Category Archives: Fire Protection Inspection

Prepare for a Malfunction | Corona, CA

fire sprinklersWe all assume that if we have fire protection, it will work when the time comes to use it. Whether it be something simple like a fire extinguisher or as elaborate as a customized fire suppression system, these tools are things we need to rely on when a fire breaks out. If it doesn’t, the result can be a disaster.

It’s important to note that simply installing a suppression system is only one step in staying safe. Fire suppression systems are often complex pieces of engineering, and they require care, testing, and maintenance in order to remain functional.

The type of system installed, and the nature of the building it is protecting, will determine how often it must be inspected, how often it should be tested, and what type of labor will be required on the system over time. A skilled system designer, such as CJ Suppression, will not only design the system, but can also assist you in establishing and meeting the maintenance and inspection requirements in order to keep your system functioning properly so that if a fire were to occur, lives and property can be saved.

The exact maintenance regime needed depends on the suppression system and use case. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has guidelines not only for the types of systems that should be used in various settings, but also for the ongoing maintenance of those systems for proper compliance and safety purposes.

To ensure their reliability, fire systems must be inspected, tested and maintained. CJ Suppression Services’ qualified and experienced staff stands ready to provide fire protection service and maintenance that will keep your fire protection systems reliable and code compliant.

For more information about fire suppression maintenance, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

CJ Suppression proudly serves Corona and all surrounding areas.

Trump Tower Fire in NYC

The Trump Tower fire in New York City on April 7th left 67-year-old ToddBrassner dead and six firefighters injured. The apartment where the fire broke out did not have sprinklers or a smoke alarm. On April 16th, the New York Fire Department confirmed that the cause of the fire was an accident caused by “electrical-sequenced power strips containing multiple components.”

This fire marks the second fire in the building this year. On January 8th, two civilians and one firefighter suffered injuries from a fire on the top of the building. Mr. Trump’s son, Eric Trump, stated that the January fire had been sparked by an electrical issue in a cooling tower.

The skyscraper opened in 1984 without sprinklers on its residential floors. This measure has been required in new buildings since 1999, when New York City because the last big city in the United States to require sprinklers. Mr. Trump, a private citizen and property developer at the time, had lobbied to try and prevent the mandate. The 1999 bill requiring sprinklers was spurred on by two fires in 1998, one of which occurred in an apartment block with no sprinklers, and the other of which occurred when hallway sprinklers failed.

Survivors of the fires had wanted all buildings to have sprinklers, but the legislation that was passed was not retroactive. This meant that the legislation passed stated that any buildings constructed before that time were only required to have sprinklers if they underwent gut renovations, essentially only requiring that new buildings install sprinklers.

After the legislation passed, Mr. Trump recanted his previous position, stating that he understood that sprinklers would make residents feel safer. As a result of the new bill, Mr. Trump’s new 72-story Trump World Tower, built between 1999 and 2001, incurred $3 million in costs for the installation of sprinklers. However, Mr. Trump, along with many other existing property owners, did not retrofit their existing buildings with sprinkler systems.

Neither Mr. Trump nor any of his family were in the building at the time of the fire. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro has stated that there is extra fire protection at Trump Tower when Mr. Trump is present.

 

Sources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-tower-fire-second-2018-blaze-in-sprinkler-free-residence/

https://ny.curbed.com/2018/4/17/17246426/trump-tower-fire-nyc-cause-april-2018

 

The Hermitage gets an Upgrade

The Hermitage

The Hermitage mansion, home of the seventh U.S. President Andrew Jackson, recently received a renovation for fire suppression, three full decades after the last time the fire protection system was upgraded.

The Hermitage has had quite a few brushes with fire, starting from 1834, when a chimney fire heavily damaged the house. While rebuilding the house to be more fashionable, Jackson also added several precautions in case of a future fire, including a metal roof and white fireproof paint to cover the smoke-damaged brick.

This year, the Hermitage is receiving yet another renovation to improve its fire protection system. The new system is funded in partnership with the State of Tennessee and was created with the expertise of the Nashville Fire Marshal’s Office.

