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Fire Prevention vs. Fire Protection: What’s the Difference?

For any property owner, the prospect of fire is a constant concern. Protection from fire damage must be top-of-mind when it comes to safety concerns; not only is there the potential for your business to be irredeemably damaged, there is the chance that life and limb may be harmed too.

The bottom line is that not all fires can be prevented. However – there are some things you can do to prevent and protect your business from fire.

Let’s take a step back right away and look at those last two words: prevent and protect. What’s the difference between the two? What is fire protection, and what is fire prevention? Here, we’ll break down these two different methods – both integral to maintaining your property and your business.

What is Fire Prevention?

Fire prevention is absolutely essential for your business. This process happens before a potential fire can ignite – it’s all about stopping that fire from ever happening. One of the most effective tools for fire prevention is an inspection; regular property inspections can be used to identify vulnerable areas in your facility, and fix them once they have been identified. Those vulnerable areas can include overloaded electrical outlets, improperly maintained or broken systems, and improperly stored materials.

As soon as those problems are identified, it’s vital that the property owner takes the steps to remove these threats – and ensure they don’t ever get to that point again. Using regular inspections helps prevent fires in the business.

What is Fire Protection?

Fire protection is the second element to the process. Fire protection includes a combination of different fire safety equipment and procedures used to defend your property line from fire. The exact specifications of this method will differ from company to company, but there are general elements that should be found in about every commercial facility. These will include equipment like fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems. Combined, these fire protection services work together to ensure your property is constantly protected from fire; together, they work to provide the commercial space with the ultimate safety net against this potentially destructive force.

Again, inspection of your fire protection service or fire protection services is key. Fire sprinkler inspections should be performed regularly (a 5 year fire sprinkler inspection is vital) and if new elements are needed, fire sprinkler installations are a must.

Whether you are looking for a way to prevent fires or protect your property, CJ Suppression is here to help. For more information on protecting your investment, call CJ Suppression today!

The Difference Between Fire Prevention and Fire Protection with CJ Suppression

At CJ Suppression – at the top of the area’s most experienced fire protection companies and fire sprinkler installation companies – we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep commercial kitchens safe. CJ Suppression offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.

Let us know how we can help you!

Crispy Nights Call for Toasty Fires | Corona, CA

As the autumn months progress and the temperatures are slowly beginning to drop, we all begin to prepare for the chilly weather by warming up our homes. And if you have a fireplace, wood or pellet stove, this means it’s time to prepare your fireplace and chimney to ensure a safe season. Let’s take a look at some of these steps…

First thing’s first, everything needs a good cleaning. If you have a chimney, hire a licensed chimney specialist to not only give a good your chimney a good cleaning, but can also check for any issues that may have come up during the warmer months. Clean your stoves and fireplaces as well and make sure you don’t have any combustible items near a flame.

When you light your fires, make sure the flue is open to vent properly and keep mesh guards to ensure no embers escape. Conversely, if you have glass doors in front of your fireplace, keep those doors open to ensure the fire completes combustion and reduce creosote build-up in your chimney.

Never leave a fire unattended – make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. After your fire, you will have plenty of ashes. They need to cool, at times it can take up to several days, before disposal. Keep the ashes in a metal can at least 10 feet away from your home.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, one that is welcomed by toasty fires and hot apple cider. Don’t let accidents ruin this snuggly time.

For more information about fireplace 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.

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.

Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

On average, 7 people, mainly children and the elderly, die every day from a home fire; 36people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day, and over $7 billion in property damages occur each year.

The Red Cross launched their Home Fire Campaign (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fire) in 2014 in an effort to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25%. Since the campaign launched in 2014, the Home Fire Campaign has helped install over one million smoke alarms, in over 500,000 homes, saving over 400 lives.

A critical part of this campaign is Sound the Alarm (https://www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm), which is a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. This spring, from April 28th to May 13th, the Red Cross will be installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in over 100 cities across the country as part of this campaign.

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) joined forces with the Red Cross to support this campaign, with the goal of raising $10,000 to integrate fire sprinklers into their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

The AFSA is currently a quarter of the way to their goal and needs more help. Your tax-deductible donation will not only enable the Red Cross to provide critical support to those struck by home fires, but will also help get fire sprinklers included in the educational information shared by the Red Cross.

Make your donation here: https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/afsa-pub

Get involved with the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to help save lives across the country.

  • Teach home fire safety. Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm and a regularly-practiced fire escape plan can save lives.
  • Become a volunteer with the Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer). Whether helping displaced families, providing care and comfort to the ill or injured, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies such as home fires, it’s important that we all do our part.
  • Join the Sound the Alarm campaign. Get involved in events near you by working in teams to install free smoke alarms across the country and spread fire prevention and safety education.
  • Make a donation to the Red Cross. (AFSA donation form: https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/afsa-pub; Red Cross Home Fire Campaign donation form: https://www.redcross.org/donate/home-fire-campaign)

Sources:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102312387686&ca=798359b4-fbf6-40ad-ad0b-2124b6a8d9c1

https://www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fire#Get-Involved

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

Why You Need Back Flow Testing | Corona, CA

Fire prevention is key to ensuring the safety of your property and loved ones. We protect ourselves by equipping our property with plenty of fire prevention tools. But with all of the fire alarms and sprinkler systems, we often fail to think about a very important aspect to our preventative measures – back flow prevention.

Back flow testing is incredibly important, not only in the world of fire, but in the aide of our water supply. Back flow preventers are installed in order to keep your pressurized fire sprinkler water line from flowing back into the municipal water line. This is possible if whenever there is a loss of pressure from the municipal line. Back flow preventers eliminated the possibility of polluting the water system through cross contamination.

