The Basics of Exit and Emergency Lighting: Part 2 - Who Needs Emergency Lighting?

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Actually, every single commercial, industrial, and government building is required to have exit signs and emergency lights in the United States. There are very few exceptions but for the vast majority, emergency lighting is the rule.

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The Basics of Exit and Emergency Lighting: Part 1 - Emergency Lighting Basics

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What Is Emergency Lighting?

Emergency Lighting is an integral part of a building balanced fire protection. Emergency Lights and Exit Signs are designed to illuminate and designate the path of egress so the building occupants can egress safely from a building in the event of power failure or other emergencies.

 

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What do you know about backflow and drinking water?

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Water. The source of life. A massive benefit to living in modern society is having clean water available at any time. All you have to do is turn on the tap and it comes flowing out crystal clean. But how do we ensure it stays that way, that no dirty water gets mixed back in with the clean? Simple—backflow preventers. But what are they? Here’s a simple analogy.

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Topics: Backflow

Can the Average Person Operate a Portable Fire Extinguisher?

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Fire extinguishers are considered the first defense against fire and can be found in numerous locations—buildings, structures, vehicles, and marine craft of all kinds. Consequently, questions surround the placement of fire extinguishers, where the general public may use them, and if they do, would the untrained individual be able to operate an extinguisher?

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The Hard-Wired Truth About Smoke Alarms

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Just search the Internet for smoke alarm news, and you'll see headline after headline reminding us of their virtue when present or the heartbreak when not.

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Topics: Smoke Alarms

What Do You Know About Fire Extinguishers?

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If a fire broke out right now, would you know where the closest fire extinguisher is? Even though most people will never use a fire extinguisher, it’s a critical lifesaving tool that you HAVE to know how to operate. According to NFPA 10, there are two key requirements to ensure that an extinguisher will perform in the event of a fire.

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When Seconds Count: The Critical Role Fire Hose Stations Play

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Designed for occupant use, in the event of fire, fire hose stations offer occupants a manual means of putting water on fires at their initial stages in an attempt to either extinguish them or to allow occupants of a building to escape them safely. These stations are comprised of a hose valve, rack and reel fire hose, hose nozzle, and a storage device—pin rack, hose reel, or hose hanger. They are connected to a building’s standpipe system and generally located in corridors and/or in stairwells. They may or may not be housed in a cabinet. Fire Hose Stations are an important part of any building’s fire protection plan, but they do not take the place of a building’s automatic extinguishing systems, like fire sprinklers or pre-engineered suppression systems. Regardless, these stations are an invaluable link in the life-saving “chain of survival” that protects people and property from the ravages of fire in buildings.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities

Pre-Engineered Fire Suppression Systems: Critical Defense for Special Hazards

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NFPA standards mandate pre-engineered fire suppression systems for special hazards. These hazards involve flammable/combustible materials, liquids, and gases found in commercial kitchens, paint spray operations, data centers, electrical storage rooms, refueling areas, chemical plants, and more. That’s why a complete fire protection plan is necessary to protect your buildings, occupants, and employees.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Compliance

Portable Fire Extinguishers: Your First Defense Against Fire

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Never underestimate the amount of time you have to extinguish or retreat from fire. In a building, fire can spread at an alarming rate—in just thirty seconds it can become unmanageable, threatening life, limb, and property. As a matter of fact, fire can emit toxic smoke in just one minute, reach 600° within three minutes, and engulf an entire floor or building in about five minutes (depending on the size of the building or floor).1

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Commercial Fire Named “2021 Top Facility Management Company” by Healthcare Tech Outlook

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At Commercial Fire, our goal is simple, we want to help our customers keep their facilities safe and compliant in the most efficient way. We've done this for the past 30 years. Because of that track record, we are thrilled to announce Commercial Fire was named "2021 Top Facility Management Company" in the service category by Healthcare Tech Outlook. We ask our EVP, Mark Murray, what this award and cover-story feature meant to him. Here is what he had to say.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities