Building hazard identification

Let’s take a look at identifying hazards in different structures. This drill is great because it can be used in-house†or on the street and really should be used by officers and firefighters alike. This drill is gaged to make us think and use our common sense, yes I said it, Common Sense! Since this has the ability and should be expanded to meet everyone own first due†and then some, I’ll give you ten occupancy types, identify a minimum of 3 a maximum of whatever your company wants, of construction, entrapment, fire spread, etc, hazards for each. These examples are out of my own town of 4 square miles. Enjoy!

1. Single family residential

2.† Bowling alley

3. Occupied multiple dwelling

4.† Auto repair Center

5.† Big Box Store

6. Fast Food Resturant

7. Strip Mall

8. Car Dealership

9. High- Rise Structure

10. Large Shopping Mall

1 Comment

  • anchorpoint1 says:

    1. EVERYTHING! Don’t trust a homeowner. Flammable fluids, poor construction, Lord only knows.
    2. Large open roof construction, Machinery, And those damn gutters.
    3. Overcrowding, overly secure doors and windows, Slum lord owners.
    4. Pits, Flammable fluids, Mystery storage areas
    5. Bar joists, massive fuel load, may only follow minimum allowable codes. (sprinklered in some states but not in others)
    6. Cheap construction, lightweight truss, Disposable buildings
    7. Bar joists, open floor plan, Tough access, common cock loft
    8. Inside car storage (gas tanks) Repair facility with hazards from #4, Light weight construction
    9.Water pressure at upper floors. Ventilation issues, interstitial spaces. I could go on and on….
    10. Finding the nearest direct access to the effected area, Common areas and common cock loft. drop ceilings.

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