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.

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Commercial Fires: Common Causes

December 10th, 2014

Commercial Fires

Commercial fires are quite common in the United States. In fact, the United States averages around 80,000 commercial fires occur each year. With these annual fires, the nation sees about 18,000 injuries, 3,000 fatalities, and at least 10 billion dollars in damages. While some of these commercial fires occur from causes beyond anyone’s control, about 85 percent of commercial fires take place because of error or intent by someone. It is always helpful for those who own or work in commercial buildings to understand the common causes of these commercial fires and how to prevent them.

Common Causes of Commercial Fires

  1. Kitchen- While a kitchen fire is normally associated with only residential fires; they are actually the most common cause of any fire throughout the nation. Commercial fires that occur due to cooking are typically caused by workers preparing food away from designated kitchen areas.
  2. Electric- When people think of electrical fires, they commonly believe they are caused by the error of electricians. However, this is not the case at all. These commercial fires are typically created due to an overloaded system or a building contractor who has violated electrical codes.
  3. Heaters & Boilers- These commercial fires are commonly found when boilers, heaters, and furnaces have been neglected and lack maintenance. These fires are also found when buildings use these areas for storage.
  4. Smoking- While smoking is no longer the leading cause of fires in the nation, it still proposes a problem. Commercial fires typically begin in areas that have been designated for smoking or when staff attempt to sneak a smoke break within the building.
  5. Arson- While these commercial typically occur in buildings that are abandoned or left unused, they will still cause serious damage and cost building owners a large amount of money.
  6. Storage- Many commercial fires begin because staff and workers use improper storage methods. These methods tend to place flammable materials in contact with a heat source, creating the perfect scenario for a fire.

 

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.

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Data Center Fires: How Rare are they?

December 5th, 2014

Data Center Fires

Recently, a facility manager made a comment stating that fires in data centers are rare. In response to these naïve comments, Onward and Upward decided to highlight three recent data center fires to show that these fires do happen more often than some may believe. This is to show those who work in these centers that data center fires do occur, and preparation is essential to help keep everyone safe.

  1. February 18th, 2014- This is the first example of data center fires highlighted by Onward and Upward. In this case, a failed transient-voltage surge suppressor located in the basement of the Hoover State Office Building caused damage and smoke. While the TVSS was unused at the time, it was still fully powered. When the TVSS failed, an employee was able to activate a release station manually, which then activated about 2,400 pounds of “FM-200 clean fire-suppressing agent” to be discharged on the basement level along with the floor above the data center. Once this was trigged, power to equipment was shut off by an emergency circuit. Due to the fire sprinkler and alarm system installed within the center, the fire was extinguished by the time local fire authorities arrived on the scene.
  2. March 19th, 2014- In the case of an Iowa data center fire, a capacitor failed within a cabinet of a UPS (uninterruptible power supply). This failure caused smoke to pour into the enclosed area. A fire suppression system was in place at the time of the fire, which then released close to 385 pounds of the clean agent. Upon the arrival of local fire authorities, the fire had been extinguished, leaving the building unharmed. However, it took nearly two days to locate the malfunctioned portion within the larger unit.
  3. September 18th, 2014- Within a data room in Des Moines, a malfunctioning coil to an air conditioning system became overheated, causing a fire that was fed by paper filaments and dust surrounding the coil. Two separate smoke detecting systems sensed the fire, releasing nearly 275 pounds of the clean agent to extinguish the flame.

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

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Winter Dorm Fire Safety

December 1st, 2014

Dorm Fire Safety

As the temperatures continue to drop, college students throughout Maryland are preparing themselves for dorm life during the winter season. It is important for both new and current students to remember these dorm fire safety tips, not only during the winter months but year round, to ensure safety at all times on college dorms and campuses.

  1. Students should know where the closest fire extinguisher is located near their dorm room.
  2. Students should have at least two established exit routes in the case of a fire.
  3. Once assigned a room, students should ensure their room has a sprinkler and smoke detector system. Ask your RA to determine if your detector system is functioning properly.
  4. Discuss fire procedures and policies with your RA.
  5. Avoid using any type of open flame in your dorm room. This includes smoking and lighting candles.
  6. Never cover lamps or other light sources with fabric to prevent room fires.
  7. As hard as it might be, work to keep your dorm clear of clutter. A messy room will only help a fire spread while also making it difficult for emergency personnel to make a rescue if needed.
  8. Never light candles in your dorm room.
  9. If you choose to decorate your walls, only cover 25% of the wall space. Wall décor will only help a fire spread.
  10. Any cooking taking place within your dorm room should be monitored at all times.

Specifically during the winter months, space heaters are popular appliances within dorm rooms to help keep students warm. While space heaters are helpful, they can also be hazardous if precautions are not used. Here are some dorm fire safety tips regarding space heaters directly.

  1. Never cover a space heater with any time of fabric.
  2. Keep all flammable and combustible materials away from space heaters while in use.
  3. If you think you may fall asleep, be sure to turn off your space heater.
  4. Turn off your space heater when leaving your dorm for any amount of time.

 

At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems to keep your family and friends safe this holiday season. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your home and business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. 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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Holiday Cooking Fire Safety Tips

November 20th, 2014

Holiday Cooking Fires

With Thanksgiving knocking on our doorsteps, the holiday season is right around the corner for everyone. The holiday season means holiday parties, holiday shopping, and plenty of holiday cooking. With so much time being spent in the kitchen, homes are at a higher risk for cooking fires. Here are some tips on how to avoid a holiday cooking fire in your kitchen.

  1. Keep children out of the kitchen when holiday cooking is taking place. Children can easily cause spills, which could lead to a holiday cooking fire.
  2. When working around an open flame or heated surface, remove any paper or plastic materials from the area.
  3. When grilling, frying, or boiling food, never leave the stove unattended. You are working with flammable grease and oil at high temperatures, making the situation vulnerable to a holiday cooking fire. Should you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or ask a family member to watch the stove.
  4. Be aware of foods left to boil or simmer on your stovetop. While these items are a tad safer to leave unattended, it’s important to monitor your food while setting a timer to avoid burns.
  5. Never wear long sleeves while cooking over an open flame. Clothing can easily catch flame, causing an unwanted and dangerous holiday cooking fire.
  6. Should a fire occur on your stovetop, turn off the heat source if you can do so safely. Then slide a lid over your pan or pot to smother the flames. Never try to remove the pot or pan from the stove while flames or smoke are visible.
  7. Should an oven fire occur, keep the door to the oven closed and turn off the heat source if you can do so safely.
  8. Should a holiday cooking fire occur, call your local fire department immediately. Ensure that all family members and friends know safe ways to leave your home should a fire occur.

When a holiday cooking fire is possible, your home should have a portable fire extinguisher on hand at all times. A Class K extinguisher is best used in scenarios involving flammable cooking materials such as grease or oil.

At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems to keep your family and friends safe this holiday season. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your home and business 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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