In water supply systems, water is normally maintained at a significant pressure to enable water to flow from the tap, shower etc. When pressure fails or is reduced, as may happen if a water main bursts, pipes freeze or there is unexpectedly high demand on the water system, then such reduced pressure in the pipe may allow contaminated water from the ground, from storage or from other sources to be drawn up into the system.

Once you have installed an approved back flow preventer, it is important that it is tested out. This can only be done by a licensed backflow tester. Once tested and approved, you’re good to go!

CJ Suppression offers back flow testing, call today if you to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions!

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

Accepting patients from Chino, Ontario, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Fontana and all surrounding areas.

Station Fire and Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

To remember those who lost their lives and honor those who survived the devastating Station Fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a memorial service was held on February 20th, exactly fifteen years after the event. Among attendees at the service, the National Fire Sprinkler Association was present to share information about new legislation that can potentially prevent similar fires from occurring in the future.

The legislature in question, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, recently received several critical provisions that will provide significant tax incentives for property owners to install fire sprinklers. Under Section 179, small businesses will be able to fully expense fire sprinklers, up to a cap of $1 million in each year of expense. This allows for retrofitting and upgrading of numerous properties. Furthermore, any small business that needs to borrow money to pay for the retrofitting will be able to fully deduct the interest expense on the loan.

Fire services and other advocates can now promote fire sprinklers and overall improvements to fire protection systems in existing small businesses with the financial support from these provisions. The installation or upgrading of fire protection systems can prevent loss of life, injuries, emotional distress, bankruptcy, and even imprisonment, all of which occurred as a result of the Station Fire.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-fire-sprinkler-association-joins-other-national-organizations-at-15-year-station-fire-anniversary-service-300602324.html

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.

In-Home Sprinkler Systems: What You Need to Know | Corona, CA

Conducting regular maintenance and inspections for residential sprinklers are always a good idea, especially if you have a family you need to protect. Besides, they’re not even that difficult to do and you can easily do it yourself. Here are a few tips to protecting your property:

Make visual checks on all your shutoff valves. The first step is to make a visual check on all the water shutoff valves to see if they’re all open and if the storage tank is full.

Conduct flow tests periodically. Flow tests are also a definite must and should be conducted every few months. Having a system with a clearly-labeled flow-test valve that sprinkles to the outside can help tremendously in this regard. To test, simply open the valve slowly and let the water run its course for more than a minute.

Check the sprinkler components. Make sure that the sprinkler heads and cover plates are not painted over as this will cause problems with their operation.

Use visual signs. Majority of hazards resulting from sprinklers often result from locking the sprinkler valves in the closed position by mistake. Placing signs near the sprinkler components can help remind you and anyone in your house or building what the correct positions are.

Secure the control valves. If your valves are connected to your fire alarm system, you can supervise them electronically. You can also try putting up LO/TO signs to prevent unauthorized closures.

If you have doubts about whether you’ve checked it properly or not, check with your local fire marshal regarding laws regarding sprinklers your area and how to know if a sprinkler inspector is licensed and legitimate.

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

Accepting patients from Chino, Ontario, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Fontana and all surrounding areas.

Why You Should Have Your Kitchen Hood Inspected Regularly | Corona, CA

Accidental firesIf you manage or own a restaurant or commercial kitchen, you know that things can get hectic balancing all your “hats”. Setting up your annual inspection may be on the back burner of your list of things to do for your restaurant, but you should ensure that it is inspected by a licensed company at a frequency set by industry standards depending on the natural of your commercial kitchen. As a reminder, here are the frequencies for having your kitchen hood inspected, as set by the:

  • Agencies or businesses that operate on a 24-hour basis or prepare high volumes of food should have their kitchen hood inspections performed quarterly.
  • Businesses such as sit-down restaurants that prepare food at moderate levels should have kitchen hood inspections performed twice a year.
  • Organizations such as churches that cook small volumes of food or operate only occasionally only need kitchen hood inspections performed once a year.

According to National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 96 (the standards set for kitchen hoods), every commercial kitchen has an industry standard for how often they should schedule the inspection to ensure their facility is up to code. To make sure your kitchen hood passes the grease inspections, make sure you clean it regularly. Grease fires can be dangerous—they flare up fast, the fuel source (grease) is liquid and can easily splash and spread, and they can’t be controlled with water.

If you would like to learn more about kitchen hood inspections, 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.

Testing & Maintenance | Fire Suppression Services

ThinkstockPhotos-476757122You’ve probably noticed the inspection sticker on a fire extinguisher – they need to be properly maintained, including testing and recharging, in order to be effective. The same is also true of commercial suppression systems, regardless of the type of system. While some maintenance tasks fall to the owner of the property, trained professionals should conduct more extensive maintenance and testing to ensure that systems are functional and to comply with fire safety regulations.

Regardless of the type of the system, property owners should ensure that suppression systems are clean, clear, and accessible. The visible components should be routinely checked to ensure they’re free of debris and corrosion, and rooms containing suppression hardware should be kept in the temperature range specified by the manufacturer (for example, wet pipe systems should stay above 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent freezing).

The designer or installer of your suppression system will likely provide a testing and maintenance schedule for professional service. This maintenance is vital to both safe operation, and complying with most local laws. The service varies significantly with the type of the system: wet systems may require backflow testing, foam systems may require chemical sampling to ensure it’s behaving within acceptable tolerances, kitchen hoods may require inspection to ensure grease isn’t interfering with the system, and dry suppression systems may need to be tested to ensure that the air pressure is maintained at proper levels.

Proper testing can very literally save lives, but it’s also required for compliance with NFPA and local regulations. Typically, testing and maintenance plans are specified by the designer or installer, but if you’re unsure of the requirements, contact your local suppression system designer – they’ll help you understand both the types of testing required to comply with regulations, but also the schedule and costs associated with that testing.

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.