On Monday, there was a two-alarm fire at the Potter Street building, started when an HVAC contractor’s work ignited roofing insulation materials. Occupants evacuated quickly and safely. The event serves as a refresher on Lab safety and evacuation protocol.
• Employees eventually did go home as a result of the fire, so collect personal items, providing it doesn’t delay you, in case you can’t re-enter.
• The Building Manager and Building Emergency Team members preformed a “sweep” of the building on two separate occasions, ensuring employees vacated after retrieving personal belongings.
• This incident was related to work performed by a contractor for the landlord, but the Lab has its own hot work permit for any operation that produces flames, sparks, or heat, such as welding, grinding, thawing pipe, hot riveting, and BBQ’s.