Concern: Hammond Elementary School: January 4th, 2021 (CXXHES20210001A0)

Media Office
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Date of Report
A space heater caused a small 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)

Date(s) of Assessment:  January 4 and 13, 2021

The incident occurred on December 30, 2020 and was reported by the Custodial Service Office.  The Office of Environment's role involved assessing and addressing cleanup of the incident.

On January 4, 2021, the Office of Environment initially assessed the media office.  

An odor was not pronounced within the office.

The space heater melted to the carpet.  No burn marks were observed.

The fire was extinguished using a dry powder fire extinguisher.

Although the carpet and some surfaces were cleaned by custodial staff, soot residue / particles existed on top and bottom of casework, shelving behind cabinet doors, under the counter, and on top of books.  Powder residue was also visible on edges of plastic bins and miscellaneous items.

The Office of Environment informed custodial staff of the findings and provided instructions to properly clean the surfaces after Building Services address the damaged carpet.  Custodial staff were instructed to use in order, HEPA vacuums, microfiber cloths, and degreaser as necessary.

On January 13, 2021, the media office was inspected for cleanliness.  The carpet had been repaired and surfaces requiring additional cleaning passed inspection by the Office of Environment.

Corrective Actions
January 22nd, 2021

School is reminded that space heaters are not permitted in school facilities per the Howard County Fire Marshall.  

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