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Stay Safe this Summer with Fire Prevention | Corona, CA

Contrary to popular belief, we are not at high risk for fires in hotels or other public places. But, in fact, our biggest threats are at home, where we typically feel our safest. And since much of our summertime fun involves BBQs and fun with friends and family, it is important to be ready for any type of fire danger, from accidental fires at home to wildfires that pop up without warning. One way to do this is with fire sprinklers. You may not automatically think about fire sprinklers in our homes, but home fires can cause property damage, or far worse – take the lives of our loved ones.

Nearly, 2,500 people lose their lives each year in home fires in the United States. It can be nerve wracking to think about these statistics, however, this should be a reason to consider installing fire sprinklers in your home.

Because Hollywood makes an exaggerated image of everything, including fires, many people seem to think that when a fire occurs, the entire system goes off & soaks the place down. This is false. When one fire sprinkler is triggered, the rest do not activate. Nearly 85 percent of the time only one fire sprinkler activates during a fire, which as mentioned earlier, results in significantly less property damage when compared to a fire hose. And now that homes are burning more quickly than before due to having larger spaces and lightweight construction materials, having a fire suppression system is extremely important.

Summertime is a fun time for getting outside and enjoying the weather. Make sure you have one less worry by having fire sprinklers installed in your home.

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

CJ Suppression proudly serves Corona and all surrounding areas.

Fire Sprinkler Makes Quick Work of Ridgefield Blaze | Corona, CA

 Accidental fires

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter

Published: May 24, 2018, 9:43 AM

A fire sprinkler saved the day for a Ridgefield family whose stove caught fire Thursday morning, said Tim Dawdy, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman. About 8 a.m., Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to a kitchen fire at 184 N. 43rd Place in Ridgefield. Someone was cooking fries in oil when the stove caught fire and burned the kitchen cabinets, he said.

But the home, a condo in a new development in the north Clark County city, had fire sprinklers, which quickly extinguished the blaze before it spread. By the time firefighters arrived, the only thing left to do was mop up the water.

“These simple, inexpensive fire sprinklers really do their job,” Dawdy said. Neither condo on either side of the home was damaged.

Three adults live at the condo, Dawdy said. No one was injured. There were no children or pets in the home.

A fire is a scary thing, especially contained inside a large complex like a condominium complex. Don’t risk the lives of others and your property, install fire sprinklers in your housing or business complex. Fire sprinklers buy you time to get people out of the building and help to suppress the fire keeping it contained to one location.

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

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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.

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Ways to Protect Your Home During Your Holiday Feasts | Corona, CA

A fire broke out Thanksgiving Eve in a New Hampshire home. A resident of the home came home to find the couch on fire. The fire was just about out thanks to the home’s fire sprinklers. Firefighter made sure the fire was out and removed the smoldering couch. An investigation discovered a lamp inside the home caused the fire. The lamp fell onto the couch when no one was home and the heat from the lamp started the fire. If not for the fire sprinklers, the home could have been consumed by flames.

This was a random occurrence that took place because no one was around to watch it happen. But there are quite a few instances that could cause a fire during Thanksgiving. We have deep-fried turkeys cooking on the porch, we have tons of delicious foods in the oven and on the stovetop. Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Which state has the most accidents? For the last seven years, Texas has led the country in most grease- and cooking-related insurance claims on Thanksgiving Day, with 38 according to insurance company State Farm.  Illinois follows, with 27 reports and Pennsylvania and Ohio are tied for third with 23.  New York ranked fourth, with 22 claims and South Carolina and Georgia claimed fifth with 16 claims each.

Thanksgiving is a holiday for family, friends and food. Make sure you protect yourself and stay safe.

 

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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Corona Fire Update: Residents Thank the Firefighters | Corona, CA

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: pe.com

By BEATRIZ E. VALENZUELA | bvalenzuela@scng.com

PUBLISHED: September 27, 2017 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: September 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

As the Canyon fire came racing toward Corona homes Monday night, winds whipping up 50-foot towers of flames, ash and embers raining down on residential streets, the situation looked dire.

