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    Hey, guys just wondering if anyone lives in a city that marks buildings with hazards that would be of intrest to our profession. If so explain how and using what symbols for hazards. Here our companys go out and do "Target Hazards" but after that we get no info on dispatch, so its up to coffee talk to keep up on local hazards in the structures we make, would be nice to have buildings marked so when detailed across town its a standard marking code.... thanks, Brother's
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  • #2
    If you mean commercial hazards, did you try the NFPA 704 marking system. 4 quadrants. Health hazards(blue), fire hazards(red), reactivity(yellow), and special hazards (white). This is a scale of 0 to 4. 0 means no risk, 4 means great risk.

    Check wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFPA_704

    or a good haz-mat book will have it in there.
    Last edited by resqb; 01-08-2007, 09:06 AM.
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    • #3
      Below is our marking system using lime colored paint:

      Vacant with normal stability and little or no hazard:

      -----------------------------------------------------

      Vacant with holes or openings but structurally stable.

      -----------------------------------------------------------

      Vacant with structural damage (exterior ops indicated)

      ---------------------------------------------------------
      Any of the above can have the letters "RO" (Roof Opened) included to indicate openings in the roof.




      Note: the "RO" is painted on the plywood. This is incorrect marking because once the plywood has been removed the markings are no longer visible. Also, the boxes should be put high enough to avoid being covered with graffitti. Our standard boxe size is 18"x18" and many companies carry the paint and a template on their rig.

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      • #4
        We also use the painted square. In addition to the "RO", we'll put FO...( Floor Open ) to indicate holes in the floor. I'm sure you also use it Loo. Something else we "borrowed" and took across the river.

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        • #5
          Thanks

          Originally posted by E229Lt View Post
          Below is our marking system using lime colored paint:

          Vacant with normal stability and little or no hazard:

          -----------------------------------------------------

          Vacant with holes or openings but structurally stable.

          -----------------------------------------------------------

          Vacant with structural damage (exterior ops indicated)

          ---------------------------------------------------------
          Any of the above can have the letters "RO" (Roof Opened) included to indicate openings in the roof.




          Note: the "RO" is painted on the plywood. This is incorrect marking because once the plywood has been removed the markings are no longer visible. Also, the boxes should be put high enough to avoid being covered with graffitti. Our standard boxe size is 18"x18" and many companies carry the paint and a template on their rig.
          Thanks brothers, thats a simple way to mark a building, if you dont mind me askin, who's job is it to mark these buildings?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by JoshWebb View Post
            Thanks brothers, thats a simple way to mark a building, if you dont mind me askin, who's job is it to mark these buildings?
            Any firefighter who comes across it, but usually the Administrative fire company on inspection.

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            • #7
              Here is your link. Scroll down to pages 23-26.

              http://www.firescope.org/ics-big-fog...0-1Chptr15.pdf

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              • #8
                Keep in mind vacants aren't weather tight so they're rotting away on the inside. A building marked with a simple "square" may have experienced rotting of floors and stairs since the last time someone from the FD was inside. If there's a " RO ", every time it rains there's water damage getting a bit worse inside. Use markings as a guide and keep your eyes open.

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