What is Fire Alarm Monitoring?

Most people are familiar with fire alarms, where occupants inside a building are able to be notified when a fire is present. Fire alarms are a key component to the safety of the building, employees, visitors, and the structure itself. What some people are unaware of is taking the safety step further with fire alarm…

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Why Do Fire Sprinkler Systems Need Inspections?

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Installing a fire sprinkler system in your facility is a great first step for protecting your property. However, you cannot install a fire sprinkler system and then not touch it for years to come with the expectation that it will perform when it is needed. Sprinkler systems need regular inspections to assure that the system…

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Common Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems

There are 4 common types of fire sprinkler systems that can be used to save lives and protect your property. The type of fire sprinkler system that is installed in your facility will vary depending on the type of application you have and the hazards you need to protect. Fire sprinklers are one of the…

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Fire Alarm Inspections & Testing

Just like any other component of your building’s fire protection scheme, your fire alarm system needs to be inspected on a regular basis to help prevent system failure. Early warning of a fire is critically important for the people inside your facility. Getting your systems regularly inspected and tested will help to ensure that your…

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Fire Prevention Week 2021

On October 9th, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. Every year in commemoration of the fire, Fire Prevention Week is observed. This year Fire Prevention Week is October 3rd – October 9th.  During Fire Prevention…

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Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

Commercial buildings such as offices, retail centers, multifamily residential buildings and hotels need effective fire alarm systems to keep employees, residents, and guests safe. Early detection and warning of a fire buy the critical time needed for people inside the building to escape safely. Designing a Commercial Fire Alarm System Fire alarm systems should be…

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What Makes Up Life Safety Systems?

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8 Important Life Safety Components Life safety systems are made up of several components that are all designed to promote the safety of the occupants of a building. Having the proper life safety equipment in your building is important to protect your facility and the people in it from fires, break-ins, or other emergency situations.…

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Fire Prevention Week 2020

On October 9th, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. Since 1922, the NFPA has been recognizing Fire Prevention Week during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the fire. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October…

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What Makes a Great Fire Alarm System?

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There is no question that fire alarms play a vital role in any life safety system. A fire alarm system provides early warning of a fire, allowing people to evacuate a building safely. Basic Alarm System Components Any basic fire alarm system will include the following components: Fire alarm control panel Initiation devices Notification devices…

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What is a Pre-action Sprinkler System?

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A pre-action sprinkler system is a combination of wet and dry pipe sprinkler systems. During normal circumstances, a pre-action sprinkler system is dry, with no water in the sprinkler pipes. When a fire is detected, the pre-action valve which holds the water back is released and water fills the sprinkler pipes. Then each sprinkler head…

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