The Crisis of Not Caring: the Brazilian National Museum Fire

“The loss of the National Museum’s collection is insurmountable for Brazil.” Those were the words of President Michel Temer in the hours after a massive fire ripped through a collection of over twenty million priceless artifacts spanning 11,000 years of human and science history exhibited in the National Museum of Brazil. Initial estimates have placed the total loss at approximately 90% …

Backflow Prevention Testing 101: 5 Fast Facts

You may or may not have realized, but there are up to 30 million cases of illness linked to waterborne bacteria and contamination documented every year. Having clean water at your worksite, commercial building, or residential center is essential to good health. In order to keep your water clean and safe, you need to implement a few simple backflow prevention …

What Is Involved in a Fire Alarm Inspection?

Is it time for a fire alarm inspection? You depend on your fire alarm system to provide the first line of defense in saving a building’s occupants from fire. In order to protect your employees, you need to make sure that yours is working properly. If you decide that it’s time to have your system inspected, do you know what …

Common Fire Extinguisher Types and What They Are Used For

Have you ever feared a house fire? In 2015 alone, the U.S. Fire Administration recorded approximately 380,900 residential fires, with around 1,800 of them proving fatal. It’s statistics like these that make people worry they could suffer a house fire on any given day. It’s a common concern. That’s why it’s imperative for you to look for ways to prepare yourself …

4 Things to Consider When Selecting Emergency Lighting

When constructing a building, there are many concerns that need to be taken into consideration. Otherwise, as a building or property owner, you can end up with serious problems on your hands, from safety concerns to potential lawsuits. Whether it’s alarms, fire sprinkler systems, or smoke detectors, there are many safety measures that should be considered during the construction process. Also …

The Importance of a Commercial Fire Sprinkler System

It is estimated that over 86,000 fires occur in non-residential buildings each year. These fires have led to dozens of deaths, hundreds of injuries, and billions of dollars in damages. Fires can largely be avoided, but as is part of life, sometimes mistakes and accidents can happen. This is especially true in commercial buildings, where there’s a lot going on …

Myths vs Facts About Your Fire Sprinkler System

Contrary to popular belief, fire sprinkler systems are not just a product of the modern age. They’ve actually been around for longer than you may realize. In fact, the first system was built over 120 years ago. Frederick Grinnell received his first automatic fire sprinkler patent as far back as 1881. With this long history, many popular myths and common …

A Quick Guide on How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are a lot like emergency services — you don’t take much notice of them until you need them. After all, they’re in almost every building you pass through on any given day. Chances are, each day, you walk by dozens without knowing it. But do you know how to use one should the situation arise? Surprisingly, many don’t. …

How to Test a Smoke Detector Quickly and Correctly

A smoke detector is one of the most important items in a home or building. This early warning device helps alert those inside to fire or dangerous smoke and gives them time to effectively respond, which according to the size and scope of the fire, may crucially include an evacuation procedure. If you’re a building owner, you’re well aware that …

5 Aspects of a Fire Hydrant Repair

There are over seven million fire hydrants in the United States. With so many in service in nearly every city across the country, some are bound to experience issues, which can lead to complicated problems when it comes time to use them. That’s why fire hydrant repair is so important. So what can cause damage to a fire hydrant? What …