The fire guard should evaluate the risk of the impairment situation as the risk may be affected by the following:
The level of hazardous materials
Flammable liquids are more dangerous than combustible liquids.
Flammable compressed gas (acetylene or propane) are more dangerous than non-flammable compressed gas
The amount of hazardous material
The maximum quantity of aerosol products in a retail display purpose may be 10,000 pounds for the ground level area. It may be as much as 24,000 pounds per floor in a warehouse.
The number of occupants in the affected area
It is more difficult to evacuate 1,000 people at a party than 10 people in a warehouse. The occupants familiarity with the building
The customers in a restaurant may need more assistance in finding the exit than residents in their own apartment
The children in daycare facilities may need more assistance in evacuation than adults in a department store
The number of impaired fire protection systems in the building
If a building has both an out of service sprinkler system and fire alarm system, the risk to building occupants is greater than if only one system is impaired
NYCTBM, INC. A Fireguard Company Please note: This material is information contained in the F-01 (City-Wide Fire Guard for Impairment) study guide