Fire Sprinkler System Facts

February 18th, 2015

Fire-Sprinkler-System

Fire safety is nothing new in today’s society. Anyone who owns or manages a commercial building understands the importance of having a fire sprinkler system installed in the building. However, many of us only know some basic information about the fire sprinkler system that protects us everyday. Here are some facts about fire sprinkler systems.

Do you know when the first sprinkler system was first invented? Henry S. Parmalee created the first sprinkler back in 1874 in order to protect his piano factory from fires. In fact, a fire sprinkler system was used for the sole purpose of protecting the building from fire damage, instead of saving lives that were occupying the building. However, during the 1940s, America saw commercial building fires break out that took the lives of many civilians, which led to the invention of an automatic fire sprinkler system. These fires included:

  • The Coconut Grove Nightclub in Boston in 1942- 492 lives lost
  • The LaSalle Hotel in Chicago in 1946- 61 lives lost
  • The Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta in 1946- 119 lives lost

 

As time has gone on, building codes for commercial buildings have required an automatic fire sprinkler system to be installed to ensure the safety of building occupants.

So why is a fire sprinkler system so effective at saving lives? A fire sprinkler system not only alerts occupants of a fire, but keeps the fire contained and small. A sprinkler system is activated in the same area as the fire, and either water or foam is used to contain the flames while occupants evacuate the building. The National Fire Protection Association has created standards for fire sprinkler systems that companies use when designing and installing their systems. A fire sprinkler system should be installed throughout the building instead of only certain areas of a building to ensure full safety and function.

 

 

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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Types and Maintenance of Fire Extinguishers

February 11th, 2015

 

Fire-Extinguisher

 

When it comes to fire safety within the workplace, one of the most essential steps to take is to keep maintained fire extinguishers on the property at all times. Fire extinguishers can be one of the first lines of defensive when faced with an occupational fire and can help save lives in the process. However, there is important information for employees to know when dealing with fire extinguishers in order for the equipment to be fully effective.

 

Classes of Fire Extinguishers

 

 

 

  1. Class A- This type of fire extinguisher can be used on normal combustible materials. These materials include paper, wood, certain textiles, and certain plastics.
  2. Class B- This extinguisher is to be used on liquids that are flammable, such as oil and gasoline.
  3. Class C- When a fire involves electrical equipment that is live, this type of extinguisher should be used.
  4. Class D- This type of extinguisher is used when handling combustible metals. These different metals can include sodium, magnesium, and titanium.
  5. Class K- Commercial kitchens have this type of extinguisher available because it is designed for cooking fires. This includes fires involving grease, fat, and oil.

 

 

 

Maintenance of Fire Extinguishers

 

Fire extinguishers are required to undergo a visual inspection once every month to ensure proper working order. During these inspections, individuals should determine a number of things:

 

  1. The fire extinguishers are not hidden or blocked by clutter
  2. All mountings of fire extinguishers are up to NFPA standards
  3. Nozzles are not blocked
  4. The gauge of pressure is in appropriate spot
  5. Fire extinguishers are kept in designated areas
  6. Seals and pin have not been tampered with

 

 

 

 

 

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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The Need for a Kitchen Hood System

February 4th, 2015

Kitchen-Hood-System

Working in a commercial kitchen may seem like an overall safe environment, but in reality, a commercial kitchen environment can be very hazardous. Because of this, a commercial kitchen should have a kitchen hood system installed. A kitchen hood system will help suppress a surprise kitchen fire and help prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of your kitchen and restaurant. However, some who work in a commercial kitchen may not see the need for a kitchen hood system to be installed, or they may think they can install the system on their own to help save money. Both of these thoughts are wrong and quite dangerous for everyone working in the commercial kitchen environment. Commercial kitchen fires can occur quickly and burn extremely hot, making a kitchen hood system necessary for fire safety. If you attempt to install the kitchen hood system, you could install the system incorrectly leaving in ineffective. In fact, a poorly installed kitchen hood system can actually lead to a serious commercial kitchen fire.

The most common causes of commercial kitchen fires are as follows:

  • Installation- If a kitchen hood system or other ventilation system is installed incorrectly, materials used during installation could be left exposed. Materials such as wood that were used during installation and left exposed or too close to the cooking area can become ignited easily should a flame rise high enough. Cooking appliances that are installed too close together could also become a serious fire hazard.
  • Grease- After a period of time, grease from cooking tends to build along your cooking appliances. Failure to clean your ventilation systems and appliances properly can lead to the grease igniting and spreading.
  • Deep Frying- In the past, kitchens have used fats to deep fry their foods. However, fats can catch fire easier than other oils, making your fryer a serious fire hazard if not used properly.

 

 

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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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.

Air-Sampling-Smoke-Detection

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.

Be sure to “Like” and “Follow” the official Fireline page today on Google+FacebookTwitter, andLinkedIn.

 

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.

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

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