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Fire Prevention Planning Is The First Step To Fire Protection

This is a guest post by Dean K. is a freelance writer. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

Fire protection starts with fire prevention. The best protection we have against fires is to minimize the chances of a fire occuring. There are several simple but very effective fire prevention measures that can be used in the home.

1. Do not smoke when tired, in bed or on medication. This might appear to be a very basic suggestion but, in reality, the number of fires caused by lighted cigarettes is on the increase every year. Medication can dull the senses as can tiredness. The risk of a dropped cigarette on bed linen or furniture is greatly increased in this situation.

2. Get in the habit of performing a routine bedtime check. Develop the habit of ensuring that all electrical appliances are unplugged. Extinguish or block all open fires. Empty ashtrays. Close all doors in order to impede the possible spread of smoke and fire. Performing a routine safety check every night before going to bed could be the difference between life and death.

3. Smoke alarms should be placed in all rooms except for bathrooms and kitchen areas. Install heat sensors in food preparation areas. Smoke alarms should be checked regularly and the batteries changed every year. Check that appropriate fire extinguishers and fire blankets are easily accessible. The fire extinguishers should be serviced yearly.

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Mezzanine Floors and Fire Protection

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’.

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Failure of CPVC piping

CPVC fire sprinkler pipe. Why do we use it? This is a product that the fire protection industry has used for years, but now we seem to be seeing it fail at an increasing rate. What is causing this? There is an excellent article on this that I feel all should read. It can be found on the web at:

Failures in CPVC piping

It identified 4 basic causes of failure. Contamination, Installation practices, Manufacturing defects, and other. Of all of these contamination is the most prevalent and also in so many ways beyond our control. If we get a good product that is not defective, If it was shipped and stored properly, Then we have to make sure that the installer is well trained and all of our products are compatible with the pipe. But after that we are at the mercy of so many others.

Therefore it is important to document the products we use and practice good CYA in informing the customer of the risks associated with possible contamination of the pipe by other trades and by service personal after the project is turned over to the owner.

What is the best material used to extinguish fires?

What is the best material available to man to use in fire protection systems? Oxidane, Hydrogen oxide, Dihydrogen monoxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydroxylic acid, Hydroxic acid H2O or just plain old WATER? Actually all the items listed are just water!

We are in the business of putting water on fires. Either as a fire sprinkler contractor or fire fighter. We both employ specialized equipment whose only purpose is to get water on the fire in many different ways.

What makes water such a great fire fighting medium? Both as liquid water and as vaporized steam, water has properties that make it good for firefighting. Water has a high capacity for holding heat. Thus when applied to a fire, water carries the heat away and reduces the fuel’s temperature. When water absorbs enough heat it turns to steam which is effective in displacing oxygen and starving the fire.

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