Firefighting

THE DANGERS OF CARBON MONOXIDE AT THE “ROUTINE FIRE”

Issue 2 and Volume 154.

Firefighters are well aware that smoke is the deadliest hazard at fires and that carbon monoxide (CO) is the deadliest component of smoke. In recent years, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire-Rescue has responded to two fires that emphasize the hazards of CO and the need to remain alert for this hazard, even at fires where conditions seem to be clear of visible products of combustion. INCIDENT NO. 1 This fire in rack storage in a sprinklered warehouse represents a “routine” fire. [Photo by Bill Gustin, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire-Rescue.] Click here to enlarge image At the first incident, my company responded, at 2 a.m., as a single unit to a report of a fire alarm’s ringing in a commercial occupancy. On arrival, a police officer told us he smelled paper burning. My size-up revealed a two-story office building, approximately 50 feet 2 200 feet, with an attached one-story warehouse of approximately 50,000 square…

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