Concern: Running Brook Elementary School: June 16th, 2022 (CXRBES2022000225)

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A dry powder fire extinguisher was discharged to extinguish an oven fire.
IEQ Investigation Process

Identify deficiencies that may impact IEQ and/or sources of odor concerns. Typically includes the following depending on the nature of concern, but not limited to:

  • interview/questionnaire of concern individual(s)
  • inspection above drop ceiling (condition of roof deck, pipe insulation, return air plenum)
  • inspection of ventilation system (operation of variable air volume box and outdoor air dampers, check controls, measurements of carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity, sources near outdoor air intake, measure return and supply air volume, cleanliness of coils, liner and condensate pan)
  • inspection of exterior
  • inspection below drop ceiling (housekeeping, sink and floor drain traps, signs of past and present moisture concern via visual and/or moisture meter, mold growth, ensure connection of current and capping of abandoned sanitary vents, odorizers, excessive plants and fabric items, identify potential pathways, and measure volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and lighting)

Dates of Assessment:  June 16, 2022

The Office of Environment was contacted Building Maintenance about a fire in the kitchen.  The source was the oven in which school staff used a dry chemical fire extinguisher. 

A restoration contractor will be utilized to clean the residual extinguishing agent.  The areas to be cleaned include the kitchen, kitchen office, dishwashing area, the hallway behind the kitchen, and a few square feet within the food / pantry storage room.

The Office of Environment performed a final inspection of the cleaning which was found to be acceptable.  The Howard County Health Department is said to be making a general visit of the kitchen at a later time.

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