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Automatic sprinkler systems are often considered the most significant component of a building fire protection strategy. When properly designed, installed and maintained, an automatic sprinkler system can control a fire and significantly reduce deaths, injuries and property damage. However, sprinkler systems have their limitations, and their performance can be affected by factors not linked to the initial design or installation of the sprinkler system. This article explores automatic sprinkler system failure data to identify and discuss causes of unsatisfactory sprinkler performance.

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The need to provide safety equipment for possible fires in restaurants is based on the actual fire problem and statistics. The latest statistical information was developed from data collected from 2007 to 2009 in the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)1 . Here are some highlights of those statistics: • An estimated 5,900 restaurant building fires occur annually in the United States • These fires result in an estimated 75 injuries and $172 million in property loss • The leading […]

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In our blog last January, we published information about a new law that went into effect.  In that article, it mentioned, “The new law requires homeowners to begin phasing out old battery-operated smoke alarms. When people replace their smoke alarms, according to the legislation, they must reinstall a detector with a non-removable and non-replaceable, lithium battery that lasts at least 10 years.” After a Sept. 1 fire that killed a woman and her three grandchildren in a Tampa home without alarms, the law has come under scrutiny. […]

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The other day, I saw in the news that a Tampa area family had a house fire and two children perished along with their mother. Their home had no smoke alarm.

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Last May 23rd, a condominium complex in Tampa had a fire thought to be caused by lightning. Residents said they could smell smoke right after the lightning strike but could not find any fire.

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Kidde Recalls Disposable Plastic Fire Extinguishers Due to Failure to Discharge Recall date: FEBRUARY 12, 2015 Recall number: 15-079 Hazard: A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury. Remedy: View Details Replace Consumer Contact: Kidde toll-free at (855) 283-7991 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on Safety Notice for more information. […]

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It’s comforting to know you have a fire extinguisher in your home, office or car. But is this sense of security true, or false? Should the need arise and you grab that extinguisher in an emergency, what if it doesn’t work? – Oops! Not good. So how do you make sure this can’t happen? Simple – follow these steps: 1. For all powder-type fire extinguishers, you should get in the habit of checking it once a month. Turn it upside down and shake to […]

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Responsibility for the maintenance of fire and life safety systems (essential safety measures) in a building ultimately lies with the building owner. Building Owners need to be aware of their obligations.

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Fire engines, also known as fire trucks, have come a very long ways through history. The first fire engines, which appeared in the 17th century, were simply tubs carried on runners, long poles, or wheels; water was still supplied to the fire site by bucket brigade. The tub functioned as a reservoir and sometimes housed a hand-operated pump that forced water through a pipe or nozzle to waiting buckets. The invention of a hand-stitched leather hosepipe in the Netherlands about 1672 enabled fire fighters […]

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After more than ten years of planning, Clearwater Fire Station No. 45 located at 1140 Court Street, finally opened on January 26th . The 33,000-square-foot brick, three-story, four-bay facility cost $11,592,885. The building is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, with winds in excess of 150 mph. It will be home to 30 staff members and will house a number of emergency service divisions, including Operations, EMS, Special Operations, Fire Prevention, Health and Safety and Fire Administration. It is also equipped with one […]

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