Month: August 2015

5 Reasons Fire/Smoke Dampers Fail Inspections

Fire, Smoke, and Combination Fire/Smoke damper inspections are required by NFPA 80 code in all buildings every 4 years, except in hospitals where they are required to be inspected every 6 years. NFPA 80 also requires that any failures found during the inspection be repaired without delay. In older facilities, it’s not uncommon to have Read more…

3 Reasons Why Fire Sprinklers Are Not Enough

Often, many people assume that since their facility has an active fire sprinkler system in place, they can ignore their passive fire protection systems like fire dampers, fire doors, and fire barriers, However, there are several reasons why inspecting and testing your passive fire protection system is still required by code. While fire sprinklers are Read more…

6 Easy Steps to a Successful Fire Damper Inspection

Is it time for your fire damper inspection again? Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out where to start if you haven’t done one in a while. To help you out, we’ve provided some simple steps to help get you on track and ensure your damper inspection is compliant and thorough. 1. Know Your Read more…

Staged Evacuation vs. Defend in Place: Which is Right for Your Facility?

Since grade school, we have all been taught to evacuate a building in a timely fashion during a fire drill, or in the case of a real fire. Many of us have continued this practice in the buildings we work in today, and will continue throughout our lives. However, if evacuation is not an option, Read more…

Smoke: The #1 Cause of Fire-Related Deaths

Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death during fires, and is responsible for approximately 70% of all building-related deaths. Breathing in toxic smoke usually incapacitates a person to the point that they cannot make it to their exit route. Fire and life safety systems are required to be maintained by fire and building Read more…