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#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.

#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.

#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. 

#89 - National Fire Protection Association: In the Business of Saving Lives

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/28/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Regulatory
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one of the nation’s most influential fire-prevention groups, emerged from the need to keep insurers from going bankrupt—and made a safer world in the process. To learn about the enormous influence the NFPA exercises on your everyday life and how you can be part of the process, read on.

#88 -- The Evolution of Local Fire Regulations: History and Processes that Shape U.S. Building Fire Code

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/21/2017 to Fire Inspections
The making of fire code is an unusual, multi-million-dollar endeavor with an occasionally gruesome history. So, where do these codes come from and who makes them? How do they become law? We'll answer these questions and more in today's article.

#85 -- Kidde 2017 Fire Extinguisher Recall: Quick Reference Guide for Fire Extinguisher Owners

Posted by Jason Hugo on 11/30/2017 to Fire Extinguishers
Kidde, one of the world's most popular manufacturers of life safety equipment, recalled nearly 40 million fire extinguishers after over 400 safety issues were reported. What does this mean for you and what fire extinguisher should you have? 

#57 - The War on Residential Fire Sprinklers

Posted by Jason Hugo on 8/12/2016 to Residential Fire Protection
The war on residential fire sprinklers is rooted in misguided information and fought by industry groups with vested interests. This blog compiles the arguments and dispels the myths. Then it ends with a proposed compromise that will benefit homeowners and the construction industry. Enjoy!

#31 - Top 12 Winter Fire Protection Tips

Posted by Jason Hugo on 12/5/2013 to Residential Fire Protection
Tis the season for fireplaces and Christmas trees. Learn best practices to keep you and your family FIRE-safe during the holiday season in today's blog!

#25 - 2013 National Fire Prevention Week: QRFS' Top 15 Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires

Posted by Jason Hugo on 10/8/2013 to Residential Fire Protection
Welcome to National Fire Prevention Week 2013! In honor of this safety campaign we've compiled our top 15 tips for preventing kitchen fires.

#22 - Timeline of a Fire: Can You Get Your Family Out in 3 Minutes or Less?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 9/17/2013 to Residential Fire Protection
A fire becomes deadly incredibly fast. Within minutes your home or business can be engulfed in flames and filled with toxic smoke. The chances for survival diminish quickly. Walk through a typical fire scenario and learn about flashover and fire department response times in this week's blog.

#17 - Fire sprinklers pay for themselves through homeowners insurance discounts.

Posted by Jason Hugo on 4/2/2013 to Residential Fire Protection
Residential fire sprinkler systems pay for themselves through homeowners insurance discounts.

#11 - Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition - Industry Leader Spotlight

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/19/2013 to Fire Sprinkler Regulatory
Learn about the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and all the great work they do promoting the residential fire sprinkler industry.

#4 - Fire Sprinklers: Offsetting the dangers of lightweight construction

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/23/2013 to Residential Fire Protection
Lightweight construction has been the leading cause of death for homeowners and firefighters since the 1960's. Learn how fire sprinklers can help protect your family and firefighters.

#3 - Should my home have fire sprinklers? Here is a compelling argument

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/17/2013 to Residential Fire Protection
This blog examines the devastating effects of a recent fire in Maryland and the life-saving technology that could have helped prevent it.