Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the concern for public safety has never been greater. Fire safety, however, should never be sacrificed due to social distancing concerns. But, as retail businesses, restaurants and entertainment venues across the nation begin to reopen, too often they are implementing coronavirus safety measures that have unintended consequences for fire and life safety. Telgian Engineering & Consulting Regional Practice Leader addresses these safety measures in her recent article “5 Steps to Incorporate Social Distancing Without Creating Fire Hazards” in Chain Store Age magazine.
In the piece, Musser explores crucial topics for facilities managers and business owners, from the awareness of sprinkler obstructions caused by newly implemented safety barriers, to the safe handling and storage of hand sanitizer, which is a flammable liquid and considered a hazardous material. Musser also discusses the need to maintain clear egress, despite prescribed walking “paths” in retail settings, as well as fire barriers and fire equipment readiness.
Musser, a certified professional engineer, has more than 15 years of experience in fire protection engineering and consulting, including code consulting and design. She has not only designed fire and life safety systems for numerous large commercial facilities, but has also managed fire safety projects across a wide range of market segments throughout the US and abroad.
In addition to her article “5 Steps to Incorporate Social Distancing Without Creating Fire Hazards” for Chain Store Age magazine, Musser is a sought-after author on building fires and their impact on fire and building codes. Recent examples include “5 Important Tasks for Reopening Buildings During COVID-19” in Buildings magazine, as well as “The Constantly Changing Landscape of Risk in Campus Environments” and “Integrating Fire Safety and Security Solutions in the Campus Environment” in Campus Security & Life Safety magazine.
Musser is also an in-demand fire protection industry speaker, and has presented at well-known conferences including the NFPA Annual Meeting and Conference, the Campus Fire Safety & Emergency Management Conference and the SFPE Southeast Annual Fire Safety Conference and Georgia Fire Safety Symposium.
To read the article “5 Steps to Incorporate Social Distancing Without Creating Fire Hazards” in its entirety, please visit Chain Store Age magazine.
About Telgian Engineering & Consulting (TEC)
A full-service global engineering and risk mitigation consulting firm specializing in complex, multi-discipline public and private sector projects, TEC provides professional services related to the protection of people, property, information and organizational mission against preventable losses. These include strategic / enterprise risk management, fire protection engineering, security, environmental health and safety, emergency management and operations continuity consulting, and construction administration services.
Since 1985, TEC professionals have worked hand-in-hand with clients such as architects, engineers, owners, developers, risk and facility management firms, construction teams and government agencies. The TEC team is dedicated to delivering value for clients through effective protection solutions that meet today’s evolving risk challenges.
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