There is a lot of technical information available about the temperature generated by incandescent light bulbs. In general terms the filament temperature inside an incandescent light bulb can exceed 2000 degrees Celsius. Considering the ignition temperature of paper is around 240 degrees Celsius and assuming oxygen for combustion is available the three components of the fire triangle are present so a fire could result.

We recently responded to a request for information about the frequency of fire safety inspections required in BC by the Fire Services Act. Our client mentioned that the Fire Commissioners Office said it was up to the local jurisdiction to determine what the frequency of inspections should be and that did not necessarily mean annually.

That interpretation is correct but perhaps the explanation did not go far enough. Historically the Fire Services Act dictated the frequency of inspection and provided for intervals as frequently as quarterly and extending to annually depending on the occupancy classification of the building. At the request of the Fire Chiefs Association of BC the Act was changed a number of years ago to remove the mandated frequency of inspections allowing this to be determined at the local level.

Witchcraft is often thought of as the use of magical powers, that witches are an agent of the devil and that witches use their powers to harm people and property. Witchcraft is one way of explaining human misfortune by a supernatural power or person in the community. Recently conclusions reached by fire investigators have been compared to witchcraft in that they are based on beliefs and myths that will not stand up to rigorous scientific scrutiny.


A fire department received a call to a fire in a building under construction.  They arrived and connected to a hydrant located in front of the building.  Unfortunately the hydrant, which was installed by the building owner, had not been connected to the water distribution system and was not in service at the time.  There was no visible indication on the hydrant that it was out of service.


Another hydrant was available near the building but was located under some overhead power lines.  The incident commander (IC) decided not to utilize this water supply due to the potential safety hazard of accidental contact with the power lines.  The power pole supporting the wire was on fire.

This weekend firefighters in Atlanta, Georgia went door-to-door in some of the city's low-income neighborhoods to replace free fire alarms that may be counterfeit.  The fire department unwittingly distributed 18,500 bogus photoelectric smoke alarms from 2006 through this month as part of the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program.

 Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran announced the recall of smoke alarms after his department received information from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) that the photoelectric smoke alarms they distributed bore counterfeit UL labels and were not compliant with UL's safety requirements for smoke alarms.

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