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More Than 30 Injured in Texas Refinery Plant Explosion | Corona, CA

More Than 30 Injured in Texas Refinery Plant Explosion

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California

The city of Baytown says that Irving-based Exxon Mobil has requested some nearby residents shelter in place as a precaution.

More than 30 people were injured in an explosion and subsequent fire at refinery plant fire near Houston, officials said.

The fire, which is burning polypropylene materials, started Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil Baytown Olefins plant, located about 25 miles east of Houston.

The city of Baytown says the fire is in an area that contains polypropylene material and that Irving-based Exxon Mobil has requested some nearby residents shelter in place as a precaution. Baytown city officials said three people suffered injuries and drove themselves to a hospital, according to Houston NBC affiliate KPRC.

Exxon Mobil issued the following written statement about the fire:

“A fire has occurred at the Baytown Olefins Plant. Our fire teams are working to extinguish the fire. We are conducting personnel accounting. Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the surrounding community. As a precaution, our Industrial Hygiene staff is conducting air quality monitoring at the site and fence line. We are cooperating with regulatory agencies. We deeply regret any disruption or inconvenience that this incident may have caused the community.”

The area has seen large fires this year involving other petrochemical companies, too.

In April, one worker died after a tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire in Crosby. And in March, a fire burned for days at a petrochemical storage facility in nearby Deer Park.

For more information about fire updates, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Fighting Fire with Fire: Ventura County Crews Use Controlled Burns to Prevent Wildfires | Corona, CA

Jeremy Childs, Ventura County Star Published 1:54 p.m. PT May 30, 2019 | Updated 10:05 a.m. PT May 31, 2019

A new study backs up what Ventura County firefighters already knew: A controlled blaze at a time and place of their choosing can prevent a disaster later. With that in mind, local firefighters became fire starters when they conducted their first controlled burn of the year to get rid of built-up vegetation that can fuel a brush blaze into a monster wildfire.

Controlled burns like Wednesday’s – which cleared at least seven acres of tall grass on a ranch in Hidden Valley – can also revitalize soil and give trainees the skills to battle wildfires. Yet despite their effectiveness, a study concluded not enough controlled burns are taking place in the western U.S. to keep wildfires from raging out of control.

The study by University of Idaho researcher Crystal A. Kolden laid the blame mostly on federal agencies that control large amounts of land in the West.

But Kolden conceded that the agencies’ resources are also consumed by firefighting instead of prevention and that they’re dealing with a public that’s more fearful of controlled burns in the western U.S. than elsewhere. Public concerns include excessive smoke and flames getting out of control.

Even if federal agencies seem reluctant to conduct controlled burns, state and local agencies aren’t, the study found.

“Whenever we have to opportunity to do them, we do them,” said Capt. Brian McGrath, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.

He said his agency is committed to using controlled burns to prevent wildfires, a sentiment echoed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said the state has stepped up its prevention efforts after a series of major wildfire seasons that included Ventura County’s Thomas, Woolsey and Hill fires. “The idea behind it is to provide for the safety and protection of property and bring our forests and lands back to resiliency,” McLean said, noting that the recent drought has increased the amount of dry vegetation that fuels wildfires.

‘We have a lot of work ahead of us’

Tasked by Gov. Gavin Newsom with identifying the top 35 areas where fuel-reduction efforts are needed, Cal Fire has come up with about 90,000 acres of land to target. As of early May, Cal Fire had burned 10,518 acres this year, according to McLean, a number that’s grown in the past 30 days.

The state has increased funding for the efforts, letting Cal Fire dedicate six hand crews to thinning wildfire fuel, and has sent 110 National Guard troops to help for six months.

Cal Fire has also performed about 100,000 inspections of defensible spaces this year, and aims to complete 250,000 through December. Despite the doubled-down efforts, McLean cautioned against thinking the problem is taken care of with extra money and resources. “We have a lot of work ahead of us for quite some time,” he said.

The burden in California may be on Cal Fire and local agencies.

Kolden’s study, published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Fire, showed that in places where controlled burns have increased in the past two decades, they’ve mostly been conducted by state or local agencies. In the same period, controlled burns by federal agencies shrank from more than 90% of burns to less than 30%.

Kolden found that from 1998 to 2018, controlled burns grew in acreage by 5% per year throughout the U.S., although there was a 2.3% decrease in Southern California. Kolden found 70% of all controlled burns and 98% of the increase was in the southeastern U.S., which Kolden said could be why that region has seen fewer recent wildfire disasters than the western U.S.

‘There’s a lot to take into account’

While the Ventura County Fire Department may be sold on the idea, conducting controlled burns is easier said than done, according to McGrath. Choosing the location alone can be complicated. “You have to take into consideration the impact on wildlife, water runoff, the type of fuel,” McGrath said. “There’s a lot to take into account.”

