Windy conditions put fire inspectors on high alert at gem shows - Tucson News Now

Windy conditions put fire inspectors on high alert at gem shows

(Source: Tucson News Now) (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It’s gem show season in the Old Pueblo.

“It’s fascinating,” said Pat Young, who stumbled upon the show near Kino and I-10.

That means thousands of people are walking in and out of tents like Joseph Brooks, who sells gems and minerals designed for jewelry.

“Necklaces, bracelets, rings and so on,” he said.

And while visitors eyes are on the gems, fire inspectors keep their eyes on the tents, making sure event goers are safe. It’s a process that starts long before the showcase even arrives in town.

“Once the gem show starts and the tents are up, people are in them. We're here daily making sure that the requirements are met,” said Captain Nicholas Janton, with the Tucson Fire Department.

Janton leads a team of inspectors who check the tents before the show and during the show to make sure vendors are following the safety requirements.

They check for things like accessible fire extinguishers, illuminated exit signs, and clear pathways in case people have to escape.

“We get this many people inside of the tent like this and something happens they've got to be able to get out and get out in a safe manner,” Janton explained.

They also make sure the tents are stable and properly secured to the ground, something even more important on windy days like Monday.

“They're required to be anchored and they're supposed to meet specific requirements for anchorage of those tents, whether it’s using 55-gallon drums full of water or anchoring them into the ground. They’re required to be anchor and we check them regularly - especially on a day like today,” he explained.

Brooks said aside from anchoring, he makes sure the dust doesn’t cloud out his merchandise.

“Normally we have the right side of the tent open but we closed that to make sure the dust doesn’t get in, because a lot of the stuff gets dusty and that doesn’t help sell it,” he said.

He said safety is his number one priority followed by wowing people like Young with his mineral and gems.

"This is a really fantastic show. I love the fossils and the big geodes. That’s what I've enjoyed the most,” Young said.

Once the shows end, work for the fire department doesn’t. They work alongside promoters and vendors to do a debrief meeting and make sure next year’s show runs smoothly as well.

WANT MORE? Download the Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2018 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    I-19 southbound near Ajo Way down to one lane

    I-19 southbound near Ajo Way down to one lane

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:08 PM EDT2018-08-16 19:08:40 GMT
    Interstate 19 southbound near Ajo Way will be down to one lane for several hours Thursday, Aug. 16 as crews make emergency repairs to the roadway. (Source: Google Maps)Interstate 19 southbound near Ajo Way will be down to one lane for several hours Thursday, Aug. 16 as crews make emergency repairs to the roadway. (Source: Google Maps)
    Interstate 19 southbound near Ajo Way will be down to one lane for several hours Thursday, Aug. 16 as crews make emergency repairs to the roadway. (Source: Google Maps)Interstate 19 southbound near Ajo Way will be down to one lane for several hours Thursday, Aug. 16 as crews make emergency repairs to the roadway. (Source: Google Maps)

    Interstate 19 southbound near Ajo Way will be down to one lane for several hours Thursday as crews make emergency repairs to the road.

    Interstate 19 southbound near Ajo Way will be down to one lane for several hours Thursday as crews make emergency repairs to the road.

  • Pedestrian accident closes Grant and Rosemont

    Pedestrian accident closes Grant and Rosemont

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:39 PM EDT2018-08-16 18:39:27 GMT

    The Tucson Police Department is responding to reports of an accident involving a pedestrian. Officials say the roadway will be closed for westbound travel on Grant Road and Rosemont Boulevard. The closure is expected to last for several hours, according to police. 

    The Tucson Police Department is responding to reports of an accident involving a pedestrian. Officials say the roadway will be closed for westbound travel on Grant Road and Rosemont Boulevard. The closure is expected to last for several hours, according to police. 

  • Opening this week: Alpha, Mile 22, Puzzle

    Opening this week: Alpha, Mile 22, Puzzle

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:21 PM EDT2018-08-16 18:21:24 GMT

    Every Thursday, we sit down with film critic Herb Stratford to chat about the new movies hitting the big screen.

    Every Thursday, we sit down with film critic Herb Stratford to chat about the new movies hitting the big screen.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Bodies of pregnant Colorado woman, 2 daughters likely found

    Bodies of pregnant Colorado woman, 2 daughters likely found

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:05 AM EDT2018-08-16 08:05:05 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:22 PM EDT2018-08-16 19:22:59 GMT
    The man's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were reported missing Monday.The man's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were reported missing Monday.

    Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.

    Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.

  • 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies

    'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies

    Thursday, August 16 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-08-16 16:39:25 GMT

    Her voice is associated with an era of transformative music in the 1960s and 1970s as well as with some of the most important singular events in American history.

    Her voice is associated with an era of transformative music in the 1960s and 1970s as well as with some of the most important singular events in American history.

  • Teen accused of killing 7-year-old nephew after he lay on her bed

    Teen accused of killing 7-year-old nephew after he lay on her bed

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:26 AM EDT2018-08-16 07:26:18 GMT
    The suspect is accused of putting her hand over 7-year-old Jordan Vong's mouth and plugging his nose until he stopped moving after pushing him off the bed. (Source: KMGH/Family photos/CNN)The suspect is accused of putting her hand over 7-year-old Jordan Vong's mouth and plugging his nose until he stopped moving after pushing him off the bed. (Source: KMGH/Family photos/CNN)

    The 16-year-old is accused of putting her hand over the boy’s mouth and plugging his nose until he stopped moving after pushing him off the bed.

    The 16-year-old is accused of putting her hand over the boy’s mouth and plugging his nose until he stopped moving after pushing him off the bed.

Powered by Frankly