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  1. #346 – Pitot Gauge Kits for Fire Hose Testing & Hydrant Flow Tests

    #346 – Pitot Gauge Kits for Fire Hose Testing & Hydrant Flow Tests
    Even fire pump testing gets easier with complete kits for the ITM professional A pitot gauge has long been an essential piece of equipment for hydrant flow tests and fire hose testing. Still, inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) professionals almost always need more tools to conduct these tests (and others) quickly and accurately. And even consumers who stick with basic...
  2. #345 – How to Turn Off a Sprinkler Head with a Shutgun Sprinkler Stopper

    #345 – How to Turn Off a Sprinkler Head with a Shutgun Sprinkler Stopper
    A simple, effective fire sprinkler tool stops water fast Fire sprinklers are incredibly reliable and save lives, extinguishing fires or controlling them and buying time for occupants to escape and firefighters to arrive. But sometimes, fire sprinklers activate unintentionally. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fire departments responded to about 33,600 unintentional fire sprinkler activations in 2014. And...
  3. #344 – Preparing for a Fire Safety Inspection: A Fire Inspection Checklist

    #344 – Preparing for a Fire Safety Inspection: A Fire Inspection Checklist
    A fire inspection checklist to conduct an assessment of your business—and get ready for that fire marshal inspection In 2016, the city of Oakland, California, experienced the deadliest building fire since 1906. This incident occurred in a large warehouse that had been illegally converted into an "artists’ collective." It housed multiple residents, and, on the night of the fire, it...
  4. #343 – How to Turn Off a Sprinkler Head: Control Valves vs. Shutgun

    #343 – How to Turn Off a Sprinkler Head: Control Valves vs. Shutgun
    Shutgun tools turn off activated fire sprinklers fast—and without impairing the system Whether it’s because of flying objects, coat hangers, careless construction workers, errant forklifts, or vandalism, fire sprinklers sometimes activate when there’s no fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to about 33,600 accidental fire sprinkler activations in 2014. Depending on the type, fire...
  5. #342 – Backflow Preventer vs. Check Valve: What’s the Difference?

    #342 – Backflow Preventer vs. Check Valve: What’s the Difference?
    Backflow preventers offer the best protection against contamination of city water supplies A check valve provides a basic form of backflow prevention, preventing water from flowing in the wrong direction. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) model codes and standards require them in various places on fire protection systems, and check valves are essential components of backflow preventers. But they are...
  6. #341 — Tools for Sprinkler System Backflow Valve Repair and Maintenance

    #341 — Tools for Sprinkler System Backflow Valve Repair and Maintenance
    Check Key tools make it easy and safe to service check valves in backflow preventers Maintaining backflow preventers is vital to ensuring that harmful contaminants from building systems don’t pollute city water supplies. But without the proper tools, attempting sprinkler system backflow valve repair or maintenance can make the situation worse—damaging the check valves you’re trying to remove, as well...
  7. #340 — How Does a Backflow Preventer Work?

    #340 — How Does a Backflow Preventer Work?
    Backflow preventers stop harmful contaminants from polluting a city’s drinking water City water mains provide water for most homes and buildings, including the water used in fire protection systems. But the stagnant water that fills the pipes of wet fire protection systems is “non-potable”—it’s not fit to drink. Thus, water authorities often require property owners to install backflow preventers to...
  8. #339 – Fire Safety in Schools: A Fire And Life Safety Inspection Checklist

    #339 – Fire Safety in Schools: A Fire And Life Safety Inspection Checklist
    Learn the school fire safety requirements outlined in NFPA model codes One of the greatest fire tragedies in U.S. history happened in a school. The year was 1958, and the building lacked the fire protection features that make strong fire safety in schools commonplace today: It had no sprinkler system or smoke detectors. The two fire alarms weren't connected to...
  9. #338 – New York State Fire Code: Key Changes in the 2020 Edition

    #338 – New York State Fire Code: Key Changes in the 2020 Edition
    The 2020 Fire Code of New York State will be the law on May 12th The 2020 edition of the New York state fire code takes effect on May 12. The new code strengthens some existing requirements and adds brand-new sections governing emerging issues like energy storage systems, community events at sugarhouses, the growing CBD oil industry, and the food...
  10. #337 – Fire Protection System Maintenance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    #337 – Fire Protection System Maintenance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Learn NFPA inspection testing, and maintenance guidance in light of coronavirus—and tips for performing tasks safely As the coronavirus pandemic continues to immerse the world in an unprecedented crisis, inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of fire protection systems remain vital. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging government officials and property owners not to exacerbate the situation by ignoring...

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