Tuesday, September 1

U.S. Fire Administration Coffee Break Training Update 2009-35

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Fire protection in high-piled or rack storage can be a sophisticated design and maintenance challenge.


Today’s Coffee Break Training, “Commodity Fire Protection” explains some of the concerns regarding these storage arrays.


Your Coffee Break can be downloaded from http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/coffee-break/cb_fp_2009_35.pdf


Always refer to nationally recognized design and installation standards, the product manufacturer or listing details for specific information.   


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Self-Illuminated Signs

The inaugural edition of Tech Talk looks at self-illuminated or self-powered lighting, which is sometimes used to mark exits. Background information about self-illuminated signs is presented, along with tips for reviewing plans and/or inspecting facilities that use or plan to use self-illuminated lighting features. Guidance for safe disposal of damaged or unused units is also included.

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