Life Safety

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…

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…

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…