Meet the Robot Fireman [VIDEO]
The Navy will soon have fire-fighting humanoid robots aboard its military vessels. more
NFPA Sprinkler System Basics: Types of Sprinkler Systems.
When designing a sprinkler system one of the first decisions a designer has to make is what type of sprinkler system should be installed. more
Reproduced from NFPA’s website, www.nfpa.org/publiceducation. © NFPA.
Springtime fire safety
the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center estimates that outside cooking grills cause more than 6,000 fires, over 5 fatalities, more than 170 injuries and $35 million in property loss each year. more
USFA Releases Restaurant Building Fires Report
Apr 15, 2011 The United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report today examining the characteristics of restaurant building fires. more
Avoiding battery fires in the data center
Data Center Dynamics reported last week, Aruba, Italy’s largest web hosting data center, went down due to a fire in the UPS room involving the batteries. more
Fire suppression turns green
Green technology has begun to dominate various industries in recent years — and the fire world is catching up quickly.. more
Future Firefighters Could Fight Fire With Blasts of Flame-Bending Electricity
A team of Harvard researchers envisions a day when firefighters will snuff out flames not with a physical suppressant but with a blast of electric current.
Event to put fire safety solutions under one roof.
The UK’s largest, dedicated fire safety event – International Firex – is at the NEC Birmingham from 16-19 May 2011. more
Fast-Acting, Automatic Fire Detection and Suppression Systems
Firetrace systems are designed to quickly and reliably detect and extinguish machine fires sparked by oil-based metalworking fluids, coolants and lubricants.more
Automist, the award-winning sprinkler alternative for home fire safety
www.plumis.co.uk Plumis have recently launched Automist, an innovative fire protection system designed to integrate seamlessly into residential properties as a lower-cost alternative to sprinklers. more
ACAF Systems Inc. Launches The Next Generation in Foam Fire Suppression Systems
In response to the ever-growing rise in special hazard flammable liquid fires, fire safety specialist and inventor David Munroe has launched ACAF Systems Inc, a manufacturer of innovative and self contained Compressed Air Foam fire suppression systems. This newly patented, FM Approved line of fire suppression solutions are adding a whole new dimension to firefighting.more
Fire Suppression Systems Market to Reach $1.6 Billion by 2014, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts
Demand for active and passive fire suppression with right combination of information technologies and services is necessitated by the increasing deaths caused by fire accidents. Supported by segments such as material science, nanotechnology, maintenance and service, along with stringent regulations, the fire protection sector is set to witness rapid expansion. Greater industrial safety requirements and technological advancements are expected to boost market for fire suppression systems, offering vast opportunities for companies that provide comprehensive solutions. Rising levels of industrial investments are also expected to be favorable for fire suppression systems market.
USFA Releases Attic Fires in Residential Buildings Report
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report today examining the characteristics of Attic Fires in Residential Buildings. Developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center, the report is based on 2006 to 2008 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). more
Are residential fire sprinklers worth the cost?
By Jean Murphy, Daily Herald Correspondent
Chicago Daily Herald
January 16, 2011
Many of the decisions homeowners make come down to cost vs. benefits. Are the benefits provided by an item or service worth the cost? more
Wright Line Rack Containment with Fire Ceiling
At the AFCOM Data Center World Fall conference, Wright Line unveiled a new rack containment system with a “fire-activation” ceiling. In the event of a fire in the data center, the ceiling opens to allow overhead fire suppression systems access to the equipment inside the containment system. In this Data Center Knowledge video, Wright Line Vice President of Product Development & Services Carl Cottuli demonstrates how the system works.
U.S. Fire Administration Fire Estimates
Fire Estimate Summaries present basic data on the size and status of the fire problem in the United States as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Each Fire Estimate Summary addresses the size of the specific fire or fire-related issue and highlights important trends in the data. more
Better Identification of Fire Hazards Needed
Stakeholders seeking control measures to minimize the probability and severity of combustible dust incidents should work more closely with the fire service.
- By John Astad
- Jan 01, 2011
Combustible dust-related fires occur with alarming regularity throughout the manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and utility sectors. more
UTC Breaks Ground on Fire Test Center
Dec 20, 2010 12:13 PM
UTC Fire & Security broke ground in West Palm Beach, Fla., on a 15,000-square-foot Fire Innovation & Test (FIT) Center that will integrate testing, engineering and customer-demonstration capabilities into one facility. more
Fire Suppression Fluid
3M Introduces Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, a clean agent fire suppression material designed to protect high-value assets and critical devices where water cannot be used. more
Fire Sprinkler System Shut-Off Valve targets residential use.
December 15, 2010 – Designed for use in dual-purpose residential water supply systems, 2 in. Model RSV-1 shuts off water flow to domestic system and diverts it to sprinkler system when sprinkler is operating, eliminating need to add pumps, pressurized reservoirs, or electrically operated domestic shut-off valves. NSF-61 Annex G Approved and UL and C-UL Listed, Model RSV-1 has built-in check valve and automatically resets after system test or activation. more
Fire Safety and Prevention in Data Centers
By Maryellen Lo Bosco
Preventing a fire is crucial in a data center. Here are some steps to consider: more
December Can Be Deadly: Preventing Home Electrical Fires
Overloaded Circuits and Poor Maintenance Results in Damages and Even Death
FREMONT, Mich., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — December is the deadliest month when it comes to home electrical fires. more
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Fire Door Drop Test Neglect Fans Flames of Financial Fear From Catastrophic Industrial Fire Losses… WVSN Reports
DETROIT, MI–(Marketwire – December 6, 2010) – Fire door drop testing is an annual fire door inspection requirement that is often overlooked. Fire Door manufacturers, fire door engineers and fire door technicians wanted to show the world just how critical fire doors are for fire safety, so they created an historic event presented by the IDA (International Door Association) in a vacant paint warehouse in Lapeer, Michigan. more
Fire at Southfield office plaza displaces 35-40 businesses
Southfield, Michigan (WQOW) – Black smoke and fire poured from an office building in Michigan Wednesday afternoon (12/01/2010).
Crews responded and the building was evacuated. The several businesses inside include a physical therapy office and a residential staffing agency.
No word of if anyone was injured.
Michigan removes fire sprinkler requirement from building code
Published: Saturday, November 20, 2010
The state’s revised building code will be free of a mandate that new homes have fire sprinklers. Fire safety groups lobbied to include the requirement during the state’s regular three-year review of the code, but home builders and affordable housing advocates opposed it.
The state Building and Code Committee recommended removing the mandate from the code of the International Code Council, which Michigan and 45 other states use as a basis to set construction codes.
The final stage of the review wrapped up this month when the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules accepted the code without objection. The code takes effect in March.
Ban on burning household waste begins in April
December 4, 2010
LANSING – Just about anyone who has a little gray in their hair remembers the days when their mom would send them out to back yard with a brown paper bag filled with discarded mail and food wrappers and a strike-anywhere match. The mission: Burn the trash.
Now, burning household waste – anything from paper to wood, plastics and foam products – is an anachronism in most of the state. Beginning April 1, 2011 – it should be just a distant memory everywhere as new regulations on open burning go into effect. more
Information about burn permits is available at the website michigan.gov/burnpermit
michigan.gov/openburning “Michigan Open Burning Laws and Rules.”