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Merry Christmas, Does the North Pole Meet Code?

So it’s Christmas Day and I wondered who conducts inspections at the North Pole (yes these are the things I think about).  I started to wonder aren’t the elves employed by the Big Jolly Red Man and if so does it create a conflict of interest?  Do they tell you its the busy time of year and well come back December 27?

So use your imagination and write your code violation in the comments below.  Will it be presents blocking the exit, overcrowding in the the elf inn, or possibly snow blocking an exit.  Make it funny and timely for the holiday season.

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{ 14 comments… add one }

  • Robert Allard December 25, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all, the elves are very careful not to break any Fire Codes as they are all very handi and stay with-in code, yea right

  • Michael O'Brian December 26, 2010, 12:10 pm

    Robert, Merry Christmas to you too, I am sure that the elves would not put themselves in danger… maybe management. I was going to write it up as in proper fuel storage in the reindeer barn or require the use of a flammable liquids cabinet.

  • Freddie M. Bell December 26, 2010, 2:20 pm

    My theoretical finding would be insufficient emergency exit corridor width and/or insufficient emergency exit width. I’m sure the elves would argue a 48 inch wide (or larger) path is “way too much” for elves.

  • Michael O'Brian December 26, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Freddie well put what about handrail height, or height of the pull station?

  • Capt.Tracy Hogue December 26, 2010, 10:56 pm

    Hopefully the North Pole Fire Dept. is not experiencing budget problems like numerous fire departments and they had to place the inspectors back on truck/shift work. Lets look forward to a prosperous 2011 and getting some inspection bureaus back where they are needed to keep our communities safe.
    Happy New Year!!

  • Dorothy Priolo (@Dorie93950) December 27, 2010, 12:13 am

    Let’s make sure the elves’ workshop and warehouse comply with high-piled storage requirements between Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve, their busiest time. They’d love to have the inspection Dec. 27 cuz all the Class A plastics stored within 18″ of the overhead sprinklers are GONE!
    And, I’d love to see the MSDS for Rudolph’s shiny red nose. :-)
    May all of our fire prevention colleagues out there have loads of clarity this new year as we enter into a new code cycle!

  • Val December 27, 2010, 1:31 am

    OK so I guess we aren’t supposed to talk about the mandatory OT the elves are doing to get those last minute good kids toys out right? Then the reindeer’s do one 24 hour shift? How did that work in the contract? weird lmbo

  • Aaron December 27, 2010, 8:46 am

    My concern is the height of the fire extinguishers. We always use a rule of thumb of imagining if someone in a wheelchair were needing to access it. In this case though we cannot since the elves are more “vertically” challenged. What about the storage of the sleigh? How much fuel is in the sleigh during storage?

  • Michael O'Brian December 27, 2010, 10:21 am

    Capt how true is that. We are working on article that might challenge the business or leaders and show how important fire prevention and inspections are. Could it have helped in Charleston, Detroit, Chicago?

    Dorothy That is funny I am sure its something hazardous on ole Rudolph’s nose. Not only are the MSDS on file, can the employees get to them. Santa problablly wants them to use a computer or something instead of paper copies. I wonder if the elves walk around like the Apple store with Ipod touches that can do everything……

  • Don December 27, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Just because we did not read headlines about fire and/or injury at the North Pole does not necessarily mean all is well. Did Santa play his political card and claim the North Pole is not subject to fire and life safety inspections and codes because of all the good he does? Does he claim due to the workload, he and the elves have no time to be concerned with exits, fire extinguisher placement, making sure the alarm and fire sprinklers are in good working order (do they even have them), the combustible packaging materials are properly stored and disposed of in appropriate containers.

    For me, I believe Santa and the Elves are on our side, the North Pole is a “model” for fire safety and pro-active fire prevention strategies. After all, he is Santa.

    • Michael O'Brian December 27, 2010, 2:11 pm

      Don, I like your theory, Santa can’t afford down time so he goes above the minimum NP Code and ensures safety for all and he needs to be up all the time!

  • Major December 29, 2010, 8:32 pm

    “What do ya mean its a fire hazard!!?? We’ve been doing it this way for over 200 years!”

    You know that’s what you’d hear if you wrote a violation…

    Are violation writers notty or nice? (We are there for their safety right?)

    Upon my inspection of the North Pole I found several exits blocked by snow (They never use those doors anyway), a complete lack of emergency evacuation plans (because the elves have been working in the same buildings for over 100 years and claim they know how to get out!), No fire protection systems what-so-ever (They claim the buildings are grandfathered in…something about being built before any codes, and no change of use!).

    Same old excuses, different day!

    Happy New Year everyone.

  • Lt. Mike December 30, 2010, 10:45 am

    Major, what you forgot to mention was… the previous fire inspector didnt have a problem with this.

    Plus not to mention the propping of the fire doors in the open position to facilitate the easy movement between areas.
    Also if you look in the cafeteria, the kitches suppression system (if its there) hasn’t been inspected in like 2-5 years. And ofcourse the reply you would get is “we haven’t used it”

    And ofcourse they would not have pulled the permit or submitted plans for the 10,000 foot addition to the warehouse.

  • Phil McCormack January 11, 2011, 8:49 am

    I know it’s late but we need to consider a little leeway for the big guy. Consider the fact that they have never had a fire. We should give some credit for that. And when all you’re cooking is gingerbread cookies is a hood system really necessary? I would also consider that everything they do is for the kids so I’m sure safety is a high priority.

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