“I didn’t think I would see our home again,” said 88-year-old Carmen Sarmiento.

But thanks to the work of more than 1,900 firefighters from across the region, only three homes were damaged and none were destroyed, officials say.

An evacuation order covering about 600 threatened homes was lifted Wednesday morning and the Corona-Norco district announced in the afternoon that all schools will be in session Thursday. As residents began to return to the neighborhoods, waving to and even hugging firefighters, the overwhelming sentiment was gratitude.

“They are our angels,” said Sarmiento, who walked up San Ramon Drive with her son, Manuel Sarmiento, to thank the firefighters. “Our guardian angels.”

She hugged one of the firefighters who was standing on a sidewalk greeting the returning evacuees.

“They did so much,” Sarmiento said. “Angels.”

As of Wednesday evening, the fire remained at 2,000 acres, or just over 3 square miles, and was 35 percent contained, said Capt. Larry Kurtz with the Orange County Fire Authority. The size hasn’t grown since Monday night, while containment more than doubled from Tuesday night. He said firefighters had most of the northern edge of the fire contained and were now focusing on the southern edge, away from the freeway, where the flames pushed into the Cleveland National Forest.

“We’re building lines as we go,” he said.

Although the fire has not gotten any larger, Kurtz said they are not claiming full containment until a physical line – some sort of break that will keep the flames from spreading – has been built all around the fire. Kurtz said fire officials will still be patrolling the neighborhoods south of Green River Road/Foothill Parkway where evacuations had been in place, “Just to be on the safe side.”

When the evacuation was lifted about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a few residents came home to find damage, others saw the evidence of frighteningly close calls and still others were relieved to find their property unscathed.

Carson Richert was still in shock from his first brief visit home Tuesday, when he discovered a hole in his ceiling and insulation all over the floor. Fire officials say an ember likely entered his attic and started a fire. While the structural damage was daunting, none of his personal belongings were destroyed.

When Sandra Raynolds saw the fire cresting a hill Monday night, she grabbed her little dog, Chuy, her credit cards and her checkbook.

“It was so scary,” she said.

On Wednesday, she saw the flames had charred vegetation a few feet from her rear patio.

“It’s incredible what they did,” said of the firefighters who saved her neighborhood.

She and her sister, Maria Johnson, both gave hugs to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi. Johnson said she didn’t expect to see her home still standing.

“It’s an amazing job they did,” said Johnson, who moved in four years ago with her husband and her sister. Their San Ramon Drive house was recently remodeled.

“Thank you. Thank you for risking your lives. We’re very grateful for your work,” Johnson said.

A U.S. Forest Service map outlines where the Canyon fire has burned in the foothills of eastern Orange County and western Riverside County as of Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The eastern edge of the fire got just over Coal Canyon Truck Trail; the western edge reached residential streets in Corona; the northern edge stayed below the 91 Freeway and the southern flank pushed into the Cleveland National Forest.

A U.S. Forest Service map outlines where the Canyon fire has burned in the foothills of eastern Orange County and western Riverside County as of Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The eastern edge of the fire got just over Coal Canyon Truck Trail; the western edge reached residential streets in Corona; the northern edge stayed below the 91 Freeway and the southern flank pushed into the Cleveland National Forest.

The Canyon fire started Monday afternoon off the eastbound 91 Freeway near the Orange-Riverside county line, just within the eastern limit of Anaheim. The cause is still under investigation.

A communications site that’s part of Riverside County’s public safety radio network was damaged when a propane tank exploded at the Sierra Peak site, county Fire Chief John Hawkins told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

At the fire’s most dangerous point, 1,900 structures were threatened, fire officials said. About 600 homes were evacuated Monday night as the fire, which had been burning for a few hours, suddenly tripled in size in just over an hour. Classes were canceled Tuesday and Wednesday at seven schools near where the fire was burning.

All evacuations were lifted Wednesday and all roads were open, but only residents with ID were being allowed to return.

