Dec
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Choosing the correct roofing system for your facility may not be easy. There are many factors that should be taken into consideration based on the geographic location and other conditions of your facility. Protection against…

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Nov
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Early Suppression Fast-Response (ESFR) sprinklers are now commonly referred to as Suppression Mode Sprinklers. This is due to the fact that they are designed to actually extinguish a fire rather than to just control a…

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Oct
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In the November 2007, 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 in…

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Apr
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The use of fire pumps for fire protection is certainly not new – the initial NFPA Technical committee to establish uniform guidelines for proper and effective installation of fire pumps dates back to 1899. Over…

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Mar
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Plastics are increasingly being used in construction for their relatively low cost compared to other materials and as well as energy savings as an insulation material. Their use presents other challenges to the structure itself.…

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Feb
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Facts about Hailstorms: Hail develops during most mid-latitude thunderstorms, often melting before reaching the ground. Hail forms in the updraft of a thunderstorm with stronger storms producing larger hail. The updrafts pull the precipitation up…

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Jan
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In the November 2006, Sprinkler Age magazine featured its 19th 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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The recent release of the 2007 edition of NFPA 13 brought with it various changes with respect to general protection for Class I – IV commodities and miscellaneous occupancies. Organization of the standard has been…

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Nov
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Background Steam flooding as a fire extinguishing medium is a predecessor of water mist that was introduced in the early 1900’s. These early applications included oil refining and wood drying kilns. Water mist appeared in…

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Oct
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In our discussion of Ammonia refrigerated warehouses, we should begin with an understanding of what we are dealing with. ANSI/ASHRE-15 classifies Ammonia as a Group 2 Refrigerant – prominently a toxicity hazard. Your main concern…

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Sep
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During the construction, alterations or demolition of a building, the potential risk from fire is usually greater than when the building is fully occupied and functional. As work progresses, the introduction of combustibles such as…

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Jun
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The following summary provides guidance in assessing the thoroughness of inspection, maintenance and cleaning activities for equipment and systems related to commercial cooking equipment. Commercial Cooking Equipment Recommended Inspection, Maintenance and Cleaning Schedule Equipment /…

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May
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The 1946 film “It’s A Wonderful Life” was one of the best movies ever made. It starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. A friend of George’s was Sam Wainwright played by Frank Albertson. Sam was…

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Mar
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Bromochloroflourocarbons (Halons) were developed in the 1930s. Halon is low in toxicity, non-flammable, non-corrosive and very compatible with many materials. Halon has thermodynamic and physical properties that make it ideal as a fire extinguishing agent…

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Feb
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In the November 2006, Sprinkler Age magazine featured its 18th 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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Jan
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Automatic Sprinklers 1 in 16 million sprinklers will leak or accidentally discharge due to mechanical failure. Between 1 and 9 sprinklers are usually required to control a fire. Sprinklers are usually activated when the temperature…

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Dec
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Portable fire extinguishers can be a first line of defense in the early stages of a fire. With proper training, they can be very effective is preventing a small fire from growing rapidly out of…

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Nov
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Fire pumps and fire booster pumps are critical pieces of equipment when it comes to providing an adequate fire protection water supply for many industrial and commercial properties. Fire pumps are needed at sites where…

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