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  1. #350 – Guide to Corrosion-Resistant Fire Sprinkler Heads

    #350 – Guide to Corrosion-Resistant Fire Sprinkler Heads
    Fire sprinkler heads corrode quickly in certain environments—here are the models that resist it Corrosion converts compounds such as iron, brass, and bronze from their metallic states into less reactive molecules, often oxides and sulfides. Iron oxide (rust) is the most familiar example of this. Corrosion slowly weakens and destroys equipment as metal dissolves or flakes away. Depending on the...
  2. #349 – Custom Fire Sprinkler Covers: A Perfect Match to Your Wall or Ceiling

    #349 – Custom Fire Sprinkler Covers: A Perfect Match to Your Wall or Ceiling
    How to order custom colors and finishes for fire sprinkler cover plates Unmatched fire sprinkler covers can stand out like a sore thumb on a ceiling. But know this: painting them yourself to blend in with the aesthetics of your room can have devastating consequences. Not only will it void your fire sprinkler manufacturer’s warranty and violate fire codes—it can...
  3. #348 – Sprinkler Identification Numbers and SIN Directories

    #348 – Sprinkler Identification Numbers and SIN Directories
    Sprinkler identification numbers make code-compliant repairs and upgrades possible. Use our tables to quickly find the sprinklers, escutcheons, wrenches, and cover plates you need.
  4. #347 – Fire Sprinkler Manufacturers: Who Are They?

    #347 – Fire Sprinkler Manufacturers: Who Are They?
    A look at the global empires and family-owned businesses shaping fire protection Today's fire sprinkler manufacturers—including those that largely serve the USA and Canada—may all seem to offer kind of the same thing. Much of that perception is because fire sprinkler heads and other fire safety products must, for safety's sake, meet similar manufacturing and design standards. But every major...
  5. #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...
  6. #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...
  7. #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...
  8. #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...
  9. #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...
  10. #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...

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