The fire triangle is a model for understanding the relationship of how the three main components of fire work together. The triangle illustrates the three elements a fire needs to ignite: heat, fuel, and an oxidizing agent (usually oxygen). A fire naturally occurs when the elements are present and combined in the right mixture, meaning … Continue reading The Fire Triangle
Everyone knows that fire extinguishers should be stored on every floor in the home and workplace, but owning and keeping it charged and inspected is one thing, but knowing the best place to put them is something else. Have you ever thought specifically about which rooms are the best to keep them? The kitchen is the … Continue reading Important Places to Keep a Fire Extinguisher Part I
Electrical fires are particularly hazardous, because they can spread quickly; and for this reason it’s essential that you pay attention to warning signs that can pop up. There are a number of causes for electrical fires: faulty wiring, malfunctioning appliances and overloaded circuitss being among the most common. If you find yourself in an emergency … Continue reading Avoiding Electrical Fires
Without a doubt the fire alarm system in your building is one of the most important parts of your building safety strategy. Without it, you’re putting the occupants in your building in danger, maybe even yourself. Additionally, damage that comes from fire can result in costly repairs that could have been reduced or eliminated with … Continue reading Fire Alarm Basics
With the responsibilities that come with being a business owner or building manager, it’s easy to neglect fire safety tests, and you probably haven’t given much thought as to the last time you had the fire protection system in your commercial building tested. Regular system testing is vital for adequate fire protection, and here are … Continue reading The Importance of Fire Safety System Testing
Emergency lighting is the lighting designed that identifies and illuminates places on a fire route like hallways, stairwells and exits, to help people safely evacuate from a building. Emergency lighting is required by code in nearly every commercial, industrial, educational, religious, institutional, public housing, medical and many other facilities whether for-profit or non-profit. Interestingly, OSHA … Continue reading Emergency Lighting in the Public Places
New home building has become less expensive over the years, and much of the reason can be attributed to cheaper building materials. One would like to assume that there are materials that require that these materials be safe, but the truth is otherwise. While firefighting techniques have made that job safer, and there has been … Continue reading Are modern building materials dangerous in a fire?
There are numerous regulatory agencies and codes that govern emergency lighting and exit sign requirements, among them Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), International Building Code and International Fire Code and the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). OSHA’s requirements for lighting and marking … Continue reading Exit Lighting in Your Business
If you don’t know how often to change out your smoke alarms or detectors, you are in good company. Surveys show that almost no Americans know that you should swap out your fire alarm every 10 years. And it’s something that has fire prevention specialists “alarmed.” Many in the industry will tell you that most Americans … Continue reading How often do I have to change my smoke detectors?
When it comes to fire protection for your business, there is no generic course of action. The fire protection you choose will be a function of the types of fires that can break out, the size of your building, the type of building it is, and how many employees you have, among other things. Nevertheless there are … Continue reading Fire Protection Plans for Businesses