All about Air Sampling Smoke Detection

January 23rd, 2015

When it comes to keeping your commercial building safe, there are a number of different systems that can be installed to protect against commercial fires. One of the more unique, but quickly growing, systems is a an air sampling smoke detection system. In environments where you traditional smoke detection would only alert to a fire already in progress, high sensitivity air sampling smoke detection recognizes the signs of a fire, sometimes even before the fire has ignited.

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An air sampling smoke detection system uses different methods to sense and alert you if smoke is present somewhere in the building. This type of early detection allows those within a commercial building to exit quickly and safely. Early detection will also allow those within the building to notify fire personnel quickly to prevent suppression system discharges, which could cost your company money. The air sampling smoke detection system is constantly sampling the air in each room of your building, and can detect changes in the air that could mean a fire.

There are three different types of air sampling smoke detection systems to choose from. These are:

 

  1. Ionization- This type of detection system alerts occupants within a building of combustible fires that occur quickly and without warning. This is typically found within a kitchen setting due to the risk of grease and cooking fires.
  2. Photoelectric- This type of detection system is best at detecting smoke occurring from a slow building fire.
  3. Dual Sensor- This type of system is the most recommended within a commercial building because it combines both ionization and photoelectric detection systems to provide your building with the highest level of smoke detection possible.

 

At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems to keep commercial buildings safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.

To get started with Fireline today, call us at 1-800-553-3405, or visit our contact page.

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Dorm Fire Safety Questions

January 16th, 2015

Fire-Safety-QuestionsAs the winter break begins to end, many college students are preparing to move back to their college dorm. While this is always a fun and exciting time for college students, they should also be aware of their safety within the dorm. When moving back to college, there are several fire safety questions that students should ask to ensure their safety during the upcoming semester. Here are some fire safety questions that college students should always seek answers to:

  1. Does each room include a smoke alarm? Your campus should be able to tell you yes and when their last service occurred.
  2. Are the halls and provided off-campus housing equipped with a fire sprinkler system? Once again, the answer should be yes and followed with the date of the last service and inspection.
  3. How many on-campus fires have occurred within the past year? The past 5? Campuses are beginning to keep better records of the fires that occur on campus, along with the details surrounding each incident.
  4. What are the consequences of a false alarm? It is not unheard of for college students to believe they are being funny and pull the fire alarm at odd hours of the night. You want to ensure that your campus will not take such reckless behavior lightly.
  5. When is the fire department notified when an alarm is activated? A proper fire alarm should signal your local fire department immediately upon activation.
  6. How often is safety inspections conducted? Safety inspections should be conducted regularly to ensure every room is meeting fire safety standards. You also want to ensure your fire alarms and sprinkler systems are functioning properly.
  7. What items are banned from dorms and residence halls? Candles, halogen lamps, burners, and smoking should be banned from all dorms and residence halls to prevent dorm fires.

 

At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems to keep commercial buildings safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out.

Fireline is proud to have worked closely with Towson State University in Maryland. TU is believed to be the only university in the nation to have a full sprinkler system installed.

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Preventing Workplace Fires

January 6th, 2015

Workplace-FiresAccording to fire safety statistics, the American workplace setting sees at least two hundred fires a day. Because of that high number, it also means that almost two hundred employees are killed, more than five thousand are injured, and nearly two billion dollars are spent each year because of workplace fires. While some of these fires are uncontrollable and unpreventable, many of these two hundred a day fires in the workplace could be prevented. Whether you work in an office space or a warehouse, there are always fire risks that surround you. However, these risks can be prevented if staff members use the proper precautions. So how are these workplace fires prevented?

  1. Always check cords and wires being used for appliances and equipment. Wires that are becoming frayed could cause a spark, which could lead to a workplace fire.
  2. Try to avoid using extension cords if possible. Extension cord misuse can increase your chances of a workplace fire.
  3. Avoid overloading your outlets and power strips. Too many appliances being plugged in and used at once can cause a fire or at least a power outage or shortage.
  4. If your business uses any type of chemicals, or even cleaning supplies, ensure they are stored properly. Read all labels and ensure the liquids are placed in an area that meets their safety needs. Also be sure to never store chemicals together that could become flammable or combustible.
  5. When preparing hot lunches in the office, only cook in designated areas. Hot plates and burners used within an office area could lead to a workplace fire, especially if not used correctly.
  6. Clean all equipment on a regular basis to prevent dust and organic material build up. A severe build up could leave your workplace more vulnerable to fires.
  7. Always smoke in the designated smoking areas. Never try to sneak smoking in areas that is prohibited. If you do choose to smoke, be sure to extinguish and dispose of your cigarettes properly and thoroughly.

