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Preventing MIC In Your Commercial Fire Sprinkler System
Are you aware of the dangers that microorganisms can have on your commercial sprinkler system? MIC, or microbiologically influenced corrosion, is caused by organisms in water that affect the pipes of a sprinkler system.
commercial-fire-protection  fire  sprinkler-system 
yesterday by Adventure_Web
Fire At Chemical Unit In Hyderabad's Jeedimetla Area, 8 Injured
HYDERABAD:  A massive fire broke out at a pharmaceutical unit in the Jeedimetla industrial area of Hyderabad this morning. Ten people were rescued from Vijayasree Chemicals and eight of them have sustained injuries. They have been taken to the Gandhi Hospital.

The Jeedimetla industrial area is home to hundreds of small scale industries, and larger chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Therefore, fire officials were concerned about the spread of fire. However, about nine fire engines managed to bring fire under control, they said.
India  industrial  fire  injury  pharmaceutical 
yesterday by dchas
Vt. firefighter charged with lighting children's hands on fire
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire.

Levi Dykema, 28, faces three counts of reckless endangerment after police say the Ferrisburgh dad covered his 5-, 7- and 10-year-olds' hands with hand sanitizer and ignited them. He's then accused of posting the videos to social media.

Dykema told police he was demonstrating the flammability of hand sanitizer and teaching his kids about poor decision-making.

Police say he could have seriously injured the children. Luckily, they were not burned.

Dykema pleaded not guilty.

The Select Board chair confirmed Dykema has been suspended from his position as a volunteer firefighter with Charlotte Fire and Rescue.
us_VT  public  fire  response  other_chemical 
2 days ago by dchas
Fire burns Waterloo trailer
WATERLOO — Fire consumed a trailer and scorched the side of a building when a chemical reaction sparked a blaze Wednesday night.

No injuries were reported, and the building took no structural damage, according to Waterloo Fire Rescue.

The fire broke out shortly 6 p.m. when workers at Kinzler Construction Services on Geraldine Road were disposing of different types of old expanding insulation foam, said Battalion Chief Mike Moore. When the different foams mixed, it created a chemical reaction that generated heat and ignited the 20-foot tandem axel trailer about 10 feet from the building, he said.

The building had minor exterior damage, and firefighters removed light smoke from inside, he said.
canada  industrial  fire  response  wastes 
2 days ago by dchas
Warning hundreds of fire deaths may be linked to skin creams - BBC News
Last March a BBC investigation discovered 37 deaths were linked to skin creams containing paraffin in England since 2010. It is believed there have been a further eight deaths since November 2016.

But fire services are now warning the creams - used for conditions like eczema and psoriasis - may have played a role in many other deaths without investigators realising.
ij  foieg  fire  followup  bbc 
2 days ago by paulbradshaw
When Scientists "Discover" What Indigenous People Have Known For Centuries | Science | Smithsonian
"Our knowledge of what animals do when humans aren’t around has steadily increased over the last 50 years. For example, we know now that animals use tools in their daily lives. Chimps use twigs to fish for termites; sea otters break open shellfish on rocks they selected; octopi carry coconut shell halves to later use as shelters. But the latest discovery has taken this assessment to new heights—literally.

A team of researchers led by Mark Bonta and Robert Gosford in northern Australia has documented kites and falcons, colloquially termed “firehawks,” intentionally carrying burning sticks to spread fire. While it has long been known that birds will take advantage of natural fires that cause insects, rodents and reptiles to flee and thus increase feeding opportunities, that they would intercede to spread fire to unburned locales is astounding.

It’s thus no surprise that this study has attracted great attention as it adds intentionality and planning to the repertoire of non-human use of tools. Previous accounts of avian use of fire have been dismissed or at least viewed with some skepticism.

But while new to Western science, the behaviors of the nighthawks have long been known to the Alawa, MalakMalak, Jawoyn and other Indigenous peoples of northern Australia whose ancestors occupied their lands for tens of thousands of years. Unlike most scientific studies, Bonta and Gosford’s team foregrounded their research in traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge. They also note that local awareness of the behavior of the firehawks is ingrained within some of their ceremonial practices, beliefs and creation accounts.