For the past thirty years, the mansion utilized a traditional fire sprinkler system, which functions by soaking an area with large quantities of water to suppress a fire until the fire department can arrive and extinguish it. The old system was dependent on strong water pressure to expel water, but continued building in the area has since diminished the Hermitage’s water pressure. The combination of the low water pressure and the site’s existing piping meant that the Hermitage was no longer able to support a traditional sprinkler system.

The new fire protection system utilizes automatic mist fire suppression, allowing it to extinguish fires faster than the traditional system while using far less water. The reduction in water sprayed also means less damage to historic objects inside the mansion and the structure itself in the case that the sprinklers do engage. This results in less time and money spent on cleaning and repairing in the aftermath of a fire.

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/02/16/hermitage-installs-new-fire-protection-andrew-jackson-home/309299002/

Modern Homes are Burning Eight Times Faster

First responders report that fires recently are burning hotter and faster, likely due to the increase in synthetic furniture and home decor.

Synthetic furniture and decor have been popular because they are cheaper than natural ones. However, most synthetics are made of petroleum (like gasoline), which could result in your house going up in flames in minutes. When synthetics burn, the chemicals released can replace oxygen in the body within two to three minutes of exposure, choking out anyone nearby.

An experiment tested the burn time of two rooms, one furnished with synthetic furniture and the other with natural materials, and demonstrated the difference between synthetic and natural materials.

The room with synthetic furnishings was full of flames and smoke within minutes. Flashover, or floor-to-ceiling flames, occurred as quickly as three minutes and forty seconds. On the other hand, the room with natural furnishings took almost half an hour before flashover. The company that conducted the experiment concluded that modern home fires burn eight times faster.

As a result, firefighters are under more pressure and in more danger than ever before, not only from the greater intensity of the flames but also from the chemicals released when synthetics are burned. In fact, cancer has recently overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death of firefighters. The exposure to these chemicals affects not only firefighters but homeowners and others in the building when the synthetics are burned.

Some tips to protect your home and the people inside it in case of a fire include:

  • Avoid open concept homes and close doors when possible. In the case of a fire, a closed door between you and the fire can keep temperatures down and provide more than double the oxygen to breathe compared to if the door was open.
  • Make sure your fire protection systems are up-to-date and fully functional. For inspections, maintenance and repairs of your fire protection systems, contact CJ Suppression at (951) 735-5560 for a free quote.
  • Create an escape plan for your home and ensure that all members of your family are well-versed in what to do in the case of an emergency.

Why You Should Invest in Fire Extinguishers | Corona, CA

As a landlord, it can be tough to control what happens on your property. However, in order for you to prevent the worst-case scenarios from occurring, you must issue a set of ground rules and guidelines for your renters to follow regarding fire prevention:

Learn you fire codes. Pay attention to your local fire codes in order to ensure that you’re legally protected. If you’re unsure if your property doesn’t meet standards, have a fire inspector come check everything out.

Install smoke detectors. It’s very important that you check that the fire detector work before any renters move in, and replace them once renters move out.

Install fire sprinklers. Commercial fire sprinklers respond very quickly and release up to 24 gallons of water per minute, and are one of the best fire protection services that you can invest in.

One fire extinguisher per apartment. If you do own an apartment complex, you should place at least one fire extinguisher in each apartment.

Apply a strict no smoking rule. One of the main causes of home fires is from smoking indoors. By implementing a strict no-smoking ruled both inside and outside of your property you can prevent a fire from occurring.

Make the rules known. Draw up a contract of regulations that your renter need to abide by. You may even want to include this in the lease, or at least have the renters acknowledge the regulations by signing the documents.

For more information about fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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We Want to Design Your Fire Protection System | Corona, CA

ThinkstockPhotos-479155414Protecting your business from fire is imperative for everyone involved. Not only in order to protect your product, but any staff and/or neighbors should also feel safe there knowing you are covered in case of fire. But designing a fire protection system isn’t as simple as a quick kit you pick up at the local hardware store. It takes a lot of planning and expertise. It can turn overwhelming very easily if you don’t have the proper training. That’s where we come in…

The design of fire protection systems is a multi-step process beginning with an assessment of the environment to be protected. Factors, both internal and external to the environment, are considered. This information is used to establish performance objectives for the fire protection system being designed. Our experienced engineering department conducts detailed studies to determine the optimum approach to providing the correct system application, meeting the needs of our clients in the most cost-effective way possible.