 

At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems to keep commercial buildings safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out.

To get started with Fireline today, call us at 1-800-553-3405, or visit our contact page.

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4 Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems

December 30th, 2014

Fire Sprinkler Systems

It is best to have protection in commercial buildings in case of fire or smoke. Installing a sprinkler system is a good preventative measure to take. There are various types of fire sprinklers and below are descriptions of these so you know which one is best suited for your commercial building.

Pre-action

Pre-action fire sprinkler systems are filled with air and water is allowed to pass through when the smoke alarm or detector goes off. This type of system requires two triggers to start water flow. It helps greatly that the pre-action fire sprinkler can be set to prevent water from spouting in case of a false alarm or a mechanical failure. The pre-action system is good for use in places where the sprinklers are only necessary when there is an actual fire so other items in the building do not get water damage from an accidental sprinkling. Such buildings include libraries and data centers. These places contain items of high value like electronics and goods damageable by water such as books

Dry Pipe

Dry pipe sprinklers are similar to pre-action systems as they use pressurized air in the pipe which exits before water escapes. This causes a minute delay in water discharge but is ideal for buildings with low temperatures so the pipes do not freeze. These fire sprinkler systems have a fast opening tool to get rid of the air and speed up the flow of water. Warehouses located in the north are a good example of what buildings should use dry pipe sprinklers.

Wet Pipe

Wet pipe fire sprinklers constantly have water in them. This allows for a quick reaction to a fire and is the most common type of sprinkler installed in buildings. A type of building that uses the wet pipe system is a high-rise or office building with a few floors. This fire sprinkler system is cost efficient and low maintenance.

Deluge

These types of fire sprinkler systems also need a smoke or heat detector like the pre-action system. A deluge system has open nozzles that can be used when a hazard is present. When flammable liquids are spread across a floor, deluge fire sprinklers are good to have. In that case, buildings such as industrial parks and buildings with many tanks have deluge fire sprinkler systems installed.

At Fireline, we offer an array of fire sprinkler systems and fire detection systems to keep your business safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep you safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

To get started with Fireline today, call us at 1-800-553-3405, or visit our contact page.

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Sources -http://www.ifcgroup.com/fire-engineering/sprinkler-system-design/types-of-sprinkler-system.html

http://wiginton.net/pdf/Wiginton-Fire-Protection.pdf

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Preventing Commercial Fires this Winter Season

December 17th, 2014

Commerical FiresThe winter season is almost here, which means Maryland residents are beginning to brace themselves for another year of frigid temperatures. As the risk for commercial fires continues to increase, building and business owners should be sure to educate their staff on commercial fires and how to prevent them from occurring. When people here are about winter or holiday fires, they typically imagine a residential fire caused by cooking or a Christmas tree. What people fail to realize is that many of those winter fires are actually commercial fires.

Here are some simple ways to prevent commercial fires from occurring in your building or office space:

  1. Only prepare food in designated areas. Many commercial buildings include an area that is designated specifically for preparing food, which means hot plates and portable burners should never be used outside of those areas. When preparing food, even in a microwave, the staff member should remain in the area at all times.
  2. Do not allow space heaters in your commercial building. If the argument is raised that space heaters are a must for the cold weather, all team members should be educated on how to use the appliance properly. A space heater should never be used in a room or area that is unoccupied. Team members should also never use a space heater around flammable objects or materials.
  3. Never allow smoking within your commercial building. During the winter months, those who smoke are less willing to stand in the cold in order to smoke, which leaves your building vulnerable to commercial fires.
  4. Be aware of the number of extension cords and power strips being utilized at once. Overusing a power strip is a very common cause of commercial fires. Never use cords or wires that seem damaged or frayed, for they can also lead to commercial fires.
  5. Have your smoke detectors and sprinkler systems installed and maintained by Fireline. This will ensure your systems are in working order at all times in the event a commercial fires should occur in your building.

At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems to keep commercial buildings safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out.

To get started with Fireline today, call us at 1-800-553-3405, or visit our contact page.

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