Month: March 2014

The Importance of Fire/Smoke Dampers

Fire and smoke dampers are a crucial element of your passive fire protection system. By working together with the other elements of your passive fire protection system, they restrict the spread of flame and smoke throughout a building in the face of a fire. Your passive fire protection system protects your facility’s egress routes, minimizes Read more…

HVAC Restoration & Air Duct Cleaning: Fact or Fiction?

Air duct cleaning has been known to enhance HVAC efficiency, provide energy savings, money savings and reduce HAIs by improving indoor air quality. There are a lot of “facts” circulating about HVAC restoration and air duct cleaning. They include  how to efficiently clean air ducts, what to look for in a contractor, what cleaning and Read more…

What Can You Do to Prevent Fire-Related Tragedies in Your Facility?

Twenty-three years ago in March of 1991, nine residents were killed in a fire inside of a care facility in Colorado Springs, and an additional 13 were injured, five of which were firefighters. When tragedies of this nature occur it causes one to wonder, what could have prevented this loss of life? In this case, Read more…

4 Steps To Ensure Proper Infection Control During Maintenance Projects in Hospitals

Healthcare associated infections are a significant safety risk for individuals obtaining care in a variety of settings. The Joint Commission  (TJC) continues to strengthen infection control standards in order to raise awareness that health care associated infections are a “national concern that can be acquired within any care, treatment or service setting, and transferred between settings, or brought Read more…

Reduce Healthcare Associated Infections with Air Duct Cleaning

Each year 1.7 million people obtain a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) during their hospital stay. Over 5% of HAIs are construction or maintenance related; that’s over 85,000 people who become sick due to construction and maintenance work. Aspergillus How Does This Occur? Over time, dust accumulates in the duct work, above-ceiling, and in other hidden Read more…

Why Use Containment Procedures in Hospitals and Commerical Buildings?

In sensitive environments such as hospitals, production facilities and laboratories, containment of dust and debris during building maintenance projects is crucial. Renovation, construction and installation projects are ongoing in busy facilities and these projects stir up dust which can carry harmful particles. In order to make sure dangerous pathogens are not able to travel into Read more…