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The Truths and Challenges of Antifreeze Loops and Systems

If your building has an area that regularly gets below freeze point (32 degrees Fahrenheit/0 degrees Celsius), a water-filled sprinkler system can't always keep you safe because these wet systems are susceptible to freezing, causing damages to the sprinkler piping. Taking a cue from car manufacturers, antifreeze systems were developed using propylene glycol or glycerin to drop the system’s freeze point to below what Mother Nature can inflict. Upside/DownsideAntifreeze systems for cold-weather wet fire suppression systems were developed because wet suppression systems are simpler to install and maintain than dry valve systems. If some part of your facility is prone to freezing, Integrity Fire Sa
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Tales from the Field – Continued!

From Chuck Stewart, one of Integrity's most senior fire alarm technicians: "I've been in this industry for several years and one of the odd challenges we come up against every now and then is 'the chirp'. When a building's tenant reports that annoying chirp you usually hear from smoke detectors, we have to hunt those crickets down. On one occasion, we made several visits to a location where we never actually heard the sound that a tenant was reporting. Even after completely swapping all the smoke detectors for new units, the client still complained. Finally, we got lucky and caught the cricket – unfortunately, we found the sound was coming from a carbon monoxide detector that was plugged into an outlet and was not easily visible either. Lesson learned and
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Basic Fire Extinguisher Inspections You Can Do Yourself

The Annual "Full-Monty"Remember, the National Fire Protection Association code requires an annual inspection of fire extinguishers by a licensed fire protection company. Integrity Fire Safety Services knows the NFPA code as well as you know your own address, plus all other applicable federal, Colorado and local Fire Departments’ codes. Our team has many years’ experience performing fire extinguisher inspections (among other types of inspections); we'll make sure your company's fire safety systems are up to code and protecting you fully. The Monthly DIYIn between those annual  certifications, building and facility managers should also do a monthly spot check, particularly where ext
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Stories from the Field: Never Postpone Your Maintenance

“One of the worst scenarios I’ve ever seen was when we found a dry valve with no air pressure on the topside of valve, but 100 psi of water pressure on the bottom side of the valve. The property management team had not tested the dry valve in years and the clapper was rusted shut, meaning if there was a fire on that system and a head popped, there'd be no way for the water to flow through the dry valve.”Larry Hatt, Integrity Fire’s COO 
When it comes to postponed system testing and maintenance, we've seen it all. All the unnecessary damage and expense to businesses that didn't set a hig
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