The jurisdiction of the land can also play a huge role, as state or federal land is more highly regulated than county or privately-owned land.

“It’s a lot easier to do on private property,” McGrath said. “We’re under the same protocol as an agriculture company burning their crops.”

Even with a location picked out, unexpected factors such as high temperatures or gusty winds can delay controlled burns. McGrath said his agency works closely with the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District to determine the best days to perform burns.

But Mother Nature sometimes beats firefighters to the punch.

“We had a half dozen scheduled, and the Thomas Fire took them all out,” McGrath said.

Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter covering the night shift for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or emailing jeremy.childs@vcstar.com.

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Kick Off the Summer Safely | Corona, CA

There is nothing more enjoyable than a three-day weekend, unless it’s a three-day weekend in the warmer months. And the kickoff to these summertime festivities is Memorial Day weekend. And it doesn’t matter if you celebrate with a camping trip or just a simple BBQ at home, fun in the sun is the main objective. Unfortunately, with these hot days and warm nights comes outdoor activities and fires, so it is important to keep fire safety in mind while you are grilling those hot dogs and burgers. So, keep these tips in mind at your next summertime event and enjoy your long weekend safely:

Keep water close. Any time there is fire present, keeping a bucket of water within reach will save a lot of time and damages in your bonfire or nearby debris happens to catch on fire.

Carefully choose your location. If you plan on having a BBQ or a firepit, make sure to inspect the surrounding areas for anything that could possible catch on fire. Embers have a tendency to fly away, so a clear area is best.

Clean your grill. Grease fires are some of the worst fires and BBQ grills tend to have lots of grease build-up collecting in the crevices and grills. Make sure to keep your grills clean before every warm season.

Put out the flames. Make sure to extinguish all sources of fire before going to bed or leaving the area. Prevention is key to fire safety so throw some water or sand on top of your fiery fun so nothing happens to the area while you aren’t looking.

For more information about summer fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Fire investigators Inspect Properties as Wildfire Season Nears | Corona, CA

By Dale Yurong Updated 2 hours ago

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Cal Fire crews and California National Guard troops continue work on a fuel reduction project in the Prather area. It’s designed to create fuel breaks and help keep foothill and mountain residents safe. But homeowners like Wayne Wilhelm are also doing their part. The 71-year-old knows how dangerous wildfires can be.

“I did not want my house to be one of those that get burnt like Paradise and things like that,” he said. “I feel like my house in a fire would probably survive the situation.”

Cal Fire inspectors have been out educating people on the need to clear 100 feet of defensible space around their home. Weeds, grass, even rubbish can pose a potential fire threat and allow flames to spread quickly.

“A lot of times with wildfires there’s high winds and there’s embers blown around by the fire,” said Seth Brown. “We want people to make their home hardened so an ember doesn’t get into a tight space or into a hole, an eave, into the attic.”

Tulare County Fire crews begin their inspections May 1, but Cal Fire inspectors have been visiting homeowners for a few months now.

Wilhelm’s fire season preparation is seen as ideal though he knows many people in the foothills have some catching up to do.

“I have a neighbor next door to me who has a lot of brush, a lot of stuff on his property,” he said. “I’ve commented to him he needs to clean it up even though he physically can’t do it himself, he can hire people to do it.”

Firefighters recommend you do outdoor property maintenance before 10 a.m. before it warms up and not do the work when it’s windy.

As we’ve seen in past years, rocks hitting metal blades can cause sparks which lead to a fire.

For more information about fire season preparations, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Prepare for a Malfunction | Corona, CA

fire sprinklersWe all assume that if we have fire protection, it will work when the time comes to use it. Whether it be something simple like a fire extinguisher or as elaborate as a customized fire suppression system, these tools are things we need to rely on when a fire breaks out. If it doesn’t, the result can be a disaster.

It’s important to note that simply installing a suppression system is only one step in staying safe. Fire suppression systems are often complex pieces of engineering, and they require care, testing, and maintenance in order to remain functional.

The type of system installed, and the nature of the building it is protecting, will determine how often it must be inspected, how often it should be tested, and what type of labor will be required on the system over time. A skilled system designer, such as CJ Suppression, will not only design the system, but can also assist you in establishing and meeting the maintenance and inspection requirements in order to keep your system functioning properly so that if a fire were to occur, lives and property can be saved.

The exact maintenance regime needed depends on the suppression system and use case. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has guidelines not only for the types of systems that should be used in various settings, but also for the ongoing maintenance of those systems for proper compliance and safety purposes.

