LSS News & Articles

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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What You Should Know Before Choosing A Hospital Accrediting Agency

Hospitals experienced two significant changes in 2008 related to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) deeming authority that should be on the radar of the Medical Services Professional. The first change is in regard to “deeming authority.” On July 15, 2008, Congress enacted a new law requiring The Joint Commission (TJC), and any other accrediting body seeking deeming status, to...

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13 Point Inspection Checklist For Fire Doors

Fire doors are an important piece to a building’s overall fire safety plan, and there are many parts that go into making a fire door work. Therefore, fire door inspections can be challenging and requires a knowledgeable professional in the field to perform the annual inspection as accurately as NFPA 80 requires. It can be hard to keep up with the latest fire door requirements, especially if...

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10 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Arc Flash

Arc Flash is an intense release of energy caused by an electrical arc fault between two conductors. Arc flash causes death and injury every year. It is a serious topic that should be understood by anyone working around electrical systems. This lists of 10 facts about arc flash will increase your awareness, and hopefully prompt an increase in safety when and where this hazard exists.

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