With the evacuation over, all schools will reopen, but district officials said they will continue to monitor the air quality in case activities need to be modified.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District said the fire was producing less smoke Wednesday than before, but air quality could still be unhealthy in Orange County, Corona and Norco.

Before the evacuation order was lifted, some residents of the Dominguez Ranch neighborhood were anxious to return home.

“There is no more fire,” a rushed Nick Chavez said about 8 a.m. “(The roads) should be open now.”

He and his 7-year-old his grandson, also named Nick Chavez, evacuated Monday and walked home Tuesday night because, while people with ID were being allowed in, roads were closed during the evacuation.

Both then had to trek back down Wednesday morning to their car parked at a shopping center outside the evacuation zone.

Nick Chavez walked his grandson, also Nick Chavez, 7, from their Dominguez Ranch neighborhood to take the boy to school Wednesday.

Others expressed thanks to firefighters.

“To all the firefighters and all the first responders, we just want to say thank you,” said San Ponte Road resident Carlos Teves, whose family put up a sign in their yard to show their gratitude.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Teves said. “We just wanted to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you for helping us out and saving our community.”

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

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Be Prepared like a Boy Scout | Corona, CA

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Between needing to have a fire exit strategy, practicing fire drills, and keeping all the fire suppression systems well-cared for, there is a lot of preparation that goes into fire safety, and it’s critical that you know the truth regarding fire safety. The following will dispel four common fire safety myths:

Myth #1: A smoke detector provides enough protection.

Fact: Having smoke alarms can be a vital part of fire safety, but they shouldn’t be your sole form of protection. In addition, smoke alarms may also fail to work in an emergency if the batteries haven’t been changed or charged in a while.

Myth #2: You can control and put out a small fire on your own.

Fact: Many damaging fires start with a small accident. No matter how big or small the flames are, be sure to follow any fire safety instructions you have set in your home or workplace.

Myth #3: Fire sprinklers systems will freeze during winter.

Fact: If you’re worried that your fire sprinkler system will freeze during colder weather, rest assured that proper procedures are put into place during a fire sprinkler installation process to keep it from freezing. No matter how cold it gets.

Myth #4: People always panic during a fire.

Fact: While it may seem natural to think people would freeze up and get flustered in the case of a fire, research has shown quite the opposite. You can make sure the people in your home or building known the fire safety plan by practicing drills and learning evacuation routes.

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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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.

Components of a Fire Suppression System | Fire Suppression Services

467071483When most people think of fire suppression systems, they tend to immediately think of active suppression – sprinklers and extinguishers, in particular, come to the minds of many people. While these are important parts of a fire suppression plan, they’re not the only parts. Fire suppression is a science, and there are many components that a skilled suppression system designer will integrate into a solution.

The first components to consider are active components:

– In order for a suppression system to be effective, the first thing it must do is detect a fire – professional suppression will use numerous sensors and alarms to detect heat, smoke, and other signs of fire
– Once the alarm is triggered, relatively low tech devices such as fire hydrants, fire buckets, and fire axes may be made available depending on the nature of the space – in some cases, straight forward fire extinguishers may be able to extinguish a fire before the full suppression system is activated.
– Once a fire is detected, the fire may be combatted with sprinkler systems (wet or dry) or chemical based systems (gaseous systems that displace oxygen, foam systems, or other extinguishing agents)
– Suppression systems can be designed to make fire fighting easier for fire professionals – placement of fire hydrants and plumbing of pipes for fire fighters can help protect a business in case of fire.

Beyond active components, a properly designed system will incorporate passive components – such as firewalls, fire-stops, grease-ducts, and fire-rated materials to help slow the spread of fire, and limit exposure, and protect high risk materials from heat and flame sources. While these components will not necessarily stop a fire, they can help prevent or slow a fire so that professional fire fighters can more easily contain it.

Properly designed fire suppression systems involve quite a bit more than simple sprinklers and fire extinguishers – if you have people or assets to protect, speak to a professional suppression system designer to make sure that your suppression plan is adequate to both protect your assets and comply with regulations.

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.