LSS News & Articles

Are Your Facility's Fire Barriers Prepared For A Fire This Winter?

With December finally here, the official first day of winter is right around the corner, and many of us have already been facing the first arctic blast of winter. As the cold weather continues to quickly approach, I can’t help but think about all the potential fire risks that increase during this season.

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Keep Your Family Safe This Thanksgiving With These Kitchen Safety Tips

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, it’s no surprise that the holidays are officially here with all of the meal prepping and hanging of holiday lights and decorations. However, that also means this time of year is notorious for accidental fires. In fact, did you know Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment?

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The Importance of Fire Walls, Partitions And Smoke Barriers

One of the main purposes of a building’s fire barrier protection system is to help contain both fire and smoke to one location by preventing it from spreading from barrier to barrier. In a building, there are various systems, such as, fire and smoke dampers, fire doors, and firestopping to help minimize property damage, while also providing a safe evacuation route for those building occupants....

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Legionnaire’s Disease Can Be Serious In Long-Term Care Facilities

The Legionella bacteria grows in water, and people can contract it by inhaling the bacteria through the water’s vapor, not by drinking it. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the bacteria can cause a mild infection known as Pontiac fever or the more serious infection known as Legionnaires’ disease. This is considered particularly dangerous for older people and...

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Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Halloween is tomorrow, and with all the festive decorations and kids dressed in costumes running from door to door trick-or-treating, it’s no wonder why it’s such a fun holiday! Unfortunately, holiday decorations and activities can create fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. In fact, according to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are usually one...

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Proper Door Clearance Helps Keep You Safe During A Fire Emergency

This whole month has been about scary movies, haunted houses and a lot of sweet treats. It’s fun to pretend ghouls and goblins are real and imagining what we would do to protect ourselves. But let’s be honest, the scariest things in life aren’t the make-believe monsters, but the real-life things we encounter that can put our lives in danger.  For instance, something that is truly scary is poor...

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What Codes Require Photoluminescent Egress Path Markers & Exit Signs?

With the end of the year approaching it’s time to start planning for next year and preparing for your building’s fire and life safety inspections. Not only is it important for your facility’s fire barriers to be maintained according to the code, but making sure that your building has the proper means of egress is critical to the safety of its occupants. However, as a facility manager you may...

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How Fire Barrier Management Protects You & Your Building During A Fire

Compartmentalizing your facility is one of the best ways to help contain fire and smoke to its point of origin while waiting for first responders. Compartmentalizing is simply taking a building and dividing it into sections that can close off from the rest during an emergency. From dampers hidden within the ductwork of a building to fire walls, there are various ways of preventing the spread...

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Stamp Out Fire Door Neglect With A Fire Door Inspection Checklist

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 properly maintaining 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 specifically designed to help keep occupants lives safe while also preventing further...

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