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Is Tech Making Fire Damper Inspections Better or Worse

Is Tech Making Fire Damper Inspections Better or Worse Technology has given us immense convenience and flexibility. However, in the case of fire dampers that are installed in facilities such as hospitals, colleges and universities, and company offices, there are mixed reviews. While advances in technology have led to improved manufacturing and process efficiency capabilities, it Read more…

 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…

Benefits of Hiring Local Life Safety Contractors

Benefits of Hiring Local Life Safety Contractors Visits from The Joint Commission or other AHJs are usually unexpected. If there are areas of your facility that have been neglected, you could be facing hefty fines or consequences when an AHJ is in the facility surveying. Having local life safety contractors nearby staff can help eliminate 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…

Cinco Tips for Fire and Smoke Damper Compliance

Fire and smoke damper compliance a critical component of your active and passive fire protection system. If dampers are inoperable during a fire, this allows smoke to spread much more quickly, decreasing the chances of survival amongst building occupants. Compliant dampers protect egress routes allowing occupants more time to escape. Although damper maintenance is required Read more…

Are Your Fire Dampers Costing Your Facility Extra Money, Too?

Many facility managers have their fire dampers inspected every 4-6 years as they are required. But does waiting so long cost you more money in the long run? Fire dampers directly affect your HVAC system in a few ways: When a damper fails to open after a test of the alarm system, the air flow 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…