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Furnace Safety Devices

Earlier this year, I was called to investigate a fire in an attic of a single story home. The fire damage was minimal, mostly related to smoke. The residence was occupied at the time of the fire, and the occupants turned the furnace electrical breaker off when they observed smoke coming out of the...

Post-Fire Structural Evaluations

EDT

Post-fire structural evaluation by a forensic engineer is necessary to determine the extent of damage, whether the structural components of a building involved in a fire remain adequate to meet their original design intent, and/or to consider repair or replacement options.

Can I Put an LED Bulb in a Fluorescent Light Fixture?

EDT

Many people have energy savings on their minds these days. With the advent of LED tubes as a drop-in replacement for fluorescent tubes, the return on investment for LED conversion can be very appealing; the fluorescent fixture can be reused, with only some minor rewiring. However, the differences...

Understanding Spontaneous Combustion

EDT

When discussing “spontaneous combustion,” the first thing many people think is the myth of spontaneous human combustion. While a myth, there is a similar, well-documented phenomenon in fire science that doesn’t involve humans. Considered a bit of a misnomer, “spontaneous combustion” is anything but...

Boiler Heating Systems, Malfunctions and Damages

EDT

Boilers have a long-standing and notable place in American history as seen from the versatility of applications that range from steam engines to power generation. In a nutshell, boilers provide a means to transfer one form of energy to another. Under controlled conditions, the transfer of energy...