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Fire Marshal Inspection Checklist

Every business needs to have regular fire safety inspections performed by its local fire marshal to ensure it meets the code requirements necessary to allow its continued operation. But fire marshal visits are often unannounced. As a result, the best way to ensure...

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Fire Protection & Suppression System Components

Fire protection system components include much more than just automatic sprinklers and fire alarms. But these two components are what most people think about whenever they hear about fire protection systems because they are the most visible to the public. The truth is...

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What Are Flexible Fire Sprinkler Drops?

Flexible fire sprinkler drops connect to the rigid piping framework of a fire sprinkler system just like a standard sprinkler head, but that’s where the similarities end. Unlike standard sprinkler heads, flexible sprinkler drops feature flexible stainless-steel hoses,...

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How Much Does a Commercial Fire Suppression System Cost?

If you own a commercial building and your fire suppression system is predominantly made up of fire extinguishers and alarms, then you are taking a tremendous risk because even a minor fire can result in loss of property or life. Having the right commercial fire...

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Common Causes of Fire in Buildings

Whether you own a business or manage a residential building, fire protection needs to be a primary concern because a fire can break out anywhere and at any time. First and foremost, you need to have a fire protection system that is designed for the type of hazard you...

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5 Reasons Building Fire Sprinkler Systems Fail

A sprinkler system is an integral part of any structure’s safety strategy, but for the most part, it is something that rarely comes to mind other than when it is called for. For this reason, it can be easy for a building manager to forget about their sprinkler system...

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NFPA Fire Pump Testing Requirements

A fire pump is an essential component in a city’s fire safety system because it is used when a facility’s water supply is unable to provide enough pressure to meet the hydraulic design requirements of the fire protection system. This is commonly the case in high rise...

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The Benefits Of Retrofitting Your Fire Sprinkler System

When fire safety codes change, or when a facility is growing or being renovated, it is not uncommon for the fire protection system contained within to need to be expanded or upgraded for the building to maintain compliance. Instead of taking on the cost and...

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What Is An FDNY Certificate Of Correction?

In cases where a facility is found to violate fire codes, the FDNY will issue a variety of possible violations, from minor offenses that carry a fine, to criminal summonses that can potentially lead to arrest warrants. Most violations, however, can be resolved simply...

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Industrial Fire Safety & Prevention Tips

Every fire has the potential to cause devastating property losses and loss of life, but when a fire breaks out in an industrial facility, the risks are drastically elevated. An industrial fire can often involve volatile chemicals and other fuels that can result in...

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What Is a Fire Alarm Monitoring System?

A fire alarm monitoring system provides a facility with more robust fire protection than a standard fire alarm system because it monitors the facility for signs of fire or smoke 24/7/365. In the event a fire or smoke is detected, a fire alarm monitoring system...

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Annual vs. Semi-Annual Fire Alarm Inspection & Testing

Regular testing and inspection of your fire alarm and suppression system is essential for helping to ensure they operate as designed should a fire break out on your premises. And since your fire protection systems is one of the most important elements you have in...

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Building Evacuation Plan & Procedures

When smoke alarms start ringing in a workplace, the situation can quickly get out of control if proper building evacuation procedures are not in place and followed. Being unprepared in a situation such as this can lead to increased incident of injury or worse. As a...

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Fire Drill Procedures In The Workplace

Every workplace should have a fire evacuation plan in place to ensure every employee, regardless of their age or physical or mental ability, can escape the premises quickly, calmly, and easily in the event of a fire. But the thing about evacuation plans is that even...

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Office Fire Safety 101

With so much going on in the average American workplace, fire prevention can easily get lost in the shuffle. After all, what are the odds a fire will occur? The problem is fires do occur. It’s not a case of if but of when. And if your office isn’t prepared, then even...

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What Is a Standpipe System?

A standpipe system is an extension of the fire hydrant system that involves a series of pipes that connect a water supply to hose connections. At its core, it is a way of delivering water from one part of a structure to another. Standpipes are strategically placed...

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What Is a Deluge System?

When it comes to sprinkler fire protection systems, the most common type found is the wet pipe system, but it is not the only type of sprinkler system available. Another, less common type is what is known as deluge sprinkler system. What is a deluge system? This guide...

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How To Design A Fire Protection Sprinkler System

It’s one thing to have a fire protection sprinkler system installed in your building but it’s another thing entirely to ensure that the system you choose is appropriate for your needs. From the very start of the design process, the goal of your new fire protection...

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What Gas Is Used In Fire Suppression Systems?

Sprinkler systems that spout water may be the most common type of fire suppression system used in most buildings, but they are not the only type available. In fact, there are many applications where using water (or foam or powder) to extinguish the flames could lead...

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Types of Fire Protection Systems

Controlling a fire quickly and safely involves using the right type of fire suppression system for the both the type of fire and the environment in which the fire is happening. As such, there is no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to dousing fires. Depending on...

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Common NYC Fire Code Violations

New York City’s housing predominantly consists of multi-family dwellings. The same can be said about most of its commercial buildings, with one building commonly playing host to multiple companies. As a result, when a fire emergency happens anywhere in the city, it...

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What Is Active Fire Protection?

Whether you own a commercial building or a multi-unit residential structure, you need to ensure that it is up to current fire codes in your township. This means it needs to have an active fire protection system in place. What is an active fire protection system? An...

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What Is Passive Fire Protection?

Every building needs a fire protection system installed to ensure it is up to code and safe to be inhabited. But while you are probably already familiar with most active fire protection types, such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire detection devices and fire...

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