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How To Avoid Joint Commissions Top Citations

When it comes to life safety problems in the health care physical environment George Mills knows it all. He is the director of the Department of Engineering at The Joint Commission and earlier this year, he outlined the top citations of Joint Commission surveys and also offered tips on compliance at the American Society for Read more…

The First Thing AHJs Ask for is Fire Door Reports

If you perform a fire door inspection, but fail to document your findings, did the inspection ever really take place? The first thing AHJs (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) ask for is a report of inspections to make sure all your fire door assemblies are completely compliant. Without documentation it is likely that you will wind up Read more…

Fire Door Recertification. Who Do You Turn To?

You are feeling quite confident in your fire door assembly’s overall functioning. It has the immaculate ability to close completely, no open holes in the surfaces of the door or frame and you’ve made sure not to make any field modifications.  Then, you decide to take a closer look at the label. Suddenly your worst Read more…

PREVENT is Thankful for YOU

Thanksgiving means taking time away from work and surrounding yourself with friends, family and loved ones. It means relaxing, unwinding and most likely eating way too much turkey and pumpkin pie. But most importantly, Thanksgiving means counting your blessings and expressing your thanks for every little thing you appreciate in your life. In the spirit Read more…

Fire Door Repairs: The Top Ten Deficiencies

If you read the The Importance of Fire Doors, you know that a fire door is not just any ordinary door. It is made differently, functions differently and deserves your special attention. Why? A fire door is one of the main defenses against the spread of fire and smoke to bordering areas of your building. Read more…

Fire Door Inspections: Using Outside Contractors Vs. DIY

When it comes to fire door inspections why not just do it yourself? You may have heard a lot about NFPA 80, NFPA 105 and NFPA 101, but did you know there are also other guidelines and regulations for all buildings, such as IBC code, and for hospitals, CMS and TJC requirements. Interpreting and deciphering Read more…

The Importance of Fire Door Inspections

Fire doors: the heroes of fire safety that go unnoticed. On normal days, they are disguised and function like any other door. Their ability to save lives is discreetly hidden behind a boring façade. But in the case of a fire they know how to get down to business. They put their superman suits on Read more…

NADCA Energy Project in Conjunction with University of Colorado

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in large buildings or healthcare facilities can account for up to half the energy usage in these buildings! Complete cleaning of these systems, including the ductwork, vents, blowers, coils and other components, is an important aspect of keeping them running at peak efficiency. According to NADCA, heating and cooling systems Read more…

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections During Construction

This year at the CSHE Annual Conference, Dennis Cohan, President of PREVENT Life Safety, gave a talk on the importance of infection control in hospitals and other sensitive environments. Nationwide, about one in 20 patients entering a hospital will acquire a potentially deadly infection, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC Read more…

Fire Doors: Reasons for Failure & Maintenance Tips

#1 Reason for Fire Door Failure Doors in any type of commercial facility take tremendous abuse from everyday use.  In addition, the constant battering, propping open, slamming and jamming of the doors takes a toll on the door and frame integrity itself. The result is the most common deficiency among fire doors, “the failure to Read more…