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September 13, 2021

What is the Difference: Fire Detection, Protection, and Suppression?

If you own a business, you know how devastating a fire can be. Not only do fires reduce profits by damaging property and equipment as well as increasing downtime, but they are a serious safety risk for you and your employees. And while not all fires are entirely preventable, there are many steps you can take to increase your chances of preventing fires and reacting quickly when one does occur.

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August 24, 2021

5 Classes of Fire

Fire departments respond to more than one million fires each year in the United States alone. And while that number has been steadily decreasing since the 1970s, fires still present the potential for extremely hazardous situations whenever they occur. But while they all burn, not all fires are the same. In order to group fires—and the ways to extinguish them—fire professionals developed a system to classify fires.

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January 6, 2021

What are the Different Stages of a Fire?

Fires can be devastating and happen when you least expect them. Generally, the earlier you can suppress a fire, the better. This is because fires grow in intensity, temperature, and size if they have the resources they need to burn- oxygen, heat, fuel, and in some cases, a chain reaction. Understanding how a fire forms can help you better protect yourself and your assets. Read on to learn more about how fires form — from the incipient stage until decay.

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November 17, 2020

Why is Halon Banned?

The fire suppression agent, Halon is still in use today; however, there is no new production of Halons. While Halon is considered a clean agent by The National Fire Protection Association because it’s electrically non-conducting and does not leave a residue, Halon has an extremely high potential for ozone depletion and contributes to global warming potential. On January 1, 1994, Halon production ceases in compliance with the Montreal Protocol and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The use of Halons has been reducing over the years, but there is still demand for it for specific applications.

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November 9, 2020

Will FM-200™ Kill You?

Clean agent fire protection systems that use chemicals like FM200 and discharge as a gas are considered to be safe in normally occupied spaces. FM200 complies with NFPA Standard 2001: Standard for Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems, EPA SNAP Program (Significant New Alternative Policy), Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL), and Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FMRC). FM200 is a clean and colorless agent that suppresses fires through heat absorption. It is electronically non-conductive, making it safe for sensitive equipment and leaving no residue behind minimizes the downtime after a fire incident.  

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January 3, 2020

Top Blog Posts from 2019

As we launched our new blog in early 2019, we posted topics focusing on information relevant to a variety of industries.  As we venture into the new decade, we will continue on this path and provide insights on topics that are important to the industries we serve. We are pleased to share the top Blog Posts from 2019.

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August 20, 2019

CNC Machine Fire Safety Considerations for EHS Managers

Machine shop health and safety professionals oversee and implement safety programs. These programs provide guidance on the use of personal protective equipment, machine guarding, and safety policies. The demanding environment of machine shops creates unique hazards, including fire risks. Learn ways to protect your workplace and personnel from fire.

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August 1, 2019

How Do Electrical Fires Start?

Nearly 60,000 fires a year occur due to electrical fires. Electrical fires have several causes and understanding the reasons why fires start and the preventative measures to take will reduce the fire risks. This includes properly maintaining your electrical panel, circuits, and wiring.

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July 29, 2019

Should You Be Using an Oil Based Coolant?

In CNC machining, the two functions of coolants are to cool the tool and reduce friction in the cut. While functionality may be the same, machine shops have the choice of using water-miscible fluids, soluble oils, synthetics, and semi synthetics. The coolant used depends on the machining operation. We will explore the pros and cons of oil-based coolants.

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July 25, 2019

Fire Suppression System Maintenance

Not properly maintaining equipment puts it is at higher risk of failure. Numerous factors can contribute to damaging equipment. Fire suppression systems are no different. They need to be routinely inspected and maintained to ensure they work correctly in the event of a fire. Learn the risk factors and how often you should have your system inspected.

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July 17, 2019

How Fire Suppression Works In Three Steps With Video

Businesses looking to safeguard critical equipment and assets from fire need to understand the basics of a fire suppression system. Automatic fire suppression systems can detect and suppress fires in as little as 10 seconds. Watch the slow-motion video of a system detecting and suppressing a fire that ignited in an electrical server rack.

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June 27, 2019

Eight Important Fireworks Safety Tips

While fireworks can be fun for the whole family to watch, fireworks do pose certain dangers. From injuries to starting fires, you must be cautious when lighting your own fireworks displays. Read some tips to keep you and your family safe.

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