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Counterfeit Buckeye Brand Fire Extinguishers

Counterfeit Buckeye brand fire extinguishers have been found in circulation. Please see the accompanying photos to help you ID a fake Buckeye extinguisher. If any are found contact the Ohio Fire Marshall’s Office.

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18,000 Counterfeit Smoke Detectors Recalled

Recently the Atlanta (GA) Fire Rescue Department was forced to recall more than 18,000 smoke alarms after an investigation by the FBI and Underwriters Laboratories found the smoke alarms were counterfeit. Although the Division of State Fire Marshal is not aware of any similar issues in Ohio, we wanted to make certain all fire departments…

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Decorative Materials at Prom

The high school has requested to decorate the gym and other areas of the school building for the upcoming prom. They will be using combustible decorative materials and will be restricted under OFC 807.1.2; specifically, materials “meeting the flame propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701…” The bureau’s past interpretation of code has also allowed decorative…

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Sprinkler Systems

I was wondering if there is anyone who’s run into this particular problem and how their city has handled it. I have a building that has a partial sprinkler system in place and over the years the space has been subdivided into smaller units. The total space that has coverage is approx 21,000 sq ft…

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Portable fire extinguishers

Here in Parma we require that business owners have their fire extinguishers tagged by a certified company, GPS, ABCO, ABC, & so on. Some business owners want to just replace the extinguisher each year with a new one & show us the receipt. That presents a problem because sometimes they can’t produce the receipt for…

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Antifreeze Update

It has been over two months since the NFPA Standards Council issued Tentative Interim Amendments to NFPA 13, 13D and 13R banning the use of antifreeze in new sprinkler systems protecting dwelling units (See eTechAlert No. 187 – August 17, 2010). The NFSA petition to the NFPA Board to overturn the TIAs was denied based…

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Fire Protection Systems in Group Homes

I am looking for information on fire protection systems in group homes. It has recently been brought to the attention of the Westlake Fire Department that the County Board of Mental Retardation has decreased the population of their group homes from five to four residents.This was done to accomplish two things. One was to make…

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Open Flame Effects for Entertainment Performance

I received an inquiry regarding Open Flame Effects using Class 3 propane flames for an entertainment performance. I am currently researching the Fire Code and would like any assistance. If anyone has dealt with this type of entertainment please contact me. Here is a brief description of the performance in question: Open Flame Effects performance…

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General Operations Progress and Status

I have a couple of questions that I would like to ask and get as much feedback as possible. 1. Is anyone using the NFPA online system and how has it been working? 2. Does anyone use a laptop for their inspections? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Has there been a cost savings for…

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The Right to Enter a Residence Because of Excess Fire Load in the Home

I had a discussion recently with an assistant building commissioner regarding the right to enter a residence because of excess fire load in the home. It is my understanding that I do not have the right to enter a home, but I can enter a business during times of operation to do an inspection. The…

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