Life Safety

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…

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…