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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!

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

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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/

‘Tis the Season for Space Heaters | Corona, CA

fire extinguisher trainingAs the days get shorter and the temperature falls, it is a top priority to keep ourselves warm. And instead of spending lots of money heating up an entire home, many opt for using a space heater to warm things up one room at a time. And this is great; saving some pennies during the holidays is almost impossible. But there are things you need to keep in mind to remain warm – and safe. After all, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that nearly 18,000 residential fires every year are due to space heaters.

Before purchasing a space heater, think about the reasons you are going to use it. Will it be used for supplemental heat in colder rooms or other areas, or will it be used for emergencies? As a general rule of thumb, electric space heaters are typically safer than portable fuel-burning models (e.g. natural gas, propane, kerosene.) Remember to choose a unit that is listed or labeled by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to ensure that the heater meets voluntary safety standards.

Once purchased, become familiar with your equipment. Not only the on/off switch and temperature gauges, but safety features that will shut the unit off under certain conditions. There are times, like while we sleep, when we are unaware of the condition of the heater. Overuse, accidentally knocked over by a pet, and faulty wires are just a few examples that could cause your heater to malfunction and unnecessarily cause a fire. These can include:

  • Overheating
  • Low oxygen levels (aka oxygen depletion sensor)
  • Tip-over switch
  • Touch sensor (if the grill is touched)

Once you have become familiar with your heating equipment, it is now time to set it up in your home. Keep it at least 36 inches from any flammable or combustible materials and place it on the floor, unless it is designed otherwise. Do not put them directly on rugs or carpets, or use them to dry wet clothing.

When using a fuel-fired space heater in an enclosed area, it is a good idea to leave a window or door partially open to allow for fresh air to enter. This will help prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup or a depletion of oxygen. Never take a gas-fired or kerosene heater into a confined space as the results could be deadly. If you smell gas anywhere near your heater, do not attempt to light it. Turn off all controls, open a window or door and leave the area. Do not smoke, touch any electrical switches or use an electrical appliance, radio or telephone in the area. A spark could ignite the gas.

Electric heaters should be kept out of wet or moist places like bathrooms as water could lead to a fire or shock hazard. Also, be sure to plug electric space heaters directly into an outlet since using extension cords could result in overheating and fire. Be sure to clean your space heater regularly, and follow your manufacturer’s guide for specific advice on maintenance and inspection. Stay warm!

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 and protection, 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.

4 Fire Sprinkler Myths Busted

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Fire sprinkler systems have sustained an enviable record for protecting life and property for over 100 years now. However, there are still some common misunderstandings regarding the operation and effectiveness of fire sprinklers systems. To help clear up some of the confusion, I’ve complied a list of 4 common fire sprinkler myths.

Myth #1: Water damaged from a fire sprinkler system is more extensive than fire damage.

Fact: Water damaged caused by a fire sprinkler system will be less extensive than damaged caused by water from a fire hose line or smoke and fire damage is the ability for the fire being able to spread. Fire sprinklers release around 8-25 gallons per minute, while 80-125 gallons of water discharge from a fire hose per minute.

Myth #2: When a fire occurs, every single fire sprinkler head activates.

Fact: Despite all of the images you’ve likely seen in movies and on television, where a flame hits a single sprinkler head and all the fire sprinkles go off, creating chaos, fire sprinklers actually don’t work that way. In fact, fire sprinkler heads act independently and water is only released closest to the fire. Sprinkler heads that are exposed to their rated temperature will be the only heads activated during a fire.

Myth #3: Fire sprinklers are only designed to protect property and aren’t effective for life safety.

Fact: Fire sprinklers provide a great amount of life safety. In fact, statistics have shown that there’s never been any multiple loss of life in a building that has a full sprinkler system. Property losses are actually 85% less in homes with fire sprinklers than those without sprinkler systems. Combining automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in buildings and residences can reduce overall injuries, loss of life and property damage by 50%.

Myth #4: Smoke detectors provide enough protection.

Fact: Having smoke and fire detectors are a vital part of fire protection, but they shouldn’t be your sole form of fire protection. Fire alarms are meant to serve as a warming sign that a fire has been detected and you should get to safety. They don’t minimize or help control a fire and its damage. Fire sprinklers are more reliable method of fire safety.

If you’re interested in protecting your family, property and yourself with the help of fire sprinklers, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 today! Or visit www.cjsuppression.com for further information.

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

Inert Gas Fire Suppression

ThinkstockPhotos-479155414Inert gas fire suppression systems are considered one of the safest and most natural ways of extinguishing fires. The system relies on the use of naturally occurring inert gasses, which are found all around us, such as from the air we breathe.

How Does The System Work?

The air we breathe is composed of around 21% oxygen. Aside from being what exactly helps sustain life, oxygen is also a key factor in sustaining a fire. This means that if you remove oxygen from the air of the hazard area, the fire always goes away as well. Although, doing so creates another problem, how do you sustain life without oxygen?

The answer is simple – by removing enough oxygen to prevent fire from burning, but also keep enough to ensure survival.

In a hypothetical scenario, the system works by reducing oxygen from 21% to lower than 15%, but still higher than 12%. Doing this, the system is able to extinguish all flames and sustain life at the same time.

It is, however, important that the system be checked, maintained and most important of all, properly installed to prevent it from reducing oxygen levels to below 12%.

