulating against fire - the Dangers of Polyurethane Insulation


We live in a cold climate.  Many business owners realize that the path to cost savings is to minimize your energy costs by insulating your buildings.  This makes perfect sense,...

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Odourant Fade - Propane and Natural Gas


Most people in Canada are familiar with the sour rotten egg smell that comes with any discharge of natural gas or propane.  As a consequence, in incidents involving a natural...

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Sampling for Dummies


One of the black arts of fire investigation has always been sampling for accelerants.  Often fire investigators will rely on the use of a dog trained to detect accelerants rather...

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Pyrolysis Can Cause Fires… and May provide Avenues for Subrogation


Fire investigators often enquire about recent modifications, installations, or additions to the premise when attempting to determine the cause and origin of a fire. This can provide clues that can...

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Burning Down the House - Dangers of Blown-in Insulation


Blown-in insulation is used in attics to provide additional “R” value for older houses.  Blown-in, or cellulose insulation consists of shredded newspaper that has been chemically treated with a fire...

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When Can Water Start Fires?


Water heaters, particularly gas-burning water heaters, are a fixture in most Alberta homes.  They   provide the hot water for dishes, and the relaxation created by a soak in a nice...

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Understanding Fire Ratings of Assemblies - Resistance is Futile


Most fire investigators and those involved in the construction industry are familiar with the fire resistance ratings of different types of assemblies, but few understand how these ratings are developed...

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Gas is Gas Right?...Wrong!


Despite the wide spread use of gas appliances such as furnaces, water heaters and barbeques, many people don’t understand the important differences between the two main fuels typically used with...

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When is a building not a building?


In Alberta, buildings are generally constructed in conformance to the Alberta Building Code and the Alberta Fire Code.  These documents provide a prescriptive approach to building design, providing minimum criteria...

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Heat Trace As An Ignition Source


The severe cold that is experienced during prairie winters can cause potentially damaging freezing in residential and commercial buildings. In many applications, electrical heat trace can be a solution. It...

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