The worldwide attention given to the firehawks article provides an opportunity to explore the double standard that exists concerning the acceptance of Traditional Knowledge by practitioners of Western science.

Traditional Knowledge ranges from medicinal properties of plants and insights into the value of biological diversity to caribou migration patterns and the effects of intentional burning of the landscape to manage particular resources. Today, it’s become a highly valued source of information for archaeologists, ecologists, biologists, ethnobotanists, climatologists and others. For example, some climatology studies have incorporated Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge) to explain changes in sea ice conditions observed over many generations.

Yet despite the wide acknowledgement of their demonstrated value, many scientists continue to have had an uneasy alliance with Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous oral histories.

On the one hand, these types of knowledge are valued when they support or supplements archaeological, or other scientific evidence. But when the situation is reversed—when Traditional Knowledge is seen to challenge scientific “truths —then its utility is questioned or dismissed as myth. Science is promoted as objective, quantifiable, and the foundation for “real” knowledge creation or evaluation while Traditional Knowledge may be seen as anecdotal, imprecise and unfamiliar in form.

Are Indigenous and Western systems of knowledge categorically antithetical? Or do they offer multiple points of entry into knowledge of the world, past and present?

Ways of Knowing

There are many cases where science and history are catching up with what Indigenous peoples have long known.

For instance, in the past two decades, archaeologists and environmental scientists working in coastal British Columbia have come to recognize evidence of mariculture—the intentional management of marine resources—that pre-dates European settlement. Over the course of thousands of years, the ancestors of the Kwakwaka’wakw and other Indigenous groups there created and maintained what have become known as “clam gardens”—rock-walled, terrace-like constructions that provide ideal habit for butter clams and other edible shellfish.

To the Kwakwaka’wakw, these were known as loxiwey, according to Clan Chief Adam Dick (Kwaxsistalla) who has shared this term and his knowledge of the practice with researchers. As marine ecologist Amy Groesbeck and colleagues have demonstrated, these structures increase shellfish productivity and resource security significantly. This resource management strategy reflects a sophisticated body of ecological understanding and practice that predates modern management systems by millennia.

These published research studies now prove that Indigenous communities knew about mariculture for generations—but Western scientists never asked them about it before. Once tangible remains were detected, it was clear mariculture management was in use for thousands of years. There is a move underway by various Indigenous communities in the region to restore and recreate clam gardens and put them back into use.

A second example demonstrates how Indigenous oral histories correct inaccurate or incomplete historical accounts. There are significant differences between Lakota and Cheyenne accounts of what transpired at the Battle of Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn) in 1876, and the historical accounts that appeared soon after the battle by white commentators.

The Lakota and Cheyenne can be considered more objective than white accounts of the battle that are tainted by Eurocentric bias. The ledger drawings of Red Horse, a Minneconjou Sioux participant in the battle, record precise details such as trooper’s uniforms, the location of wounds on horses, and the distribution of Indian and white casualties.

In 1984, a fire at the battleground revealed military artifacts and human remains that prompted archaeological excavations. What this work revealed was a new, more accurate history of the battle that validated many elements of the Native American oral histories and accompanying pictographs and drawings of the events. However, without the archaeological evidence, many historians gave limited credence to the accounts obtained from the participating Native American warriors.

Hypotheses incorporating traditional knowledge-based information can lead the way toward unanticipated insights. The travels of Glooscap, a major figure in Abenaki oral history and worldview, are found throughout the Mi’kmaw homeland of the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada. As a Transformer, Glooscap created many landscape features. Anthropologist Trudy Sable (Saint Mary’s University) has noted a significant degree of correlation between places named in Mi’kmaw legends and oral histories and recorded archaeological sites.

Opportunities at the Intersection

As ways of knowing, Western and Indigenous Knowledge share several important and fundamental attributes. Both are constantly verified through repetition and verification, inference and prediction, empirical observations and recognition of pattern events.

While some actions leave no physical evidence (e.g. clam cultivation), and some experiments can’t be replicated (e.g. cold fusion), in the case of Indigenous knowledge, the absence of “empirical evidence” can be damning in terms of wider acceptance.

