Inspections

11 Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Fire Door Inspection

11 Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Fire Door Inspection Ensuring that your that your fire barrier system is in good working condition is one of the most important tasks you can do as a facility manager. Having a successful fire door inspection is key. Properly functioning fire doors are crucial for ensuring employees, patients, equipment, Read more…

4 Things to Consider When Choosing Contractors for Your Health Care Facility

4 Things to Consider When Choosing Contractors for Your Health Care Facility According to the statistics by American Hospital Association (AHA), there are total 5,627 hospitals in the US. Just like any other facility, maintenance work in the health care facility is also carried out on a regular basis. However, hospitals seldom maintain an in-house Read more…

Signs Your Facility Needs Fire Damper Repair

Signs Your Facility Needs Fire Damper Repair Fire dampers play a very important role in providing a robust fire protection mechanism for your premises. Whether you are a manager of a school, company, or hospital building, having fire dampers installed can greatly improve your fire protection rating and offer substantial protection to occupants and staff Read more…

How to Choose a Fire Door Contractor

How to Choose a Fire Door Contractor Fire doors offer a convenient yet effective measure against fire emergencies owing to its durability and robustness. In accordance with the building codes stipulated by NFPA, fire doors are the surest way of offering substantial building security, which can relieve a lot of burden for you as a Read more…

CMS Adopts 2012 NFPA 101 Codes: Is Your Facility Ready?

CMS Adopts 2012 NFPA 101 Codes: Is Your Facility Ready? On July 1st a new code change took effect that put many facilities in danger of not passing their next fire door inspection. We all know that fire door inspections must be done annually, however the 2012 NFPA 101 codes require that it is documented Read more…

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…