Common Trade Misunderstandings Part 1: Know Your Fire Alarm Lingo!

Like all businesses, fire safety has its own jargon. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), defines hundreds of technical terms. Consumers need to know only a few, and among the most important are: Area of RefugeAn area that is either (1) a story in a building where the building is protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system and has not less than two accessible rooms or spaces separated from each other by smoke-resisting partitions; or (2) a space located in a path of travel leading to a public way that is protected from the effects of fire, either by means of separation from other spaces in the same building or by virtue of location, thereby permitting a
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Fire Safety Fun Facts Part Two – More Movie Myths

We’re back with another round of movie myths involving sprinkler systems that make absolutely no real world sense. Who knew that fire sprinkler systems featured so prominently (and inaccurately) in Hollywood movies? Apparently, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has known for quite some time about the gross misrepresentation of fire sprinkler systems and how they work. The HFSC has been tirelessly working to put some of these sprinkler myths to rest once and for all, in order to ensure that people in real life do not use fire safety sprinkler systems for comedic purposes, to further a nefarious plot, or to thwart a heist. In fact, the coalition is so dedicated to the cause of dispelling sprinkler-related movie myths that they have released Read More

Customer Training Part Two: The Fundamentals of Drum Drip Maintenance

Just between us, are you up on your drip drum maintenance schedule? If not, it’s not too late to get on a set schedule for preventive maintenance, so you can avoid catastrophic system failure in the event of freezing. Just follow our tips and you’ll be drip drum maintenance expert in no time! Or if you’d prefer a quick training session from one of our certified sprinkler experts, give us a shout and we’ll set up a training time for your team! First things first- what the heck is a drip drum? Before learning how to properly maintain your building’s drip drum, it’s probably a good idea to know what they are, where they are located, and what they do. Your dry sprinkler system contains a
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Common Trade Misunderstandings Part Two: Missed Code Requirements

Pop quiz- how often are you supposed to be conducting fire safety inspections for your commercial building? If you answered once a year, you are absolutely...WRONG! Try again. Once every six months? Getting warmer, but still no. While some management companies choose to only have everything tested by a certified professional annually and/or semi-annually, it may surprise you to know that the NFPA has several items in their code books that state they should be checked by the building owner’s representative weekly, monthly, and quarterly! If you had no idea, don’t panic- you’re not alone. Missed code requirements are one of the most common trade misunderstandings in the fire safety realm, and are often overlooked unintentionally by commercial building ow
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