Life Safety

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…

3 Ways to Maintain Fire Safety On-Campus During Back-To-School

September marks the beginning of fall, back-to-school, and “Campus Fire Safety Month.” While students are gearing up to hit the books once again, facilities managers are busy maintaining safety in anticipation of the impending occupancy in classrooms and college housing. How are you helping protect the students and faculty of your facility? Here are a Read more…

4 Exceptional Challenges Faced When Inspecting Fire Dampers in Hospitals

NFPA 80 requires the inspection and testing of fire dampers in existing buildings every 4 years, except hospitals, where the frequency is every 6 years. Most people would expect that hospitals would be held to a much higher standard that other facilities. However, due to the many building systems critical to the safety and health Read more…

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…