“South Alex” Fire Provides a Lesson in the Risks of Smoking

October 04, 2021

Raymond O’Brocki October 4, 2021 It’s been 18 months since I had the opportunity to tour the scene of the fire that ravaged the “South Alex” project in Alexandria, Virginia. Despite the passage of time,
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Steps for Avoiding the Next Fire Caused by Hot Work

August 24, 2021

Raymond O’Brocki August 24, 2021 It’s often said that “the devil is in the details.” This old idiom is something I’ve come to appreciate during my career in fire safety because paying attention to details
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Building a Culture of Safety

July 22, 2021

Raymond O’Brocki July 22, 2021 After 20 years of visiting and evaluating fire safety measures at construction sites, I’ve learned to quickly identify projects led by those who take fire prevention seriously and those who
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Chapter 33 of the International Fire Code Poised for a Makeover

June 03, 2021

Raymond O’Brocki June 3, 2021 When it comes to Chapter 33 of the IFC, I think we can all agree on a few things. The chapter, which deals specifically with construction fire safety, is thorough
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Arson Awareness Week 2021

April 26, 2021

Raymond O’Brocki April 26, 2021 The first week in May is always an important period for those of us working to educate and share best practices for preventing and reducing the number of intentionally set
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Can Wireless Alert Systems Save Lives, Property at Construction Site Fires?

March 16, 2021

Raymond O’Brocki March 16, 2021 Why Joseph Cervantes Believes the Time is Now for This New Technology In January, we hosted a webinar on fire safety and prevention, and our esteemed guests provided valuable and
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Fire Prevention Plans Critical to Preventing Construction Site Fires

February 12, 2021

Raymond O’Brocki February 12, 2021 I recently had the opportunity to moderate a webinar roundtable featuring three experts from the world of construction site fire safety. Our 90-minute conversation covered a range of topics, from
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New Fire Codes Aim to Prevent Construction Site Fires

January 04, 2021

January 4, 2021 The 2021 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) will include some new provisions intended to reduce the number of fires that flare up at construction sites across the country. Generally speaking, the changes
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Small Site Security Investments Can Save Big Losses from Arson

November 09, 2020

Raymond O’Brocki November 9, 2020 I continue to be amazed at the amount of intentionally set fires that are causing hundreds of millions of dollars of losses at high profile construction sites across the country.
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2019 in Review: Construction Fire Safety Coalition Highlights

December 19, 2019

Raymond O’Brocki December 19, 2019 As we conclude 2019 and look forward to 2020, we’re looking back on highlights from the Construction Fire Safety Coalition and the progress we’ve made throughout the year. We’ve shared
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Site Security and Fire Watch: 4 Steps to Safer Construction Sites

December 02, 2019

Raymond O’Brocki December 2, 2019 Despite the best technology and employee training, your construction site may still be vulnerable to fire hazard without proper security and fire watch. Site security and fire watch is intended
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Equipment Safety: Best Practices to Reduce Risk

November 18, 2019

Raymond O’Brocki November 18, 2019 Construction sites often require various equipment and tools to complete a project. Though necessary, these items can also be hazardous without with proper caution, maintenance, and training. Last month’s blog
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New Resource: 5 Keys to Practicing Hot Work Safely

September 03, 2019

September 3, 2019 Hot work is one of the leading causes of construction fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 4,440 structure fires each year result from hot work. Cutting, soldering,
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Commonsense Code Changes Keep Construction Sites Fire Safe

July 02, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager July 2, 2019 In January 2019, the governmental voting body of the International Code Council (ICC) approved changes to the International Fire Code (IFC), 2021 edition, that will aid in
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Upgrading the Fire Safety Measures on Construction Sites

June 04, 2019

CIOReview June 4, 2019 FREMONT, CA – Fire safety incidents are an everyday occurrence, with entire media reports dedicated to the failure to implement sufficient safety measures. The increase in the number of fire safety
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LA City Construction Fire Safety Meeting

June 03, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager June 3, 2019 Last month, Ray O’Brocki, Fire Service Relations Manager for the AWC, participated in City of Los Angeles “Fire Safety During Construction” meeting. The purpose of
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Identifying Construction Fire Risk Begins with 5 Questions

May 22, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager May 22, 2019 In March, we covered the fire vulnerability of buildings under construction and renovation. This month, we recognize that the key to preventing construction fires is
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How to Develop a Fire Safety Plan Steps for Fire Safety

May 22, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager May 22, 2019 Regardless of materials and construction type, each building comes with potential fire hazards – hot work, electronic devices, and more, contribute to greater fire risk
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Construction Fire Safety Training for Maine Building and Fire Inspectors

May 20, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager May 20, 2019 AWC’s Ray O’Brocki presented two training sessions to building and fire inspectors at the Maine Building Officials & Inspectors Association 10th Annual Maine Code Conference.
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The National Association of State Fire Marshals Publish Definitive Manual on Construction Fire Safety

April 26, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager Apr 26, 2019 NFPA reports that the U.S. fire service responds to an average of 8,440 fires on structures under construction, undergoing major renovation, or under demolition each
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2021 Code Cycle: New Construction Types, New Fire Safety Guidance

April 01, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager Apr 1, 2019 The International Code Council (ICC) has published the final results of the code change proposals considered in 2018, including passage of the entire package of 14
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Construction Fire Safety Coalition Report

March 19, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager Mar 19, 2019 More than 100 fire protection engineers and code officials in two states obtained fire safety during construction training in the second week of March from
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Fire Prevention at Buildings Under Renovation or Construction

March 19, 2019

U.S. Fire Administration Mar 19, 2019 Buildings under construction or renovation are at their most vulnerable and weakest condition. Accumulation of waste combustibles, limited access, minimal water supply and hazardous operations increase the challenge. Add
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A Moment of Reflection: Construction Fire Safety in 2018

February 14, 2019

Ray O’Brocki, CFSC Fire Service Relations Manager Feb 14, 2019 2018 marked significant progress for the Construction Fire Safety Coalition, all to ensure our stakeholders have the right information to do their jobs, and to
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