Monthly Archives: August 2014

How to Use Ladders to Access Roofs Safely, by Firefighter Toolbox

How to Access Roofs during Fires, by Firefighter Toolbox

Photo courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

Last week, Lt. John Hayowyk, Jr. of the Passaic, NJ Fire Department posted the first of a three-part series at Firefighter Toolbox on how to use upwind adjacent buildings to access roofs. He continues that series this week with an article on how to use ladders safely while climbing up onto roofs. Read it now.

Firefighter Toolbox, “3 Ways To Access The Roof Quickly – Part 2

How to Access Roofs during Fires, by Firefighter Toolbox

How to Access Roofs during Fires, by Firefighter Toolbox

Photo courtesy of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC

We’ve posted a lot about roof ventilation here, including how to size up roofs, how to carry your saw and start it safelyhow to make safe ventilation cuts in flat roofs and peaked roofs, not to mention all the other things you can do on a roof. None of that’s going to do you any good, though, if you can’t get up to the roof.

This Firefighter Toolbox article – the first of a three-part series by Lt. John Hayowyk, Jr. of the Passaic, NJ Fire Department – tells you how to use upwind adjacent buildings to access the roofs of Type 3 or “ordinary” construction buildings. We’ll be following this series as Hayowyk covers roof access via ladders and fire escapes.

Tip o’ the hat to Christine Sarracino.

Firefighter Toolbox, “3 Ways To Access The Roof Quickly – Part 1

How to Control Dust when Cutting Concrete, by Concrete Network

How to Cut Safely with a Diamond Blade and Handheld Saw

Controlling respirable crystalline silica dust can prevent lung conditions like silicosis, COPD, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. The best way to do that, aside from wearing a respirator, is wet-cutting. However, wet-cutting has disadvantages: it’s messy and not suited for indoor cutting, not all saws are equipped for it, and cutting sites don’t always have access to water.

Using a vacuum to control dust is less preferable to wet-cutting, but it has the advantages of being easier to set up and clean up. This video from ConcreteNetwork.com showcases three kinds of vacuums, from Shop-Vac-type vacuums all the way to HEPA filter-equipped monsters. Watch it now, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

How to Force an Inward Swinging Metal Door with a Power Saw, by 2 Alarm Training

Need to force a metal door? Just attack the hinges with a power saw. Simple, right?

But what if there aren’t any hinges to cut? What if the door opens inward, or away from you?

The answer, according to 2 Alarm Training, is to attack the locks instead. The door that they use in this video has a knob-and-deadbolt combination, so their instructors cut off the knob first in order to get at the locks. Forcing this door took less than 50 seconds.

Watch this video now, and let us know what you think about it in the comments.