Life Safety

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…

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…

3 Common Facilities-Related Mistakes Made by Healthcare Staff

As healthcare facility managers, you understand the importance of maintaining a safe environment for your building occupants and patients by stringently inspecting and maintaining your life safety systems, but are the rest of the staff aware of these systems as well? Patient safety depends on a combination of existing fire and life safety features along Read more…

Fire Damper FAQ – Find the Answers You Need!

Maintaining your facility while also staying up to date on codes and changes on fire dampers can be difficult. Finding the right answers can require hours of research and several different resources. We took some of our customer’s frequently asked questions and compiled them into a list to help you find the answers and keep Read more…

You Have Had Your Fire Doors Inspected, What Is Next?

It has been repeated over and over that NFPA 80 5.5.1 states, “Repairs shall be made, and defects that could interfere with operation shall be corrected without delay.” Simply inspecting your fire doors is not enough. The next step is the one that saves lives! Fire Door Repairs You have received the results of your Read more…