Life Safety

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…

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…

4 Tips for Keeping Your Facility Compliant During the Holidays

The holidays are typically a cheerful time of year and often come with decking the halls and eggnog. Since many of us would rather be at home than working, we often like to decorate our workplace to feel festive all day long. This is especially true for nurses, doctors and other staff in healthcare settings Read more…

3 Common Misconceptions about Life Safety Systems

Code requirements for compliance can often get confused with common knowledge when it comes to life safety systems. Building and safety codes can be difficult to decipher, so many of us tend to rely on others to tell us how to maintain compliance. But how do you know this common knowledge is actually correct? Working Read more…

Top 3 Firestop Deficiencies Your Facility Could Be Facing

Deficient firestop can bring potential harm or citations to your facility, and should be corrected upon immediate discovery. Firestopping can be key to your facility’s life safety systems, and will help protect against a fire in the facility. However, often times facility employees may not realize that the firestop program they have in place may Read more…

Tips for Choosing a Reputable Firestop Contractor

When it comes to hiring a firestop contractor for your facility, it may be time consuming and difficult to figure out which contractor will do the best job for your facility. There are likely numerous contractors that claim to be the best in the business, but it’s important for a facility’s safety to choose one Read more…

Dryer Vent Cleaning: Avoid Dryer Fires in Your Facility

Hospitals, hotels, and other commercial buildings are constantly using industrial washers and dryers to clean any articles that are used on a daily basis. Due to the nature of these facilities, many of these items can be very soiled, which creates more laundry and more work for the machines being used. Whether it’s bed sheets Read more…

Are Fire Damper Inspections Enough? 3 Ways to Maintain Your Dampers Between Inspections

Mandatory inspections are required by NFPA code for fire, smoke and fire/smoke dampers, every 4 years in all buildings, except hospitals which is every 6 years. Facilities should always adhere to these deadlines to ensure building safety against a fire, and also avoid any consequences from any Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). However, time between inspections Read more…

4 Benefits to Outsourcing Your Fire Damper Repairs

According to NFPA 80, “damper repairs should begin without delay.” After your damper inspection is complete, you’ll often be left with damper deficiencies which will require immediate attention. In an effort to save money, many facilities will attempt to make these repairs themselves. Even with the best of intentions and experience, facilities departments face a Read more…