Month: May 2014

Facility Managers: Watch Out For These Common Firestop Mistakes

As you know, firestopping is a crucial part of any life safety system. By maintaining the integrity of your fire barriers, you work towards isolating fire and smoke. This not only helps prevent property damage, but can most importantly save lives. If you’re interested in learning more about how firestop works to protect your facility Read more…

The 3 Top Tips For Maintaining Fire Barriers

Are you having trouble keeping your fire barriers in check? Your fire walls, fire doors, and fire dampers are all a part of your fire protection system that must be maintained for code compliance. Recently, fire barrier penetrations, fire door issues and duct issues were recognized as the third most cited deficiency on Joint Commission Read more…

Firestop is Critical to the Integrity of Your Fire Barriers

There are three critical elements of a building’s passive fire protection system. Fire barriers (walls), fire doors, and fire dampers, together they make up the fire-rated separations that allow for compartmentation of a building in the face of a fire. In high-rise buildings such as hotels and apartment complexes, fire barriers are present not only Read more…

What’s Wrong With That Fire/Smoke Damper?

Fire and smoke dampers work together with the other elements of your fire protection system to compartmentalize smoke in the face of a fire. All fire and smoke dampers in your facility need to be maintained according to NFPA 80 & 105. As a facility manager you may have had lots of experience discovering and Read more…

You Got a Joint Commission Citation…Now What?

A Joint Commission survey can be overwhelming. It’s unannounced, the codes are in constant flux making it hard to know what to expect, Requirements for Improvement (RFIs) are common, and most importantly your accreditation is placed at risk. It’s important to know what to expect and what deficiencies to look out for. This way you Read more…