The Fire Triangle

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,[2] meaning … Continue reading The Fire Triangle

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Avoiding Electrical Fires

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

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Fire Alarm Basics

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

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Emergency Lighting in the Public Places

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

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Exit Lighting in Your Business

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

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