Some types of Indigenous knowledge, however, simply fall outside the realm of prior Western understanding. In contrast to Western knowledge, which tends to be text-based, reductionist, hierarchical and dependent on categorization (putting things into categories), Indigenous science does not strive for a universal set of explanations but is particularistic in orientation and often contextual. This can be a boon to Western science: hypotheses incorporating traditional knowledge-based information can lead the way toward unanticipated insights.

There are partnerships developing worldwide with Indigenous knowledge holders and Western scientists working together. This includes Traditional Ecological Knowledge informing government policies on resource management in some instances. But it is nonetheless problematic when their knowledge, which has been dismissed for so long by so many, becomes a valuable data set or used selectively by academics and others.

To return to the firehawks example, one way to look at this is that the scientists confirmed what the Indigenous peoples have long known about the birds’ use of fire. Or we can say that the Western scientists finally caught up with Traditional Knowledge after several thousand years."

[See also:
"How Western science is finally catching up to Indigenous knowledge: Traditional knowledge has become a highly valued source of information for archaeologists, ecologists, biologists, climatologists and others"

"It’s taken thousands of years, but Western science is finally catching up to Traditional Knowledge" ]
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3 days ago by robertogreco
Fire damages Diamond Products in Elyria
ELYRIA — Firefighters battled a blaze at an industrial facility on Prospect Street on Saturday morning.

The fire was called into 911 about 8:47 a.m. at Diamond Products, 333 Prospect St., Elyria fire Capt. Carl Mack said. The fire was contained to a standalone building on the property.

Mack said the fire was contained to the northwest corner of the building, where there are two paint booths. He estimated the paint booths take up about 25 percent of the building.

A contractor was cleaning in the area of the paint booths when the fire started.

“We arrived to heavy smoke throughout the building and heavy fire in that northwest corner,” Mack said. “It was venting from the vent in the roof, as well as the garage door.”
us_OH  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago by dchas
Concerns linger as fire prompts environmental testing at crumbling commercial building
CLEVELAND - A decaying and crumbling industrial building in Cleveland’s Stockyards neighborhood was the site of air quality testing Friday afternoon after a massive fire broke out Tuesday morning.

While the testing did not find elevated levels of mercury in the air, officials said the priority now is to make sure the building is secure so trespassers don’t track the contamination outside.

The property is located in the 7200 block of Wentworth Avenue.

Tuesday’s 3-alarm fire turned an attached loading dock into a charred husk. The brick exterior is covered in soot and the large chunks of the roof have collapsed.

Two days later, the fire department was called back out to the property. While there wasn’t an open flame, fire officials said there was a haze present in the building, possibly caused by scrappers working inside. The HAZMAT team was called out because of environmental concerns, fire officials said.

According to records obtained by News 5, the property has a lengthy history of environmental concerns and violations.
us_OH  industrial  fire  response  mercury 
7 days ago by dchas
Tropicana casino fire sparked by would-be Walter White's meth lab
A would-be Walter White has been arrested in Atlantic City after his meth lab caused a fire in a Tropicana Casino hotel room.

On Wednesday morning, firefighters responded to a call indicating a fire in progress on the 44th floor of the west tower of the Tropicana’s hotel. The blaze was soon under control and while the smoke forced the evacuation of four hotel floors, no serious injuries were reported and property damage was limited to around $50k.

However, once the smoke cleared and the firefighters got a better look at the room, they discovered the familiar apparatus of a makeshift methamphetamine laboratory. A check of the hotel’s surveillance system revealed three individuals fleeing the premises before the firefighters arrived on the scene.

The three suspects – two male, one female – were located and detained on Wednesday night, although two of them were subsequently released without being charged. But the man who rented the room, 49-year-old Michael Pillar, was charged with maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, possession of methamphetamine and criminal mischief.

The meth lab was reportedly set up in the hotel room’s bathroom but the fire quickly spread to the main room, setting the bed on fire. A quick-thinking hotel staffer attacked the blaze with a fire extinguisher – suffering mild injuries in the process – while the hotel’s sprinkler system helped contain the fire to the single room.
us_NJ  public  fire  injury  illegal  clandestine_lab 
8 days ago by dchas
Why Your Business Needs Fire Alarm Systems
With the right fire alarm systems, you can ensure that your company is well-protected in case a fire should ever occur.
fire  fire-alarm  fire-alarm-systems 
9 days ago by Adventure_Web

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