NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Is the term "accident" acceptable, or should "incident" always be used?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Alert warns firefighters of risks associated with empty buildings

    July 8, 2010

    Tags
    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    A NIOSH alert released July 7 outlines several risk management strategies for preventing firefighter deaths and injuries in fires at unoccupied structures.

    According to the alert (.pdf file), abandoned or vacant structures pose unique risks because firefighters are likely to encounter unexpected and unsafe conditions, such as dilapidation, decay, damage from previous fires and vandals, and uncertain occupancy status.

    Among NIOSH's recommendations to fire departments:

    • Develop and enforce risk management plans.
    • Inspect and preplan buildings within a department's jurisdiction.
    • Adopt and enforce a standard system of marking abandoned, derelict and vacant buildings.


    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.