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Fire Suppression Systems

March 28, 2018

Fire Suppression Systems When you enter a condominium or commercial building you will often see wet sprinkler heads located in the walls or hanging from the ceiling. These water...

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Motor Vehicle Fires vs Structure Fires

October 23, 2017

Many fire investigators prefer to only do structure fire origin and cause investigations.  They tend to shy away from or sometimes flat out refuse to do investigations...

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Fire Investigation - Art or Science?

September 22, 2017

Fire investigation has been around for a long time. The destructive nature of fire, and the frequency with which it strikes, makes it a hot topic among insurance professionals, and determining liability, a top priority....

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After the Fact

October 17, 2016

When undertaking a fire investigation, it is beneficial for a forensic expert to be on scene first-hand to clearly document the conditions at the scene and collect any and all existing...

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Fighting a Fire

August 17, 2016

Should a fire ever start, before grabbing the fire extinguisher here are some vital things you need to do first: •    First call the fire department...

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Burning Down the House - Dangers of Blown-in Insulation

December 18, 2015

Blown-in, or cellulose, insulation consists of shredded newspaper, cardboard, cotton, or other recycled paper fibers that have been chemically treated with fire retardant and used in attics...

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October 19, 2015

Fire investigators often enquire about recent modifications, installations, or additions to the premise when attempting to determine the cause and origin of...

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Are The Creative Life Hacks You See Online Really Safe?

June 26, 2015

We’ve all seen the memes online: If you’re out of this, use that instead. But, are the replacements safe? Natalie Campbell, P.Eng., our in house Electrical Expert weighs in:...

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Origin and Cause vs Cause and Origin

October 15, 2014

Order Matters   At the root of all fire investigations is the question, what caused the fire? Certified fire investigators combine their...

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Thanksgiving Fires

October 10, 2014

It is hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is the #1 day of the year for cooking related fires, according to The number of fires is almost triple the...

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Pyrolysis Can Cause Fires… And Provide Avenues for Subrogation

October 07, 2014

Everyone can picture that clichéd holiday dinner disaster with Grandma running from the oven holding a flaming turkey and then tossing it outside as a smoky haze lingers.  “Pyrolysis”...

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The First 72 Hours

May 20, 2014

A fire starts in a section of a warehouse and eventually destroys the entire structure and contents. The owner of the building is not one of the tenants and...

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Safe Christmas

December 19, 2013

Christmas is next week!  Some people will go away to get away from family, and some will stay close to home to be with family.  Regardless of your circumstance,...

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Getting Smart About Smart Meters

November 14, 2013

What are Smart meters and why should we care? Smart meters are electrical meters that are used to communicate electrical energy use back to the utilities. ...

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Fire Safety

May 14, 2013

CBC recently called to talk to Mark Hughes, Sintra’s President and principle engineer, about the issue of fire safety, how to protect your home, and the importance of planning in protecting your family in case of...

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Start the New Year Safely by Putting Away Those Christmas Lights

January 29, 2013

The Christmas season is a cherished time of year for many of us and a valued opportunity to gather and celebrate with family and friends. Decorating...

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Fire Extinguishers 101

September 24, 2012

Just about everyone knows that having a fire extinguisher readily accessible is a good idea, but do you know how to choose the right one and how to use it correctly? ...

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Dry Sprinklers - Turning Air into Water

July 06, 2012

We live in a cold climate. As a consequence, we have an unusual feature of construction not seen in southern climates – dry sprinkler systems. Fire investigators and adjusters have to deal with the...

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Cable Ampacity & Thermal Insulation: A potential Fire Starter

January 09, 2012

Electrical Line Magazine, a bi-monthly electrical trade publication presents a case study by Forensic Engineers Carly Cooke, Natalie Campbell and Matthew Oliver involving a fire in a commercial building...

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Slave Lake fire damage $700M

July 07, 2011

The wildfire that ripped through Slave Lake in May caused more than $700 million in damages, making it the second-costliest insured disaster in Canadian history, the Insurance Bureau of Canada says. The most...

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Northern Alberta Town Engulfed by Wild Fires

May 16, 2011

Nearly half of a northern Alberta town has been destroyed or damaged by wildfires, reports the Roughly 40% of the town of Slave Lake, about 200 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, was damaged or...

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