Life Safety

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…

How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Fire Doors

The average lifespan of doors, frames, and hardware depends on their use. Fire doors have different demands depending on their location, and the role of that room. For example, a door leading to the stair well will open and close more frequently than a door to a server room. What is the average life span Read more…

5 Benefits of Photoluminescent Egress Systems

  Whether there is a fire, power outage, or other emergency in your building, safe and efficient evacuation for building occupants is extremely important. A photoluminescent egress system is powered only by the ambient light it absorbs, the markings then re-emit that light, glowing in the dark when the power is out, to mark the Read more…

Mobile Containment Saves Lives

The CDC estimates that 1.7 million patients acquire infections during their stay at a hospital. Of these 1.7 million patients, over 5% of them acquire Healthcare Associated Infections (or HAIs) which can be attributed or connected to construction or maintenance related work being done in the facility; that’s over 85,000 people. These infections increase patient Read more…

Fire Dampers: Fact or Fiction

  When it comes to fire damper inspections, we often are asked the same questions about code requirements and compliance by our customers. This is understandable considering the amount of code referencing these inspections. What exactly NPFA code requires and how you can ensure your compliance is not always clear when it comes to fire Read more…

Four Essential Things You Should Know About Your Fire Doors

  One of the most common things discussed when it comes to fire doors is that they must be inspected no less than annually. But these inspections are a little more complicated than just ensuring the door closes properly. Here are a few things you should know about your fire doors: Can existing fire doors Read more…

7 Simple Tips to Ensure Fire Door Compliance

  Fire doors are integral components of any building’s fire protection design. As we know, fire doors protect against the spread of fire and smoke within a building. Tragic fires have led to the revision of codes related to fire doors more recently, but with all the other responsibilities of running a large facility, fire Read more…

2 Major Firestop Issues in Commercial Buildings You Should Know About

Every year, thousands of injuries and fatalities are incurred as a result of structural fires. An NFPA report reveals that in 2011 the impact of structure fires is significant, resulting in 2,640 deaths, 15,635 injuries, and $9.7 billion in property damage! Wow! Many of these fire related deaths and damages can be attributed to poor Read more…

How Well Do You Know Compliant Firestop Installation?

Recently, we’ve talked a lot about compliant firestop on the blog. Test your knowledge with the quiz below: Are These Penetrations Compliant or Not? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Answers: 1. NOT COMPLIANT. In this instance, there are at least two different types of firestop product being used in conjunction on these penetrations. Mixing different Read more…

Bring On The Heat: Firestopping & Choosing UL Systems

Although firestop is necessary, there are also many different firestop manufacturers, products, and UL systems that come into play. This can make it an extremely challenging task. When it comes to firestopping; all joints and penetrations in rated assemblies must be protected by the appropriate listed system. If penetrations within your facility are not properly Read more…