Life Safety

DANGER – What You Need To Know About Air Duct Cleaning

As you know it is extremely beneficial to have your air ducts cleaned. Clean air ducts help to protect your building occupants, improve indoor air quality, and ultimately lead to energy savings. But did you know that cleaning your air ducts can be problematic if not performed correctly? How can air duct cleaning go wrong? Read more…

Why Outsource Your Fire Door Inspections?

Who inspects and repairs your fire doors? Many believe inspecting and repairing fire doors in-house will save time and money. But often it is not that simple and the code can be difficult to fully understand. Hiring a specialty fire door inspector can help to ensure your fire doors are compliant the first time. Here Read more…

Read This Before You Hang That Sign…

Keep Closed”, “Do Not Block”, and “Emergency Exit”, are signs that are typically placed on fire doors to ensure the fire door is code compliant at all times. These signs are essential to instructing and reminding building occupants on proper use of the door. BUT, did you know that there are regulations for the types Read more…

Don’t Let Smoke Slip Through the Cracks

With all the standards required of fire doors, there are many ways a fire door can fail to meet NFPA compliance. One of the most common deficiencies found during inspection is poor clearance dimensions around the perimeter of a door in the closed position. The size of the void between the door and the fire Read more…

3 Types of Fire Door Closers – What You Need To Know

Did you know that failure of a fire door to fully close is one of the most common deficiencies found during fire door inspections? According to NFPA 1 Fire Code, 14.5.4 Self-Closing Devices, A door leaf normally required to be kept closed shall not be secured in the open position at any time and shall Read more…

5 Simple Tips for Fire Barrier Compliance

Penetrations in your fire barriers can often be out of sight, out of mind. Penetrations can fall through the cracks, leaving your facility vulnerable and at risk for citations. Here are some tips to help you avoid citations and stay compliant year round. Focus on Problem Areas & Hotspots – Know which areas of your Read more…

5 Firestop Myths You Won’t Believe are False

The Truth Comes Out High-rise buildings undergo the same inspections as regular buildings. This statement is incorrect. High-rise buildings have specific inspections they must adhere to. First lets start with what a high-rise building is. According to NFPA 101 and the 2012 edition of IBC, a high-rise building is any building with occupants at a Read more…

How To Overcome Firestop Issues in Healthcare Facilities

When it comes to barrier management compliance, firestopping penetrations seems to raise the most concerns among facility managers. According to our recent poll, 49% of facility managers believe firestopping is the #1 problem preventing complete barrier compliance in their facility.  We asked: When it comes to barrier management compliance which of the following presents the Read more…

Fire Damper Fact or Fiction: Commercial Building Edition

Building managers,  it’s your turn to take the fire damper quiz! A little over a month ago we put out a Fire Damper Quiz for Healthcare Facilities, to help answer some frequently asked questions on fire damper code requirements. Fire damper code requirements are not universal. The requirements for healthcare facilities are different than those Read more…

Are All Fire Door Inspectors The Same?

NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 require fire-rated door assemblies to be inspected annually by qualified individuals who are knowledgeable of the types of door assemblies being inspected. This is a major responsibility when there are a variety of inspectors in the field today with different training and qualifications. How do you decide who to trust Read more…