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#108 - The Benefits of Institutional Fire Sprinklers in Correctional Facilities and Secure Environments

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/15/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Escutcheons
Tamper-resistant fire sprinklers are essential in prisons, jails, mental health facilities, and other secured environments. QRFS explains how institutional fire sprinkler heads can help prevent vandalism, suicide, accidental discharges and other incidents that involve tampering with an automatic fire safety system.

#107 - The Use of Antifreeze in Fire Protection Systems

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/8/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Regulatory
After a series of incidents in which antifreeze ignited after sprinklers deployed during a fire, NFPA investigated and began issuing new guidelines for its use in 2010. QRFS explains the current status of using antifreeze in fire protection systems, as well as alternatives for freeze protection.

#106 - The Benefits of Concealed Fire Sprinklers in Cleanrooms and Sanitary Environments

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/1/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
Cleanrooms that are used in manufacturing, research, and medical facilities require fire sprinkler systems that are easy to clean without damaging the sprinkler heads. QRFS details the benefits of fire sprinkler cover plates in cleanrooms and other highly-sanitary environments.

#104 - Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: Maintaining Home Fire Sprinklers is Simple

Posted by Jason Hugo on 4/17/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Residential fire sprinklers are simple and easy to maintain, and they can last for decades with minimal care. But the specific maintenance requirements depend on the type of system and the components that are installed. We take a look at how to maintain different systems, including the essential "don'ts" that ensure home sprinklers will work in an emergency.

#103 - Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: Guide to Installing Home Fire Sprinklers (Part 3)

Posted by Jason Hugo on 4/10/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In the last installment of our series covering the installation of home fire sprinklers, we reviewed some of the main components of residential fire sprinklers, including the water supply, pumps, and sprinkler head types and placement. In this piece, we complete our look at major sprinkler system components, examining piping, valves, and alarms.

#102 - Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: Guide to Installing Home Fire Sprinklers (Part 2)

Posted by Jason Hugo on 4/3/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In Part 2 of our Residential Fire Sprinkler Installation series, we cover some of the many components that are part of a home fire sprinkler system: The types of fire sprinkler heads and their distribution; how the water supply is determined and applies to standalone or multipurpose systems; and the use of pumps, tanks, and other possible items that can be used in a system.

#101 - How to Temporarily Stop a Damaged or Activated Fire Sprinkler Head

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/27/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Fire sprinkler systems are incredibly reliable and effective, but several things can cause an accidental discharge, including vandalism or negligence. QRFS examines why fire sprinklers go off at the wrong time and how a simple $50 solution -- the Shutgun -- can prevent thousands of dollars in water damage.

#100 - Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: Guide to Installing Home Fire Sprinklers (Part 1)

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/13/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In the first part of our series about installing residential fire sprinklers, QRFS reviews the two major types of residential sprinkler systems -- standalone vs. multipurpose -- what to consider if installing fire sprinklers in a new home or retro-fitting into an existing home, and what to look for when hiring a contractor. 

#99 - Residential Fire Sprinklers: Ultimate Home Fire Safety Solution!

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/6/2018 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Residential fire sprinkler systems can mean life or death in a house fire. The systems are reliable and inexpensive, so why don't more homes have them? In this blog post, we examine residential fire statistics, the impact of residential sprinklers, and some FAQs about home fire sprinklers. We look closer at cost and safety statistics, as well as maintenance required with these systems. 

#87 -- Complete Guide to Fire Sprinkler Signs and System Marking

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/14/2017 to Fire Inspections
NFPA requires many signs in a fire sprinkler system. Learn about them all to ensure your system is properly marked. Why? So first responders, building managers, and fire professionals all access a well-marked, easy-to-navigate fire protection system. 

#86 -- Draining a Fire Sprinkler System: Main Drain, Auxiliary Drain, and More!

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/7/2017 to Valves
Why would a fire protection system need to be drained? There are many reasons. This article discusses four common reasons and details the various types of drains necessary to safely and effectively drain a sprinkler system. Included is a detailed breakdown of the primary drain valves in a sprinkler system: main drains, auxiliary drains, sectional drains, test drains, and more. 

#84 -- What is Hydrostatic Testing of a Building’s Fire Protection System?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 11/23/2017 to Contractor Tools
Learn how and when hydrostatic testing is conducted on standpipes and sprinkler systems. 

#77 -- How to Select a Fire Sprinkler Contractor or Fire Protection Company

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 10/5/2017 to Fire Protection Companies
In this article, we'll figure out what you should look for when selecting a fire sprinkler contractor or company. We'll discuss the importance of looking at their work history, obtaining customer references, state certification and licensure requirements, and help you decide what questions you should be asking.

#75 -- Fire Sprinkler Systems: History, Types, and Uses

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 9/21/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In this article, we’ll take a step back from looking at individual system components so we can gain a better understanding of fire sprinkler systems as a whole. We’ll discuss the various types of sprinkler systems - including wet, dry, preaction, and deluge fire sprinkler systems -  and their intended uses. 

#72 -- The History of Life Safety Code: NFPA 101, NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, and NFPA 13D

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/31/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In this article we'll look at the history of the NFPA and life safety code to gain a better understanding of the various versions and their differences.

#71 -- When to Replace Fire Sprinkler Heads in a Fire Sprinkler System?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/24/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
The best way to identify issues with fire sprinkler heads is through regular inspections, testing, and maintenance. But when should you perform and of the aforementioned procedures? How do you know when to test or replace them? In this article, we'll help you answer all of your most burning questions!

#58 - Which Fire Sprinkler Head Cover Plate Do I Need?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Courtney Montanye on 11/4/2016 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
Finding the right cover plate for you fire sprinkler is easier than you think.  In this blog, learn how to remove your current cover plate, figure out the manufacturer, and find the correct one for your fire sprinkler today!

#45 - How to Clean Dirty Fire Sprinklers?

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 5/6/2016 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
How to clean fire sprinkler heads? Great question! Read this blog to learn about the safety and health implications of dirty fire sprinklers, your options for replacing or cleaning the heads, and the BEST option for cleaning fire sprinkler heads. 

#1 - Fire Sprinklers: Standard Response vs Quick Response

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/28/2016 to How a Fire Sprinkler Works
Standard response and quick response fire sprinklers both deliver life and property saving fire protection. So what's the difference? Their mission. Learn more by reading the Standard Response vs Quick Response blog.

#39 - What is a Tamper Switch for Fire Protection Systems?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/19/2016 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Tamper switches are an essential component in a modern fire protection system. But what exactly is a tamper switch and where are they used? We've got the scoop in our Introduction to Fire Protection Tamper Switches blog.

#35 - Can I Mount a Fire Alarm Bell Outside?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/8/2016 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Can I mount a fire alarm bell outside? Read this informational blog to find the answer. 

#14 - Can I paint my fire sprinkler cover plates?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 3/12/2013 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Can I paint my fire sprinkler system's cover plates? The answer is no. Read this blog to find out why and what options are available to you!

#12 - What is a Flow Switch or Water Flow Detector in a Fire Sprinkler System?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/26/2013 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In this edition of the Fire Sprinkler System Components series, we discuss a water flow detector, or flow switch. What is it? How does it work? Why is it there?

#10 - How a Fire Sprinkler Works: Thermal Sensitivity

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/14/2013 to How a Fire Sprinkler Works
A fire sprinkler's heat sensitivity is a product of it's frangible glass bulb. Learn more about that bulb in this blog post.

#6 - Uncommon Fire Sprinkler System Malfunctions

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/31/2013 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
A look at the most common, yet extremely rare, fire sprinkler system malfunctions and how the industry has responded.