Month: May 2016

Maintaining Fire Barriers

Maintaining Fire Barriers As a facility engineer, you know that maintaining fire barriers keeps smoke and other toxic gases from spreading around the building and allows occupants to evacuate safely. According to the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, any penetrations must be treated right away. The compartmentalization of smoke during a fire in the building Read more…

Benefits of Hiring Local Life Safety Contractors

Benefits of Hiring Local Life Safety Contractors Visits from The Joint Commission or other AHJs are usually unexpected. If there are areas of your facility that have been neglected, you could be facing hefty fines or consequences when an AHJ is in the facility surveying. Having local life safety contractors nearby staff can help eliminate Read more…

7 Reasons Fire Doors Fail

7 Reasons Fire Doors Fail Fire 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 fire doors takes a toll on the door and frame integrity itself. The result is the most common deficiency among fire doors, “the failure Read more…

Firestopping Essentials for All FMs

Firestopping Essentials for All FMs How does firestopping work? All buildings are designed and built to compartmentalize smoke and flames if a fire occurs. This separation keeps the fire contained in the room of origin, allowing for safe evacuation of the remainder of the building. This design is compromised when holes are made in the Read more…

DIY Fire Door Inspections: What All FMs Need to Know

DIY Fire Door Inspections: What All FMs Need to Know In the sea of tasks each facility manager is responsible for, whether to complete fire door inspections in-house is often up for debate. While the DIY fire door inspections may seem feasible for your staff, is it the best option? Determining what is best for Read more…

Cinco Tips for Fire and Smoke Damper Compliance

Fire and smoke damper compliance a critical component of your active and passive fire protection system. If dampers are inoperable during a fire, this allows smoke to spread much more quickly, decreasing the chances of survival amongst building occupants. Compliant dampers protect egress routes allowing occupants more time to escape. Although damper maintenance is required Read more…

Are Your Fire Dampers Costing Your Facility Extra Money, Too?

Many facility managers have their fire dampers inspected every 4-6 years as they are required. But does waiting so long cost you more money in the long run? Fire dampers directly affect your HVAC system in a few ways: When a damper fails to open after a test of the alarm system, the air flow Read more…