Should that happen, you will be at risk for the following:

  • Shortness of breath. Once oxygen levels are below 12%, the respiratory system will no longer be able to function properly. You’ll experience shortness of breath, even when you’re resting or sitting down, and your blood oxygen saturation will steadily fall.
  • You will get tired and feel more exhausted faster than normal. You may not even be able to move much at all.
  • Confusion and disorientation. As your body, mainly the brain, is starved of oxygen, your cognitive abilities will become hampered and you’ll find yourself confused and disoriented.
  • You’ll soon experience headaches as your brains are further starved of oxygen. If the oxygen levels drop even further, your symptoms will become worse and you may find yourself in a life-threatening situation.

Is The System At Risk Of A False Alarm? 

These systems often utilize detection and activation systems consisting of a network of detectors, commonly referred to as a double knock. The use of the double knock system ensures that the system will only go into a fire stage alarm if the first detector senses fire. However, the system will reset automatically or remain in the first stage until a second detector senses an even worse threat. If that happens, the second detector activates the second alarm and a countdown to gas discharge begins.

A High Sensitivity Smoke Detection Aspiration System or HSSD can also be installed. The system allows potential fires to be investigated early to prevent additional expenses and unnecessary gas discharge.

With the world leaning more towards “green” and cost-effective systems, inert gas fire suppression systems have become a popular option today. It also doesn’t hurt that the system is not only cost-effective, but also safe and efficient enough to help control fires and make sure that accidental damage is kept to a minimum. However, it is important to remember that the system has to be maintained, inspected and most important of all, installed properly to ensure the safety of your people and your assets.

If you interest in inert gas fire suppression systems, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 today. Or visit www.cjsuppression.com for additional information regarding inert fire suppression systems.

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

Suppression Systems Curbs Fire at Warehouse | Fire Suppression Services

fire sprinkler background.Fire protection at a commercial or industrial facility is more than a few sprinkler heads. It consists of a network of engineered systems must all function together to be effective. Unlike most engineered systems, however, installed fire protection systems cannot be tested under actual conditions. That makes it essential that the specification, design, installation and testing of fire protection systems closely follow accepted industry fire protection standards. It is increasingly more imperative to instal a suppression system in your commercial building, not only to save your inventory and commercial building but also the safety of your workers.

Take for instance this story out of Calhoun, Ga where a Mohawk Carpet warehouse went up in flames. The highly flammable contents went up when hot exhaust from a Forklift sparked the blaze.

“TORRINGTON — A fire Sunday at a carpet factory began when a forklift operator drove over flammable material used to make carpet padding, the fire marshal said.

Fire Marshal Edward Bascetta ruled the fire as accidental.

The fire department called for three alarms Sunday evening after workers, an alarm system and nearby firefighters simultaneously discovered there was a fire within the 150,000-square-foot building owned by Calhoun, Ga. based Mohawk Industries.

The massive industrial building stretches from Church Street to Pearl Street and has an entrance on Migeon Avenue. “The workers were moving the stock pile of foam that they make into padding for carpets,” Bascetta said. “The forklift operator had gone in, picked up a pile and backed up against (material) and had some latex go under the forklift where the exhaust is.”

Bascetta said the heat of the exhaust sparked the fire in the latex, which is extremely flammable.

Brunoli and Bascetta said the quick response and fire suppression systems in place in the building helped control the fire before it got out of control. There were no injuries, and Bascetta said there was no major damage to the building.

Bascetta said the company has been proactive about fire safety. “They came to the fire department and said we manufacture foam padding for carpets, and we will have fires,” Bascetta said. “They take precautionary measures to prevent that, but sometimes something like this occurs and it is purely accidental.”

Bascetta said a sprinkler system activated and kept the fire in check, for the most part, “or we would have had a much larger fire than we did. They had all their safeguards in place.”(Source: www.rep-am.com)”

Thankfully no one was hurt and due to the warehouses suppression system, what could have been an inferno was contained.

Looking for someone to review your existing Fire Protection system or plan an expansion or enhancement to your current system? Or even instal a brand new suppression system? CJ Suppression can help you. Contact us today!

For more information about commercial fire suppression installations 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.

Backflow Testing | Fire Protection Services

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A backflow prevention device is used to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow.

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.

Backflow testing is extremely important, not only in the world of fire, but in the aide of our water supply. Backflow 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.

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 Backflow testing, call today if you to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions!

For more information about how we can help you with Backflow testing, 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.

What is Backflow Testing? | Corona Fire Protection Service

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Backflow testing is incredibly important, not only in the world of fire, but in the aide of our water supply. Backflow 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.

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 Backflow testing, call today if you to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions!

For more information about how we can help you with Backflow testing, 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 Sprinklers Help Prevent Fatality in Apartment Fire | Corona, CA

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A fire broke out in an apartment in San Luis Obispo. Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire. Four people were in the apartment when the fire broke out. Three people in the apartment were fine, while a fourth person had to be rescued by firefighters. That person was treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation.

San Luis Obispo police stated that without the fire sprinkler system, the fire could have gotten a lot bigger. The one victim was in the area of the fire and without help from the fire sprinklers, it could have been a fatality.

Fire sprinklers prevented a near fatality in this situation. They can do the same for you. Be sure your home or office is equipped with fire sprinklers and if they are not, call CJ Suppression in Corona, CA for a free estimate to have them installed. 888-821-2334. Visit the website for more information at www.cjsuppression.com.

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