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The USFA National Arson Prevention Initiative Board Up Procedures is incorporated herein by reference and are hereby accepted as Reference Specifications. These Reference Specifications are intended to govern certain construction materials, methods, and details with some additional modification herein. 

Materials List and Specifications 

MANDATORY SECURITY MEASURES 

  1. All openings in the basement, crawl spaces, garages, first floor doors and windows, and any point of entry accessible from a porch, fire escape or other potential climbing point shall be barricaded with plywood, 2×4 braces, carriage bolt sets, specialized head/drive screws, and nails, unless stated otherwise.

NOTE: General contractor screws, particleboard, wafer board, Masonite, or other similar material shall NOT be used for purposes of boarding-up a building.

  1. Garage Doors and Openings at least 1 O’ from ground level which are not accessible from a porch, fire escape, roof, or other climbing point can be secured with nails every 12″ around the perimeter. For all openings, the plywood should be fitted so that it rests snugly against the

exterior frame, butting up to the siding on wood frame buildings and up to the brick molding edge on b1ick buildings. It may be necessary to remove the staff bead so this fit can be flush and tight.

  1. The structure shall be posted with a NO TRESPASSING sign at the completion of the board-up.
  2. Commercial property with full windows or glass facades shall be blacked out and adhesive shall be used to attach the plywood to the glass from the interior to prevent shattering. Plywood shall be secured to the window/glass framing.
  3. ONLY Interior Boarding shall require blackout of windows and be secured with plywood and 2×4 braces fasten to the wall with deck nails and specialized star-drive head screws.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR PROPER SAFETY BOARD UP OF A BUILDING

  1. Plywood, 1/2″ (4 ply) exterior grade CDX
  2. Braces -2″ by 4″ by 8′ (or longer) construction grade lumber
  3. 3/8″ (coarse thread) by 12″ (or longer) carriage bolts (rounded head on weather side)
  4. 3/8″ (coarse thread) construction grade nuts
  5. 1/2″ (USS Standard) Flat washers with an inside diameter large enough to bypass the wrench neck inside the caniage bolt head so no lift edge is available beneath an installed carriage bolt head.
  6. 3/8″ (USS Standard) diameter flat washers for installation beneath the nut inside the building
  7. Combination of 2″-3″ deck nails and 2″-3″ Star-drive screws; T-20, T-25, etc.

BARRIER ASSEMBLY SPECIFICATIONS

  1. Plywood shall be cut to fit over the window and door openjngs, flush with outside of the

molding/trimmer stud. Application of baniers shall be completed so that all lift or pry points are avoided. Plywood board shall be solid sheets without seams or joints.

  1. The 2×4 braces shall be cut to fit the horizontal dimension of the plywood. Two exterior and two interior 2×4 braces shall be provided for each window and three sets for each door.
  2. Window Assembly-Braces are located horizontally approximately 1/3 of the distance from the top and the bottom of the window. Bolt holes are located 1/3 of the length of the brace from the outside edge of the window jams. Prior to installation, the assembly should be pre-assembled and 3/8″ holes drilled through all of the components.
  3. Door Assembly-Door braces will be placed horizontally; one in the center of the doorway and one 1/2 the distance from the center to the top and one 1/2 distance from the center to the bottom of the doorway. Bolt holes are located 1/3 of the length of the brace from the outside edge of the doorframe. Prior to installation, the assembly should be pre-assembled and 3/8″ holes drilled through all of the components.
  4. Plywood used to cover exterior openings shall be nailed every 12″ along the perimeter of the frame of the window, door, or opening.
  5. The 2×4 braces on the interior and exterior of the assemblies shall be secured using 3/8″ by 12″ carriage bolt assemblies. Bolts shall be inserted through the predrilled holes from the exterior with a 1/2″ washer place against the exterior brace, a 3/8″ washer is placed against the interior brace. The bolt is tightened from the inside so that it slightly compresses the interior brace. The 2×4 Bottom Brace shall be cut to width of door trim and drilled to the floor to prevent opening.
  6. Garage Door openings shall be covered with plywood and secured with a minimum of 3-inch-long deck or wood screws installed on 6-inch centers around the circumference of the opening. An interior or exterior 2×4 Bottom Brace is required to prevent it from opening and drilled to the floor with masonry screws (or as appropriate).

NOTE: These specifications are subject to change upon case-by-case scenario. Any changes or recommendations shall be discussed during the walk-through of the property prior to a proposal, quote and or notice to proceed. 

