|Piers and boardwalks can present challenging fire hazards|
The New Jersey shore suffered tremendously during Hurricane Sandy. A subsequent fire at a boardwalk on September 13, 2013 destroyed approximately 50 businesses, delivering a devastating double blow to the local community.
Piers and boardwalks can present challenging fire hazards. Fire departments have difficulty accessing most piers and boardwalks, many piers and boardwalks are of combustible construction, and many have challenges associated with wind and limited water supplies. Additionally, many are of a historic nature, so fire protection measures must not damage historic fabric.
A recent article in Fire Protection Engineering magazine identifies the hazards associated with piers and boardwalks and the fire safety strategies that can be used. Written by John Ivison, a fire protection engineer with significant experience with designing fire safety for piers and boardwalks worldwide, the article identifies the increasing fire hazard associated with aging piers and boardwalks.
The article summarizes the approaches that can be used to improve fire safety for piers and boardwalks. The first step is to identify the necessary water supply, and provide upgrades as needed. Then, suppression systems can be design as needed. As noted in the article, “professional designers use a combination of techniques to integrate the system with the building architecture to provide a fire protection system that is not obtrusive.”
For more information, see the complete article at http://goo.gl/Y6iu34.