Posts by Anon

Connecting Your Home to the Fire Department

There is a lot we can do to prevent and reduce fires, but what about those circumstances over which we have no control? For instance, what will you do if a fire breaks out at your home when you’re not there? Who will call the fire department? One measure of protection you can take is…

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Smartphone technology and fire prevention

Smartphones have made life so much better in so many ways, but you couldn’t come up with a better way to make the best of them than by linking them to your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Wouldn’t it be great to have real time knowledge of fires in your home even when you’re…

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Spring cleaning and fire prevention

Spring is upon us and while many are enjoying the warm weather, it’s also a time to get things done, namely, spring cleaning. From a fire prevention point of view spring cleaning is also an ideal time to take extra precaution measures. Among the things you should think about are: 1. Changing batteries in smoke…

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Is passive fire protection enough?

Passive fire protection has become the de facto front line defense in containing fires and preventing loss of life in a fire in high rise buildings. This means emphasized reliance on detection and egress. Many are starting to rethink this in recent years though. One reason for the change in attitude comes from the fact…

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Active fire protection and passive fire protection

As the title suggests, fire protection is classified into two parts: active and passive. Though they are distinct, they are meant to work in unison in a fire emergency. But first some definitions. Active fire protection are those fire prevention systems that require an action to work properly. Actions would include doing something physically or…

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Interesting facts about fires, Part I

The Fire Triangle. In order to have a fire, you need three things: oxygen, intense heat and a combustible. If any one of these components is absent, you can’t have a fire. Fire suppression systems must attack at least one of these. Water methods reduce the heat, chemical methods and blankets reduce oxygen, etc. Most…

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Responding to kitchen fires in commercial establishments

Just because there is a fire in the kitchen, it doesn’t mean you have to call the fire department. The first step should be to assess the problem, then take the necessary steps. If the fire is confined to the oven, it can probably be be safely extinguished by closing the oven door. Just put…

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Fire prevention in restaurants

With the abundance of open flames, hot equipment, electrical appliances, and oil all coming together in a small, hectic environment, restaurants present a considerable fire risk. Most fires  in restaurants involve cooking equipment, and in most places in the United States special fire suppressions designed for restaurants must be in place.  These systems work by…

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Water fire extinguishers

Have you ever thought about how a fire extinguisher works? The three most common types of fire extinguishers include water, dry chemical, and carbon dioxide, and today we will discuss the water variety. As you might have expected, most of the tank in a water fire extinguisher is filled with water. Additionally, there a canister…

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Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems Part I

While fire sprinkler systems are the most common type of fire protection systems for commercial buildings, electronics can pose other problems that are not appropriate for conventional systems. Water can damage to places like control centers, power plants, and offices with computers that store essential documents and provide vital services. For buildings, with lots of…

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