Life Safety

Resources to help facility and property management professionals run more efficient buildings and facilities. The archive for Life Safety articles.


Ammonia Refrigeration: Increasing Regulatory Requirements

Beginning October 2016, facilities using ammonia systems can expect more frequent EPA inspections due to the Agency's new National Enforcement Initiatives.

Question Of The Week: What Is A High Performance Building?

To be considered "high performance," buildings must optimize across multiple attributes, including not only energy efficiency and sustainability, but also productivity, security and functionality.

Fireframes SG Curtainwall Series By Technical Glass Products

Providing up to 120 minutes of fire resistance, this fire-rated toggle retention system also addresses aesthetics with its smooth surface appearance.

NFPA Life Safety Certification For Health Care Facility Managers

The CLSS-HC is the first of new specialist certifications for facility managers and others responsible for ensuring safety at their facilities.

New Product Flash: Corrosion Monitors By AGF

Facility managers use CORRinSITE from AGF to monitor corrosion problems in fire protection systems.

New Product Flash: EcoLifts From JLG

These low level vertical lifts require no batteries, hydraulics, oil, or controls.

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This webinar video addresses decision-making during an emergency using the Boyd Cycle or Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) Loop, which apply to any hazard in any environment.

What We Have Here… Is A Failure To Communicate

Communication should be the impetus for an appropriate response during a security related event.

Question Of The Week: Earthquake Ready?

In the U.S., the scope of seismic activity may be widening.

Focus On: Life Safety

This article features six products that aid in life safety.

Web Exclusive: Getting Back To Business

When disaster hits a facility, it can be devastating, but with intensive planning an organization can get back on its feet.

Intelligibility And Mass Notification Systems

The ability of occupants to comprehend in-building mass notification messages is a crucial requirement for facility life safety systems.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Safemesh by GKD Metal Fabrics

Suitable for interior and exterior applications, this product enables facility managers to achieve safety goals and requirements without sacrificing aesthetics.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: 
EON Model EL3 from Controlled Power

This three-phase centralized emergency lighting inverter is self-testing, self-diagnostic, and meets stringent design and performance specifications.

Tricks Of The Trade: Evac Plans

Can you tell me what the general requirements or accepted practices are for locating evac plans?

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: CoreFirst Retrofit System by CoreFirst LLC

CoreFirst LLC has introduced a proprietary seismic upgrade retrofit system. Modular, steel constructed, “cartridge” style safe zones are installed into existing buildings to upgrade the ability of these structures to withstand a seismic event.

FM Issue: Sounds Great

Directional sound is the latest life safety technology to be added to the disaster planning toolbox.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Seismic Risk Reduction From Arup

To help reduce earthquake risk for buildings, Arup provides damage mitigation through advanced “beyond code” techniques.

FM Issue: HazCom Compliance Made Simple

MSDS management is the most important aspect of this life safety issue.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: HeartCase Stow-n-Go by HeartStation

The red color and distinctive shape of this AED case helps people find it quickly during a cardiac emergency.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: ICE PACK Emergency Sustainment Systems

Ashbury International Group, Inc. offers kits containing a three or more day supply of provisions during an emergency or disaster event.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Empower Occupants For Fire Safety

This article on fire safety measures comes from the director of training and technical support for ServiceMaster Clean.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: CO Legislation Guidance

System Sensor has developed an online tool to help building professionals stay current on codes and legislation related to carbon monoxide detectors.

Fire Prevention Week Is Underway

President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Photoluminescent Technology, Leading Occupants To Safety

This article is provided by Robert E. McLean, CAE, executive director of the Photoluminescent Safety Association (PSA).

Hurricane Season Is Here

The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) offers tips to protect a building from the damaging effects of a hurricane.

American Red Cross Volunteer Program Gains Corporate Member

The American Red Cross and W.W. Grainger, Inc. recently welcomed Cisco as the newest participant in the “Ready When the Time Comes” corporate volunteer program.

Remembering The Rhythm Night Club Fire

The April 23, 1940 fire in Natchez, MS remains the second deadliest night club fire in U.S. history.

2010 Edition Of NFPA 1600 Released

The National Fire Protection Association has revised and reorganized its standard, which addresses disaster/emergency management and business continuity programs.

Protecting Elderly Populations In A Fire

In a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Society for Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Americans correctly identified adults age 65 and older as the most at-risk group.

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