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Fire Prevention Week 2021

This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 3rd – October 9th. Fire Prevention Week is a national observance that is sponsored by the NFPA every year on the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to spread awareness and educate the public about fire…

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Semi-Annual vs. Annual Fire Alarm Inspections & Testing

If you are a building owner or facility manager, you probably have a lot on your plate when it comes to maintaining your building. One thing that should not be overlooked when it comes to building maintenance is inspections and testing of your fire alarm systems. Fire alarms are extremely important to ensure that your…

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Fire Sprinkler Inspections & Testing

It is important for fire sprinkler systems to be inspected and tested regularly to stay functional and code compliant. A sprinkler system may not work as it was designed to if it is not regularly inspected or tested. How Often Should Fire Sprinklers be Inspected? The frequency of your fire sprinkler inspections is typically based…

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What Are Life Safety Systems?

Life safety systems are made up of equipment that is designed to save lives and protect property. These systems can help people survive and evacuate from a building during an emergency such as a fire, natural disaster, or power failure. NFPA 101: Life Safety Code NFPA 101 is the Life Safety Code. It is a…

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Fire Alarm Inspections

Regular inspections and service of your fire alarm systems can help extend the life of your system and meet insurance and industry guidelines. Your fire alarm systems are only effective if they work, which is why fire alarm inspections are so important. NFPA 72 Requirements NFPA 72 is the standard for Fire Alarm and Signaling…

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What is an Alarm Monitoring System?

A monitored alarm system provides added protection that a standard fire alarm system does not offer with round the clock protection for your facilities. Fire alarm monitoring systems by alert the proper authorities and emergency contacts when a fire alarm or security alarm system goes off. How Does an Alarm Monitoring System Work? When a…

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Fire Prevention Week

On October 8th, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire broke out. This fire caused 250 deaths, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, left 100,000 homeless, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. Every year, on the week of October 9th, Fire Prevention Week is recognized to commemorate this tragic event. This year Fire Prevention Week is…

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Special Hazard Fire Protection

Special hazard fire protection systems are used in facilities where traditional fire sprinkler systems will not be adequate at suppressing a fire. These areas are often highly hazardous or have valuable materials that could possibly be destroyed by water damage. A special hazard fire suppression system is designed to mitigate damage the property based on…

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Fire Safety for Businesses

If you are a business owner or an employee, you should take safety seriously while you are at work. Knowing fire safety can help protect a business and its employees from a fire that can have dangerous consequences. Good Fire Safety Practices for Your Business 1. Create an Evacuation Plan Develop a plan for how…

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Service for Cold Weather Emergencies

It is extremely important to take care of your fire protection systems during the cold winter months. Proper maintenance goes a long way in making sure your systems do not become damaged by the freezing temperatures. However, we know that it can be difficult to always be prepared for changes in weather. Even when testing,…

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