Mar
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports annually on large-loss fires and explosions that occurred in the United States the year before. Those fires are defined as events that result in property damage of at…

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Feb
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In their November/December 2017 issue, Sprinkler Age magazine featured its Annual Legislative Review for the United States and Canada. This summary of legislation and codes offers an overview of regulations affecting the fire sprinkler industry…

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Dec
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Kidde recently identified a potential product safety issue related to certain models of its fire extinguishers. As a result, the company is voluntarily recalling these extinguishers. The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers…

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Nov
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Rising concern over cybersecurity is being driven by high-profile data breaches and the growing realization that potential revenue losses from cyber risks can rival those of business interruptions and natural disasters. The scale of cyber…

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Aug
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David William Horton was born June 6, 1955. David William Horton, resident of San Diego since 1986, passed away on August 10, 2017. He had battled small cell cancer of the prostate since November 2017.…

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Jun
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The benefits of an Electrical Preventive Maintenance (EPM) program at an industrial or commercial facility are well known. In our January 2005 article “Electrical Testing,” we explained that deterioration of electrical equipment is normal, but…

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Feb
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With the advent of today’s electronics devices comes a new power source: rechargeable lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries. The technology of Li-ion batteries packs a decided punch in that the power to weight ratio (power density)…

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Jan
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What is an oxidizer? It can be a solid or a liquid. It yields oxygen or other oxidizing gas and can react to promote or initiate combustion of combustible materials. Under some circumstances, it can…

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Nov
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In their November/December 2016 issue, Sprinkler Age magazine featured its Annual Legislative Review for Canada. This summary of legislation and codes offers an overview of regulations affecting the fire sprinkler industry in individual Canadian provinces.…

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Aug
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Tornadoes can cause severe property damage with squalls that can have internal wind speeds of up to 300 mph. They can be extremely destructive due to the very high pressures. The land area affected by…

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May
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Code Officials are fining companies that do not comply with High Piled Storage Regulations in cities across the United States. Officials in Houston, San Diego, Riverside, San Jose, Denver and Seattle seem to be leading…

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Mar
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The wind-uplift capacities of standing seam roof systems vary considerably depending on the components used. Similar systems in appearance can have very different uplift resistances. Two roofs can be exposed to the same wind load,…

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Feb
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Water tanks for fire protection (whether suction tanks for fire pumps, pressure tanks or gravity tanks) are sometimes needed where: a water utility cannot provide adequate flow, pressure and/or duration for a site, if it…

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