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  1. #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...
  2. #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...
  3. #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...
  4. #336 – Life Safety & Fire Sprinkler Training Online: A List of Resources

    #336 – Life Safety & Fire Sprinkler Training Online: A List of Resources
    Take advantage of these free and discounted online training options while you’re stuck at home It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a few weeks since the coronavirus pandemic caused life to change drastically. Many individuals are looking for ways to stay productive as social distancing forces people to remain at home. For professionals in the fire protection industry...
  5. #334 – Coronavirus Emergency Operations Plans: NFPA & OSHA Guidance

    #334 – Coronavirus Emergency Operations Plans: NFPA & OSHA Guidance
    Learn how to develop or update emergency operations plans to deal with the coronavirus pandemic—plus why fire safety remains a priority.
  6. #328 – 2020 NFPA 25: A Review of Key Changes to Water-Based ITM

    #328 – 2020 NFPA 25: A Review of Key Changes to Water-Based ITM
    New technology spurs new requirements in the latest edition of NFPA’s inspection, testing, and maintenance standard The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) refers to its standards as living documents, continuously adding new ways to keep people safe in an ever-evolving world. Innovation in fire safety technology is constant, and the most significant changes to the 2020 edition of NFPA 25...
  7. #326 – Are Photoluminescent Exit and Egress Signs OSHA Compliant?

    #326 – Are Photoluminescent Exit and Egress Signs OSHA Compliant?
    Highly-visible signage is an essential life safety measure Most people can figure out how to exit a building in normal circumstances. But add fear and an emergency, and normal tasks suddenly become difficult. Darkness after losing power and a fire’s smoke make everything worse. This is why it’s so essential to make egress—the act of escaping a building—simple and easy...
  8. #323 – Which Codes Require Photoluminescent Egress & Exit Signs?

    #323 – Which Codes Require Photoluminescent Egress & Exit Signs?
    Photoluminescent egress markers or safety signs guide people to exits in tall, supertall, and megatall structures—but when do life safety codes require them?
  9. #320 – NFPA 13 Seismic Bracing Requirements: Cable Sway Braces

    #320 – NFPA 13 Seismic Bracing Requirements: Cable Sway Braces
    Learn where seismic cable sway bracing is needed and how to install it In the previous installment of our series on seismic protections for fire sprinklers, we introduced the principles of sway bracing. Here, we take a detailed look at what goes into designing and installing seismic braces for a fire sprinkler system, specifically focusing on cable sway braces. Cable...

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