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    Public Health Warning

    This is a discussion on Public Health Warning within the Everyday Life forums, part of the Community channel category; Originally Posted by BurnIT A fire in a computer tape library is impossible to extinguish since the magnetic tape supplies ...

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      Re: Public Health Warning

      Quote Originally Posted by BurnIT View Post

      A fire in a computer tape library is impossible to extinguish since the magnetic tape supplies both the combustible material and plenty of oxygen - the magnetic surface is ferric oxide, so you have pretty much a thermite bomb builtin.
      Similar to cinema projection rooms then when nitrocellulose film was used. The fire risk assessment document for such premised runs to over 150 pages.


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      Re: Public Health Warning

      Quote Originally Posted by BurnIT View Post
      Oh, and breathing apparatus is NOT supplied in computer rooms - at least none of the ones I've ever worked in. (the alarm goes off and you have 20 seconds to leave before the shutters come down)
      I guess different firms have different procedures.

      The mainframe room for one firm I worked at did have a set just outside the door so that someone could go back in to rescue someone in the event of a fire.

      I had imagined that a large modern server room would be too large to escape in 20 seconds, so such a system might be better inside the room in a strategic position.

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      Re: Public Health Warning

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I guess different firms have different procedures.

      The mainframe room for one firm I worked at did have a set just outside the door so that someone could go back in to rescue someone in the event of a fire.

      I had imagined that a large modern server room would be too large to escape in 20 seconds, so such a system might be better inside the room in a strategic position.
      In Modern buildings you wouldn't be allowed to have the tape store in the same building and server rooms usually have disks not tapes nowadays.

      Believe you me if the alarms go off you can cover a long distance in 20 seconds and only the machine room itself is flooded and there shouldn't be many people in there nowadays.
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