Welcome to Fire Safe Life,
Fire Safe Life came about as a place for Fire Protection Professionals to come together and discuss fire prevention. We searched the Internet for a website that was open to everyone and after a thorough search we did not find it. We found many fire sprinkler sites that were run by big companies and governing bodies, but nothing for the rest of us.
Fire Safe Life wants all Fire Protection businesses and Fire Fighter’s to take part. Without your help this venture will not be possible. We would like readers to send in questions and have the pros answer them. This is a place to share and help each other.
Fire Safe Life is not here to change the world, but to spread the word on how important fire protection is to your community.
Fire Safe Life is open to all. If you have something to say, a question to ask, a story to tell, we would like to hear it. Let’s be helpful to the designer, the engineer and others that might need a little inspiration. We would like advice from our more experienced practitioners to make Fire Safe Life a pool of knowledge for all.
Would you like to Guest Post at Fire Safe Life, See our Guest Post Guidelines.
This is a guest post by D. Michael Kirby. If you want to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
In the United States and Canada, fire codes guide the design and construction of every building. Whether it’s a complex of apartments or condominiums; a warehouse or factory; or an office complex, everything must be constructed to code, and keeping residents or employees safe is an important concern.
Fire protection engineers are charged with maintaining the safety of structures, and the people living or working in those structures. That means designing both active and passive fire control methods, which will act to prevent fire expansion and damage at every level. So whether you’re designing a new building, or renovating an old one, hiring a fire protection design engineer should be high on your list.
Engineering to prevent and control fires is a complicated science; how can you implement the safest methods of fire protection, while keeping them unobtrusive and out of sight? And how do you anticipate the various ways that fires can start? Wherever there are people, there’s the potential for fire, and a good fire protection design engineer can anticipate the various methods in which people can accidentally start fires.
This is a guest post by Harry Mortensson. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
What is mezzanine floor fire protection and why is it necessary?
So called ‘fire protection’ is effectively insulation of the mezzanine floor steelwork to prevent it from heating up quickly in a fire. Unprotected steelwork heats up quickly and can suddenly collapse. Fire protection is specified for a certain period of time such as ‘half hour’, ‘1 hour’, ‘2 hour’ or ‘4 hour’. The time period refers to the time that the protected elements remain structurally sound in the event of a fire. The fire protection required for different parts of buildings is specified within the Building Regulations part B.
Fire protecting building elements in accordance with the regulations is a statutory requirement, protecting lives and property and enabling the fire brigade to assess how long they can safely fight a fire before a risk of collapse.
Providing fire protection to mezzanine floors is also referred to as ‘fire rating’ them, and a mezzanine floor fitted with fire protection may be referred to as ‘fire rated’.
Foreign Fire Sprinklers
A Guest Post Submitted By Mike W
Have you ever wondered about the use of fire sprinklers outside the U.S.? There are actually many countries that use and manufacture sprinkler heads. The use of sprinklers now spans the entire globe. Sprinklers can be found on every continent with Antarctica being a possible exception. However, sprinklers are not manufactured on every continent.
I have been collecting sprinkler heads for a little over six years, but I have recently gained a special interest in sprinklers from other countries. In January of 2009, I purchased my first foreign-made sprinkler heads. My first foreign heads were from England and Denmark. While Denmark is host to one manufacturer, “GW”, England is home to the most sprinkler companies outside of the U.S. These brands include: Mather & Platt (Grinnell), Atlas, Matthew Hall, Spraysafe, Wormald (British sector), Titan, Firekil, and Angus. Continue reading
In the beginning there was brass and it was good. Brass while a good metal for use in water, is was not suitable for corrosive atmospheres found in some industrial facilities.
I live near the coast in Florida and have seen many sprinklers installed in areas such as parking garages, apartment breeze ways, etc. All a nice shade of green. My company makes good money replacing heads in places such as this. Early on in the sprinkler industry they discovered this and worked to develop finishes and coating to protect against corrosion.