NFPA Webinar - Modern Vehicle Hazards in Parking Garages and Vehicle Carriers
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Modern Vehicle Hazards in Parking Garages and Vehicle Carriers
Michael S. Klassen, P.E., Ph.D.
Presenters: Haavard R. Boehmer, P.E., MSc. (FPE), Michael S. Klassen, P.E., Ph.D.
Vehicles have changed significantly over the years. Modern vehicles present new hazards due to the incorporation of larger quantities of combustible materials (e.g., fuels, plastics, and synthetic materials) into their designs. As the popularity of alternative fuel vehicles has grown, concerns regarding their unique hazards, burn characteristics, and typical burn duration have been raised. Modern parking garages have optimized space requirements for vehicle parking and storage, and often implement automated retrieval features and car stacking, which also presents unique hazards. Thus, it raises the question: have the safety infrastructure of these parking structures and the safety of vehicle carriers (i.e., maritime vessels) kept pace? This presentation will provide an overview of how the hazards of modern vehicles have changed, along with a review of the applicability of the existing fire protection requirements to these new hazards.
This FPRF project is sponsored by the NFPA and SFPE Foundation.