Evacuation plans in action

April 1, 2021

How to have conversations with clients about inclement weather and tent evacuation planning. by Tommy Wilson and Cindy Wilson While it is human nature to seek shelter during a storm, a tent, ultimately, is a temporary structure. No matter what its wind speed rating might be, once the wind is higher than 30–38 mph there …

Winter challenges: heating and air filtration

December 1, 2020

How to keep tents, buildings, warehouses and other structures warm and dry during the COVID-19 pandemic. by Daryl Benz Heating tents and other temporary structures is always a challenge whenever the weather gets colder. But factor in the pressures of combatting COVID-19 and you have a potentially complex situation on your hands. The Centers for …

Workplace safety: follow these face mask recommendations from OSHA and the CDC

October 1, 2020

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear masks in public settings, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. While a mask might not protect the wearer, it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others. In response to the ongoing …

Disinfecting fabrics in the age of COVID-19

August 1, 2020

Expert advice for eliminating a deadly virus while keeping employees and end users safe.  by Pamela Mills-Senn  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers of textile-based products like event tents, gym mats and pads, soft seating and bounce houses faced the usual questions from their customers about how to clean and disinfect these items. But there …

The impact of 2018 and 2021 tent code revisions

April 1, 2020

As the 2018 I-codes gain adoption, tent professionals can help advance the code development process. Tent professionals can help shape fire and building codes at the local, state and national levels by building relationships with enforcement officials and professionals who represent related industry groups, according to Paul Armstrong, P.E., C.B.O.  Armstrong, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division …

Modern tent vinyl and flame retardancy

October 1, 2019

Do you know how your tent fabric performed on a flammability test—and can you explain the results to your fire marshal? One of the most tragic days in tent history occurred 75 years ago: The Hartford circus fire.  Some 7,000 spectators were enjoying a circus performance on July 6, 1944, in Hartford, Conn., when a …

Celebrating 100 years of head protection

August 1, 2019

Hard hat manufacturer Bullard celebrates the 100th anniversary of its revolutionary invention.  Women got the vote. Prohibition began. The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I. And worker safety was advanced with a new device—the hard hat. The invention of the hard hat is credited to E. W. Bullard, the son of the founder of …

Working safely in hot weather

July 18, 2019

A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alert offers information and resources to protect workers from heat-related illness when performing activities in high temperatures and humid conditions. Symptoms of heat-related illness include fainting, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasms. Keep workers safe by following these simple safety practices: Provide water, frequent rest breaks and shade. …

Climate control for safe tented events

June 1, 2019

Follow these tips to keep tented events cool and safe in warm months. With 18 holes to play in summer’s desert-like heat, golf tournaments are always looking for ways to keep players and spectators cool. One golf association hosts an annual tournament in Palm Desert, Calif., where temperatures can exceed 95 degrees F. This elite …

OSHA: Keep young workers safe this summer

May 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is partnering with worker safety organizations on #MySafeSummerJob, a social media campaign to educate young workers about safety rights in the workplace, how to speak up about dangerous work conditions and how to protect themselves on the job. According to OSHA, workers under 25 …