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Stricter Fire Codes May Come to Wayne, New Jersey

The specifics of fire codes vary from state to state and even county to county, meaning some areas of the country are much safer than others when it comes to fires. Unfortunately, often stricter fire codes are put into place after an incident causes people to rethink the current standards. That may be what’s about to happen in Wayne Township in New Jersey after an apartment fire caused massive amounts of property damage.

In the town of Edgewater, a fire destroyed much of the Avalon Bay apartment complex. This building had more than 400 apartments inside, meaning that hundreds and thousands of people could be inside at any moment. Now, several members of the township’s council are rethinking local fire codes in order to prevent similar events In the future.

Some of the specific details of the code that the council would like to see changed include requiring more inspections after a building is constructed. In addition, they would like to have buildings inspected annually by a third party, who would then relay their findings to the township.

While some or all of these changes may not be implemented, it is always encouraging to see a town discuss issues of fire safety and work to improve them. It’s unfortunate that sometimes a tragic event has to offer first, but at least officials in the town are trying to do something about it. For more news and updates about fire safety from around the country, keep checking back with our blog!

At Agosti & Associates we provide consulting and expert witness services in the areas of Fire/Explosion Investigations; Fire and Building Codes; and Fire Department Operations and Procedures.

Source: http://www.northjersey.com/news/council-reexamining-fire-codes-for-wayne-buildings-1.1315629

Assistance with an Investigation Involving Any Type of Gas Leak That Led to a Fire or Explosion

Late last month, a building explosion in New York City killed two people and injured dozens more. The explosion ended up leveling three different buildings. But what was the cause of this tragedy? While the investigation is still ongoing, it appears that a gas leak was behind everything. Months ago, residents of the building said… Continue Reading

A Look at Des Moines’ Fire Code

In many cases fires are isolated incidents that involve either fool play or a tragic accident. However, when multiple fires break out in the same city over a short period of time, it may be worth it to take a closer look. That’s what some people are doing after a massive fire destroyed most of… Continue Reading

Marijuana Legalization Leads to New Fire Codes

Fire codes are an important part of fire safety for both home and business owners, and new laws continually affect these regulations and how they are implemented. Recently, marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Colorado, which led to several new challenges for the Denver Fire Department. And while the drug is legal at a… Continue Reading

Firefighters Deal with Massive Icicles in Boston

At John Michael Agosti & Associates, we’re always on the lookout for interesting and noteworthy stories involving firefighters. But recently in Boston, the city’s fire department was called upon to deal with something a little colder than your average fire. Yes, instead of putting out a fire, the department was tasked with getting rid of… Continue Reading

Arson Still a Huge Problem in Detroit

Recently, The Detroit News researched the amount of arson cases that took place in the Detroit area between 2010 and 2013. While the results don’t include incidents of arson that happened in the last year, the study still provides a pretty accurate look at the current situation in the city. Reporters for the paper found… Continue Reading