We begin with a site survey of the facility then provide the client with appropriate alternatives based on an assessment of the fire protection and life safety needs.  We will often consult with the client’s insurance company and the local fire department for their input during the decision-making process, in order to ensure that everything is up to code and covered by insurance. Once a decision is made on the specific type of system required, we assign a primary engineer to the project who will then develop the appropriate engineering design.

Our CAD design services include:

  • Fire sprinkler design drawings with as much detail as required and then some.
  • All designs are based on the latest NFPA codes. All schematic CAD drawings include underground fire supply, riser details with location within structure, main and branch line locations, sprinkler head type and location.
  • Bid drawings can also include back-up specifications, water analysis, and hydraulic calculations.
  • Fire sprinkler fabrication / installation / coordination drawings include all compliments listed above including computer generated shop drawings, hydraulic calculations and material submittals.
  • Fire Pump and/or Ground Storage Tank installation drawings with all associated piping and equipment.
  • Special hazard suppression system fabrication / installation drawings.

So, if you are in need of better fire protection for your facility, consider installing a fire protection system. It is the best chance you have to keep your business successful and in one piece.

Fire protection is very serious, so be sure to take every step you can to protect yourself and your property. If you would like to learn more about fire prevention systems, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com for additional information.

CJ Suppression Inc. proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Victorville, Irvine and all surrounding areas.

How and Why Fire Sprinklers Save Lives | Fire Suppression Services

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Fire Sprinkler

It seems like almost every day you hear of another deadly fire incident happening somewhere. It can be caused by faulty wiring, an unfortunate kitchen accident, an act of nature or simply the result of carelessness. And, regardless of what caused it, almost everyone can agree with the fact that house fires are on top of the list of any homeowner’s list of possible nightmare scenarios.

Yet, despite how dangerous house fires are, there’s one thing that could have made such accidents less disastrous and that’s if fire sprinkler systems were present and working.

The Difference Fire Sprinklers Make

In the United States alone, about 2,600 people die each year due to home fires. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the use of smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems reduce the risk of death by as much as 82%.

Loss of life aside, it doesn’t take any kind of research and statistics to say that house fires cause immense damage to  properties. But, again, the presence of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems cut down the damage many times over, from an average of $45,000 for homes with no sprinkler systems to $2,166 in those with sprinkler systems, according to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

Why Fire Sprinklers Still Have Not Caught On

Despite the glaring and somewhat obvious evidence of how sprinkler systems can actually save lives, many homeowners still do not believe in having their houses fitted for such sprinkler systems.

For one, there are those that believe the sprinkler systems can actually cause much more damage than the fire itself. This belief may have started due to a number of reasons, mainly due to the fear of the sprinklers leaking or going off accidentally, causing water damage. While such fears are warranted, they’re not exactly true, as all sprinklers are tested during and after installation. Also, not all sprinkler heads go off in case of fires. Most of the time, just one sprinkler head is enough to contain fires.

Another likely reason why even the most safety-conscious homeowners shy away from sprinkler systems is because of the perceived aesthetic and financial issues. Both misconceptions are slowly becoming less of an issue as fire sprinkler systems have become more available, cheaper and less conspicuous.

Why You Should Have Fire Sprinklers Installed In Your Home

Besides the fact that sprinklers save lives, most insurance companies offer generous discounts for homes fitted with fire sprinkler systems. Also, sprinklers may allow homeowners to qualify for a tax rebate. The resale and appraisal value of the home also goes up because of the sprinkler systems, which is good for those who’re looking to prepare for selling their house someday, or those who simply want to qualify for bigger loans down the line.

Certain communities around the globe also have started to require new homes to be fitted with sprinkler systems, and it’s only a matter of time before sprinklers become mandated in most communities.

With fire sprinkler systems, you are not only potentially saving your life and those of your family, but also you end up saving more money in more ways than one. And, when both things are considered, there’s really no reason NOT to have a sprinkler system installed in your lovely home.

For more information about fire suppression services call CJ Suppression in Corona, CA at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com.

CJ Suppression also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Victorville, Irvine, and surrounding areas.

Maintaining Your Fire Protection Service |

 

Facility executives can improve the fire safety of buildings by understanding both how and why individual systems work, and how and why systems work together.

