LSS News & Articles

Fireproof vs Fire Resistance In Fire Doors

A phrase that we sometimes hear our customers using is “Fireproof”.  Whether it’s fire doors or fire dampers or a fire wall, they want to make sure it is fireproof, which is an incorrect term to use.  Really, nothing is actually fireproof- at a high enough temperature for long enough anything will melt or burn.  The term that these passive fire protection pieces should be striving for is fire...

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Hospital Mortality Drops During Joint Commission Inspection

The required Joint Commission inspections that hospitals undergo are always unannounced, so that the inspectors can see the actual workings of the hospital, but they do happen within an expected time of a few weeks.  This leads to increased vigilance within the hospital during these weeks of possibly being inspected, and a recent report shows that this has an effect on patient well-being.

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Safe From Flashover Thanks To Passive Fire Protection

When passive fire protection is discussed it is usually in the context of compartmentalization, and keeping one area safe from the smoke and flames in a different area. The reason this is so important has to do with the different stages of a fire, and how the fire would be able to spread during those stages.

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School Fire Wall Helps Prevent Fire From Spreading

A fire at a California school showed the importance of having a complete, working fire wall in conjunction with active fire protection.  On Wednesday March 15 around 6 am, a ventilation fan in the boy’s bathroom of the school created an electrical fire that spread through the insulation above the ceiling.

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Maintain Fire Door Gaps To Help Fight Fire

One quick and easy inspection that should be regularly performed is verifying that the fire door gaps meet NFPA requirements. Through daily use, mistreatment, or even incorrect installation, these door gaps can be too large and non-compliant, putting building occupants at unnecessary risk. These gaps seem like a trivial issue on the surface, but during a fire they actually play a very...

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Hotel Fire Causes Fire Alarm Malfunction

After experiencing a hotel fire, guests at a New Jersey hotel found out the hard way why having a working fire protection system is so important. Early in the morning of Friday February 24th, a room at a Ramada Hotel caught fire, which began to spread into the hallway due to the room’s fire door being left open by the occupant. The heavy smoke and heat from the spreading fire caused residents...

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Main Causes Of Fire In Hospitality

The holiday season is here, which means many people will be on the road traveling to spend time with their families and loved ones. Hotels, restaurants and tourist attraction will be busy with people coming and going through the New Year. And with so many people on the property, risks of a fire can increase during this time of the year.  Every industry faces challenges when it comes to fire...

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Choosing The Best Damper Inspection Company

As the fire protection industry grows, many companies are offering fire damper inspections as a part of their service. And with so many different inspectors to talk to, it can be a challenge just trying to choose the best damper inspection company. But you don’t have to sweat it!

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Preventing Heating Fires During Winter

As the cold weather quickly approaches, I can’t help but think about all the potential fire risks that increase during this season.  Heating, cooking, holiday decorations as well as candles all contribute to an increased risk of fires during the winter months. But according to UFSA, a significant portion of fires during winter are caused by heating equipment. Fires involving heating equipment...

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