LSS News & Articles

Prevent The Risk Of Fire This Autumn

It’s Fire Prevention Week and as you probably know by now, the theme for this year is, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere”.  Although, we usually focus on preventing the spread of fire and smoke through the use of fire barrier management, it is also important to talk about fire prevention. So this week, we wanted to remind everybody of the different ways you can help...

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5 Ways To Avoid A Citation

The purpose of a building’s life safety system is to reduce the potential risks to life as well as the property from various threats. For that reason, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed life safety codes to protect people’s lives based on the building’s construction, protection, and occupancy features. However, systems that are found deficient and out of compliance...

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Shut The Door On Fire and Smoke With A 5 Step Fire Door Check

It's Fire Door Safety Week in the UK, which is held the last week in September, and is aimed at educating the importance of the proper use of fire doors. Unfortunately, for many people, fire doors are just another entrance from one room to the next. But they are so much more than that! Fire doors are an essential part of a building’s passive fire protection system that are specifically...

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Compartmentalizing New Construction With Fire Barriers

As a general contractor, there’s a lot of pressure to make sure that your building, as well as its occupants, will be safe during an emergency. And thanks to modern construction materials being used today, buildings are being built quickly and efficiently. However, as convenient as this is, it can create some fire safety issues.

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Be Prepared With A Fire Escape Plan

Now that we have made our way to September, the first day of autumn is right around the corner! This is my favorite time of the year with all the different colors of red, orange, and yellow leaves that cover the ground. It’s also the perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold, it’s just right. However, as we go from summer to autumn, the risks and frequency of fires change. Each season...

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Passive Fire Protection Helps Keep Employees Safe During A Fire

With Labor Day next Monday, many businesses will be closed in honor of the American labor movement. The labor movement in the United States grew out of the need to protect the common interest of workers. One of those common interest is ensuring that workers are provided with safer working conditions. And part of providing a safe work environment for your employees is ensuring your building's...

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The Importance of An Egress Survey in Healthcare Facilities

As a healthcare facility professional, you should be aware of the importance of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) K-TAGS requirements. The CMS K-TAGS address NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (LSC), and NFPA 99, HealthCare Facilities Code (HCFC) requirements pertaining to the physical environment of a healthcare facility. The LSC-based K-TAGS are in Part I and are separated into...

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Choosing The Right Firestop Systems For Penetrating Items

Fire walls, partitions, and smoke barriers are designed to help prevent the spread of both fire and smoke in the event of a fire emergency. Firestop materials are used to seal off any gaps and holes surrounding penetrating items in those particular walls, floors and ceilings. Some firestop materials will swell up or expand in the presence of heat due to penetrating items, such as plastic pipes...

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Top 10 Failure Reasons For Fire & Smoke Dampers

Fire, smoke and combination dampers continue to be an important part of a facility's over all fire and life safety protection system. Unfortunately, dampers have a tendency to frequently fail during routine inspections. It may not seem like a big deal, especially with other fire protection features (fire doors, firestopping) put in place. But fire and smoke can spread fast, and one of the...

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