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 5-Step Life Safety Checklist

 5-Step Life Safety Checklist With spring around the corner, it’s a good time to evaluate your life safety components. Use the following life safety checklist to help get you started. Close the Gaps Fire and smoke gaps, that is In 2016, did contractors or others leave penetrations in your fire/ smoke walls? PREVENT’s Firestopping services are Read more…

5 LinkedIn Groups All Facility Managers Should Join

5 LinkedIn Groups All Facility Managers Should Join LinkedIn is an essential social media platform where employers and employees can connect with one another and stay updated with the latest news and events to further their individual interests. The social media website also proves to be excellent for researching and verifying information about potential candidates for hiring Read more…

Maintaining Fire Barriers

Maintaining Fire Barriers As a facility engineer, you know that maintaining fire barriers keeps smoke and other toxic gases from spreading around the building and allows occupants to evacuate safely. According to the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, any penetrations must be treated right away. The compartmentalization of smoke during a fire in the building Read more…

Firestopping Essentials for All FMs

Firestopping Essentials for All FMs How does firestopping work? All buildings are designed and built to compartmentalize smoke and flames if a fire occurs. This separation keeps the fire contained in the room of origin, allowing for safe evacuation of the remainder of the building. This design is compromised when holes are made in the Read more…

DIY Fire Door Inspections: What All FMs Need to Know

DIY Fire Door Inspections: What All FMs Need to Know In the sea of tasks each facility manager is responsible for, whether to complete fire door inspections in-house is often up for debate. While the DIY fire door inspections may seem feasible for your staff, is it the best option? Determining what is best for Read more…

Dos & Don’ts of Firestop Installation

Firestopping is an important part of maintaining and repairing your fire barriers. Without proper firestopping, penetrations that are left untreated can be deadly if a fire were to break out in the facility. There can be many different opinions on how to tackle firestopping projects, but those are likely never based on the facts or Read more…

5 Things Your Firestop Contractor Should Be Doing

Finding a specialty firestop contractor can take a lot of time and resources, so when you finally find one that you think is a good fit for your facility it can be a huge relief. You’ve likely scheduled some on-going maintenance with your contractor, and expect that they are doing the job in a timely, Read more…

New Year’s Resolution: Set up a Firestop Maintenance Program

The holiday season has ended, and the New Year is here. While you’re making resolutions for yourself personally, don’t forget to make resolutions for the workplace to help get 2016 started in the right direction. One of the resolutions we suggest this New Year is coordinating a firestop maintenance program to ensure facility safety and Read more…

Keep Your Fire Dampers Up to Code

Fire dampers are a life safety issue. They keep smoke and flames from spreading throughout a building, saving lives and preventing unnecessary injury, in case of a fire. Codes and Regulations The Joint Commission, the regulatory agency that accredits hospitals, requires that in-patient hospitals inspect their dampers every six (6) years. For non-inpatient care buildings, Read more…