 

ENTRYWAYS EMERGENCY BOARD UP PROCEDURES

SPECIFICATIONS FOR EXAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY

SPECIFICATION NOTES:

  1.   Iron doors or security frames may be removed and stored inside building if necessary
  2.   Contractor to use 3/8” x 12” carriage bolts – rounded head on outside of building. Longer bolts may be necessary.
  3.   Contractor to tighten nuts from inside enough to slightly compress 2×4 brace.
  4.   If plywood cannot be butted against band molding, cut to cover outside edge of door frame.
  5.   Bolt holes are located as they are for windows (see page 12 of appendix B)
  6.   Center brace located in center of doorway opening. Top and bottom braces are positioned where A= 1/2B (see dimension locations on drawing)
  7.   Use 2×4 bottom brace – cut to width of door trim. Drill to the floor to prevent opening.  Interior and exterior bottom braces with masonry screws are mandatory when boarding garage doors.  

BARRIER ASSEMBLY NOTES

  1. Plywood shall be cut to fit over the window and door openjngs, flush with outside of the

molding/trimmer stud. Application of baniers shall be completed so that all lift or pry points are avoided. Plywood board shall be solid sheets without seams or joints.

  1. The 2×4 braces shall be cut to fit the horizontal dimension of the plywood. Two exterior and two interior 2×4 braces shall be provided for each window and three sets for each door.
  2. Window Assembly-Braces are located horizontally approximately 1/3 of the distance from the top and the bottom of the window. Bolt holes are located 1/3 of the length of the brace from the outside edge of the window jams. Prior to installation, the assembly should be pre-assembled and 3/8″ holes drilled through all of the components.
  3. Door Assembly-Door braces will be placed horizontally; one in the center of the doorway and one 1/2 the distance from the center to the top and one 1/2 distance from the center to the bottom of the doorway. Bolt holes are located 1/3 of the length of the brace from the outside edge of the doorframe. Prior to installation, the assembly should be pre-assembled and 3/8″ holes drilled through all of the components.
  4. Plywood used to cover exterior openings shall be nailed every 12″ along the perimeter of the frame of the window, door, or opening.
  5. The 2×4 braces on the interior and exterior of the assemblies shall be secured using 3/8″ by 12″ carriage bolt assemblies. Bolts shall be inserted through the predrilled holes from the exterior with a 1/2″ washer place against the exterior brace, a 3/8″ washer is placed against the interior brace. The bolt is tightened from the inside so that it slightly compresses the interior brace. The 2×4 Bottom Brace shall be cut to width of door trim and drilled to the floor to prevent opening.
  6. Garage Door -the opening shall be covered with plywood and secured with a minimum of 3-inch-long deck or wood screws installed on 6-inch centers around the circumference of the

opening. An interior or exterior 2×4 Bottom Brace is required to prevent it from opening and

drilled to the floor with masonry screws (or as appropriate).

NOTE: These specifications are subject to change upon case-by-case scenario. Any changes or recommendations shall be discussed during the walk-through of the property prior to a 

proposal, quote and or notice to proceed. 

 

DOOR ENTRY WAY BOARDING SPECIFICATIONS AND PROCEDURES

DOOR ENTRY WAY BOARD UP SPECIFICATIONS AND NOTES:

  1.   Iron doors or security frames may be removed and stored inside building if necessary
  2.   Contractor to use 3/8” x 12” carriage bolts – rounded head on outside of building. Longer bolts may be necessary.
  3.   Contractor to tighten nuts from inside enough to slightly compress 2×4 brace.
  4.   If plywood cannot be butted against band molding, cut to cover outside edge of door frame.
  5.   Bolt holes are located as they are for windows (see page 12 of appendix B)
  6.   Center brace located in center of doorway opening. Top and bottom braces are positioned where A= 1/2B (see dimension locations on drawing)
  7.   Use 2×4 bottom brace – cut to width of door trim. Drill to the floor to prevent opening.  Interior and exterior bottom braces with masonry screws are mandatory when boarding garage doors.  

 

SOCAL REMOVAL WINDOW BOARDING SPECIFICATION

NOTES:

  1. FOR DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS, SLIDE SASH TO CENTER OF UNIT AND PASS BOLTS THROUGH OPENINGS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.
  2. STORM WINDOWS SHOULD BE REMOVED AND STORED INSIDE STRUCTURE.
  3. OUTSIDE TRIM MAY HAVE TO BE REMOVED TO ACCOMMODATE A FLUSH AND

TIGHT FIT.

  1. TIGHTEN NUTS FROM INSIDE ENOUGH TO SLIGHTLY COMPRESS 2X4 BRACE.
  2. BRACE LOCATIONS: A= 1/3 B (SEE DIMENSION LOCATIONS ON DRAWING)

NOTE: WINDOWS 3 FEET IN HEIGHT OR SHORTER ONLY REQUIRE ONE

  1. LOCATION OF BOLT HOLES: C = 1/30 (SEE DIMENSION LOCATIONS ON DRAWING)
  2. THE PLYWOOD BOARD SHOULD BE SECURED WITH SCREWS EVERY 12″ ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE FRAME OF THE WINDOW, DOOR, OR OPENING, AND WITH DECK NAILS AT EVERY 6″ MARK WHERE SCREW IS NOT PLACED.