To ensure their reliability, fire systems must be inspected, tested and maintained. CJ Suppression Services’ qualified and experienced staff stands ready to provide fire protection service and maintenance that will keep your fire protection systems reliable and code compliant.

For more information about fire suppression maintenance, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Keep Your Home Safe from Winter Fires | Corona, CA

During these chilly winter months outside, we do our best to keep ourselves nice and warm inside. This entails a lot of ways to warm our homes. The problem is, there can be cause for alarm if you do not take the proper precautions in order to keep your and your family fire safe. The following is a list of ways you can protect your home and your loved ones while you stay toasty warm this winter.

  • Have your furnace checked. It’s worth the money to hire a professional to inspect and service your furnace once a year.
  • Have your chimneys and vents checked. If you light fires frequently, you need a chimney sweep service once a year.
  • Test smoke alarms and make sure batteries are fresh.
  • Cover the fireplace with a screen. Tempered glass or a metal screen helps protect sparks from leaving the fireplace.
  • Beware of lit candles. Light candles only when you’re around to watch them and blow them out when you’re ready to leave the room.
  • Beware of space heaters. Don’t put space heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other fluttering fabrics. Buy space heaters with automatic shut-offs before they reach dangerous temperatures.
  • Know how to put out kitchen fires quickly. Keep salt and lids for pans handy to smother a flame.
  • Practice an escape route. Learn how to drop and roll if their clothes were ever to catch on fire.
  • Store a fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink, and in the hall closet near bedrooms.
  • Make sure all household members should know 911.

For more information about winter fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher | Corona, CA

fire extinguisher serviceIt is a scary situation when you find that you have started a small fire in your home. It can happen because of any number of reasons, but do you know what to do if it actually happened? Chances are, you have never really thought about it. You have a fire extinguisher in your house somewhere, but do you know how to use it? If a fire breaks out in your home, it is important that you know exactly how to use a fire extinguisher to the point that you feel you are safely able to fight it. Because only those trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers should consider using them when appropriate.

But if a fire does break out, call for help before attempting to extinguish any fire, regardless of the size. A fire may grow out of control more quickly than you anticipate. It is wise to have help on the way. It is also great to have a fire escape plan in place. It is the quickest way to stay calm during an emergency, but will also help calm the nerves of anyone you are with. Panic leads to mishaps. It’s important to stay calm and get out of danger in the most efficient way. Determine a safe evacuation path before approaching the fire. Do not allow the fire, heat or smoke to come between you and your evacuation path.

When reaching for a fire extinguisher, attack the fire using the PASS Method:

Pull the pin. By pulling the pin, the operating lever should unlock and allow you to discharge the extinguisher.

Aim low. Pointing the extinguisher hose/nozzle at the base of the fire will make it dissipate quicker.

Squeeze the lever. This should discharge the extinguishing agent. Some extinguishers may have a button or other means of activation. Become familiar with your equipment prior to an emergency.

Sweep from side to side. While you are aiming at the base of the fire, you should sweep back and forth until the fire is extinguished. If it starts up again, start over and do it again.

Some added tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep your back to an exit so that there is a viable means of retreating from the fire.
  • Stand at least 8 feet from the fire and begin PASS.
  • If the fire does not extinguish immediately, leave the fire.
  • Have the fire department survey the area to ensure the fire has been extinguished and that there are not concealed areas where a fire could be smoldering.
  • If an extinguisher is used (even partially), it needs to be recharged or replaced.

Keep your extinguisher regularly checked to make sure it is in working order, the pressure is at the recommended level, and not located where it is blocked by furniture, doors or anything that may limit access during an emergency.

Fire protection is very serious, so be sure to take every step you can to protect yourself and your property. If you would like to learn more about fire prevention and protection, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com for additional information.

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How and Why Fire Sprinklers Save Lives | Fire Suppression Services

Fire Sprinkler
Fire Sprinkler

It seems like almost every day you hear of another deadly fire incident happening somewhere. It can be caused by faulty wiring, an unfortunate kitchen accident, an act of nature or simply the result of carelessness. And, regardless of what caused it, almost everyone can agree with the fact that house fires are on top of the list of any homeowner’s list of possible nightmare scenarios.

Yet, despite how dangerous house fires are, there’s one thing that could have made such accidents less disastrous and that’s if fire sprinkler systems were present and working.

The Difference Fire Sprinklers Make

In the United States alone, about 2,600 people die each year due to home fires. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the use of smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems reduce the risk of death by as much as 82%.

Loss of life aside, it doesn’t take any kind of research and statistics to say that house fires cause immense damage to  properties. But, again, the presence of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems cut down the damage many times over, from an average of $45,000 for homes with no sprinkler systems to $2,166 in those with sprinkler systems, according to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

Why Fire Sprinklers Still Have Not Caught On

Despite the glaring and somewhat obvious evidence of how sprinkler systems can actually save lives, many homeowners still do not believe in having their houses fitted for such sprinkler systems.

