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Month: December 2016

Fire Safety Training with No Hassle

By Jennifer Shepherd
December 21, 2016 Category • General

The last time you probably participated in Fire Training was during your school years, when teachers would review, step by step, what to do and where to go in case of a fire. The school would also hold at least 1, if not 2, unannouced practice fire drill during the school year. After you leave school you typically no longer receive any type of formal fire safety training, unless youwork for an organization that requires an annual fire safety review by itself or as part of a workplace emergency and evacuation plan or fire safety protocols are imperative to your profession or job. Regardless of the industry you are in, fire safety training should be a vital part of your company. Regular fire safety training will help keep your employees, patrons, and assests safe. There are several basic components that EVERY employee should be familier with, including the following: Fire Alarm Loactions Fire Exits Sprinkler Systems Fire Extinguisher types, locations, and how to properly

Fire Sprinkler Freeze Failures

By Jennifer Shepherd
December 15, 2016 Category • Fire Sprinkler System Freeze

A Sprinkler Freeze Failure Scenario Sprinkler systems can malfunction when temperatures drop. When any portion of a sprinkler system is exposed to freezing temperatures, water in the piping can turn to ice, expand in volume, and produce thousands of pounds of pressure. The pressure can force sprinklers to operate and break fittings. As a result, water leaks or is discharged from the system when the ice thaws. Normally sprinkler system failures, due to freezing, arent discovered until after the water starts to cause damage because it is discharging. After a water discharge from a sprinkler system, building owners face property damage, business interruption, and irate tenants and customers. Most fire sprinkler contractors have the ability to eliminate the chances of a freeze failure with proper installation, but to make sure it never happens, building owners also need to be involved. Wet System Freeze Failures Most sprinkler systems are wet pipe systems, meaning that the piping is

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