101 Years Ago Today
Today marks 101 years since the deadliest fire in our hometown city, St. Louis. The quick-spreading fire killed 30 men and destroyed the seven-story Boatmen’s Bank building at Washington Avenue and Fourth Street. Boatmen’s Bank built the building in 1890 and had offices on the first floor. The rest of the building was occupied by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC), founded in 1903. The men’s club remodeled to house dining and meeting spaces, a gym and swimming pool, a Turkish bath, barber shop, bar, and an area of small sleeping rooms, all made of wood, for 97 members and guests on the fifth and sixth floors. Most of the victims of the fire were trapped there or died trying to escape. About 90 members, guests, and employees were in the building at the time of the fire, though the desk registry was destroyed so no one can be sure.
The purpose of fire inspections is to evaluate and minimize the risk of fires. In general, routine inspections are conducted on commercial, industrial, and apartment buildings to ensure that the appropriate fire safety requirements are being met. These inspections are vital for public safety. Fire inspectors usually inspect for some of the following:
- Alarm systems
- Sprinkler systems
- Fire extinguishers
- Building design and construction
- Fire emergency procedures and evacuation plans
Fire sprinkler designs aren’t always adequately prepared for freezing temperatures, be they wet or dry designs. Wet sprinklers especially need extra precaution for harsh winter months in St. Louis and the country. Proper precautions should be taken before cold weather, during cold weather, and during long periods of vacancy to prevent freeze failures in the pipes of fire sprinkler designs.
Preparing for Cold Weather
Wet and dry fire sprinkler designs require different preparations. AIE has helped multiple businesses prepare both wet and dry designs for cold weather in St. Louis and the country. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Fire Sprinklers from Freezing” »