“The most important thing to help improve fire safety is to understand how all the systems in a building work: The alarms, the means of egress and passive building systems like fire doors and walls and dampers,” says Chris Jelenewicz, engineering program manager for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. “Facility executives must understand how they operate. All of the systems have a common goal and that is to protect people and property. They work together as one integrated life system. Like a band, they all do different things, but they play to the same beat. If the systems don’t work together, they could actually make matters worse.”

Of course, facility executives should make sure that the systems are working properly in the first place. Individual schedules and checklists for maintaining and servicing these critical systems for each building should be developed and implemented.

Make sure you keep your fire protection well maintained in your area by getting scheduled maintenance inspections. There are many ways in which they could go wrong and so keeping up with a scheduled maintenance plan could greatly improve your system’s durability and longevity.

For more information on the importance of maintaining a fire suppression system, call CJ Suppression in Corona, CA at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com.

CJ Suppression proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Victorville, Irvine, and surrounding areas.

Fire Services | CJ Suppression

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Here at CJ Suppression, we offer a multitude of fire protection services that fit all of your fire needs. We are dedicated to supplying top notch service and providing our customers with quality end results. Here is a list of services we provide:

Inspections/Certifications

Per the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 25 California Edition codebook, all fire protection systems are required to be inspected and certified. Our trained technicians perform all required inspections and testing to ensure your fire protection system is fully operational. Documentation of the inspection is submitted to you and the local Jurisdiction.

Title19 (5 year Inspection)

This procedure inspects all components of your fire protection system and is performed every five years.

Annual

This procedure inspects the required components of your fire protection system on a yearly basis.

Quarterly

This procedure inspects the required components of your fire protection system every 3 months.

Fire Pumps

Fire pump inspections are typically performed annually and more frequent depending on the Authority having Jurisdiction or insurance carrier.

Backflow

Testing and certification is required annually in most Jurisdictions.

Flow Tests

The most popular reasons for hydrant flow testing is for system inspection/certification or water flow requirements being obtained for system hydraulic calculation design.

Kitchen Hoods

We perform installation, inspection, testing, certification and cleaning of kitchen hoods per NFPA codes requirements.

Maintenance

Maintaining of all fire protection systems is key to ensure proper operation during a fire event. We can provide a structured maintenance program with automatic scheduling within our in-house database so you don’t have to worry about scheduled maintenance or surprise fire department inspections.

Repairs

We provide repair service of any type of fire protection system from underground fire line to overhead wet, dry or special hazard systems.

24 hr Emergency Service

Our on call staff can facilitate support for any type of emergency around the clock.

Employee Training

We provide education and training sessions of all types of fire protection systems to employees and or management. Proper education and training of systems can also provide costs savings in case of a non-fire water event.

Fire Extinguisher Service

Fire extinguishers require annual servicing. We provide service and sales of any type of fire extinguisher.

Fire Extinguisher Training

Knowing how to operate a fire extinguisher is crucial, we provide onsite training for any size company to ensure proper protocol in case of a fire event.

For more information about how we can help you with any of our Fire Protection Services, call CJ Suppression in Corona, CA at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com.

CJ Suppression also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Victorville, Irvine, and surrounding areas.

 

Fire Extinguisher Services | Corona, CA

fire extinguisher trainingCJ Suppression, Inc. provides the vital fire extinguisher services needed in order to meet the codes and regulations of local and state fire departments. The professionals at CJ Suppression emphasize that fire extinguisher services should be done annually to ensure the safety of employees, customers, and other individuals. Because the cost of fire extinguisher services are much less than the damage cause by a fire related incident, business owners are encouraged to take the necessary precautions and have the professionals from CJ Suppression properly inspect and replace your fire extinguisher. The skilled experts from CJ Suppression will carry out all the following to make sure that your property and workers are safe in case of a fire or fire related incident

-Inspect the cylinder for any physical damage

-Record all inspections

-Ensure that they cylinder does not have cracks or holes

-Advise you on the proper equipment need for fire prevention

For more information on fire extinguisher service or other measure to prevent fires, call CJ Suppression in Corona, CA at 888-821-2334 or visit www.cjsuppression.com.

CJ Suppression also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Victorville, Irvine, and surrounding areas.