For one, there are those that believe the sprinkler systems can actually cause much more damage than the fire itself. This belief may have started due to a number of reasons, mainly due to the fear of the sprinklers leaking or going off accidentally, causing water damage. While such fears are warranted, they’re not exactly true, as all sprinklers are tested during and after installation. Also, not all sprinkler heads go off in case of fires. Most of the time, just one sprinkler head is enough to contain fires.

Another likely reason why even the most safety-conscious homeowners shy away from sprinkler systems is because of the perceived aesthetic and financial issues. Both misconceptions are slowly becoming less of an issue as fire sprinkler systems have become more available, cheaper and less conspicuous.

Why You Should Have Fire Sprinklers Installed In Your Home

Besides the fact that sprinklers save lives, most insurance companies offer generous discounts for homes fitted with fire sprinkler systems. Also, sprinklers may allow homeowners to qualify for a tax rebate. The resale and appraisal value of the home also goes up because of the sprinkler systems, which is good for those who’re looking to prepare for selling their house someday, or those who simply want to qualify for bigger loans down the line.

Certain communities around the globe also have started to require new homes to be fitted with sprinkler systems, and it’s only a matter of time before sprinklers become mandated in most communities.

With fire sprinkler systems, you are not only potentially saving your life and those of your family, but also you end up saving more money in more ways than one. And, when both things are considered, there’s really no reason NOT to have a sprinkler system installed in your lovely home.

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Variety of Fire Suppression Tools | Fire Suppression Services

carbon-dioxideMany people hear the term ‘fire suppression’, and naturally think of certain environments – like electronics-filled datacenters, where traditional fire sprinklers not only only not effective, but potentially very damaging to the assets they’re meant to protect. However, fire suppression systems come in many different styles, and can be incredibly useful for a variety of industries.

Here are some examples:

– In kitchen environments, wet chemicals such as potassium carbonate are often used
– In areas with high volumes of flammable liquids, many suppression systems tend to use foams, such as custom detergents or polysaccharides,
– In areas that are sensitive to liquid damage, such as datacenters, medical offices, and libraries, peptafluoropropane (a colorless halocarbon gas) can suppress fire without damaging paper or electronics
– In areas with explosive fluids, such as gasoline, solvents, or propane, dry chemical suppressants are often used, such as sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate, or Monnex (potassium allophananate)
– In areas that are unoccupied, such as transformer vaults and electrical containment rooms, carbon dioxide may be used
– Finally, in places where ordinary substances need to be protected, simple water or water mist may be used.

There are a wide variety of fire suppression systems, and knowing which to use is difficult. There are a number of different federal, state and local codes to follow, and industry best practices to consider when designing, installing, and maintaining your fire suppression system, so consulting with an expert is vital to complying with the law and maintaining a safe environment for both people and assets.

For more information about fire suppression services call CJ Suppression in Corona, CA at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com.

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When Suppression Systems Go Awry! | Fire Suppression Services

carbon-dioxideUsually when a suppression system malfunctions or does not deploy when needed can be a disaster. Fortunately this time the malfunction was quite amusing! While we’re sure the business owner was unamused, with no environmental or safety hazards to worry about, the scene, as seen in the video below, was quite the site!

“Peel Regional Police were called to Vedeete Drive in the Derry and Airport Roads area Saturday morning for traffic control after concerns fire retardant foam leaking from an airport hangar could spill onto the roadway.

Police were called to the scene at about 8:40 a.m. to assist with traffic, but found the large body of foam was mostly contained on airport property and not threatening to interfere with traffic on the main roads.

According to a Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) spokesperson, the chemical was leaking from the fire suppression system in an Air Transat hangar. The white, fluffy-looking foam floating out of the airport property hangar had no “environmental impact and no impact to commercial schedules,” the GTAA said.

Click the Link to see a Video of the ‘Foam Wonderland’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqLQiZWleDA

Air Transat confirmed there was no fire in the hangar, which was empty at the time. “The situation is under investigation. We don’t know at this time what happened,” Air Transat Spokesperson Debbie Cabana said Saturday morning.

Cabana did not know how much of the chemical was released by the fire suppression system, but said it posed no environmental or safety threat. “Since it’s foam, this will become liquid in a few hours, so there’s no action taken at this point to remove it because it’s just going to become liquid a remove by itself,” she said(Source:mississauga.com).”

To ensure their reliability, fire systems must be inspected, tested and maintained. CJ Supression Services qualified and experienced staff stands ready to provide fire protection service and maintenance that will keep your fire protection systems reliable and code compliant.

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