Thursday, September 29, 2016

Protect What You Value Most: Ask For Home Fire Sprinklers

NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have produced this whiteboard video underscoring the enormity of North America's home fire problem and necessity of home fire sprinklers in eliminating fire deaths and injuries at home.

You have the power to protect what you value most. When building a new home, ask for home fire sprinklers.

Monday, September 26, 2016

How to Install a Leviton Motor Starter Switch and Motor Starter Box

How to Install a Leviton Motor Starter Switch and Motor Starter Box

AC Motor Starting Switches

Leviton's line of industrial grade AC Manual Motor Controllers provide safe, reliable control of a variety of motor loads. Typical applications include manual ON/OFF switching control of bottling lines, pumping machines, air compressors and other heavy manufacturing equipment. These Motor Controllers are available for both single-phase and three-phase applications, with a continuous current rating at all voltages up to 600V AC and maximum horsepower ratings of 20HP.

Friday, September 23, 2016

How To Put Out A Grease Fire

A grease fire can escalate quickly. Follow these safety steps to douse the flames.

Grease fires can be very dangerous. Call 911 as soon as you suspect you cannot control the fire.

Step 1: Initiate an evacuation
Turn off the burner and get everybody out of the kitchen. Have your phone at the ready in case you need to call 911.

Step 2: Avoid water
Steer clear of water. Pouring water on burning grease will cause the superheated water to splatter, spreading the fire.

Do not carry the burning pan outside. The grease will splash and spread the fire.

Step 3: Cover with the lid
Cover the fire with the pan lid. Avoid using glass lids since they can shatter from the heat.

Step 4: Smother with baking soda
Smother the fire with baking soda. This method works if a large amount of baking soda is quickly accessible.

Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire.

Step 5: Douse with fire extinguisher
Douse the fire with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. Store a Class B kitchen fire extinguisher within easy reach.

Step 6: Call 911
If the flames aren't out, call 911 immediately and get out of the house.

Did You Know?
Approximately 3,660 people are injured in cooking equipment fires each year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fire Alarm Systems To Safeguard Your Business

As technological developments continue to bring positive changes and effectiveness in the way things are done, it can only be expected that keeping your business will get even better. When it comes to improving the security levels in your business, the options are numerous. Installing CCTV cameras are some of the best security features you can have to keep an eye on every activity that takes place within your business premises.

Fire alarm systems also come in handy in businesses and you should consider having a reliable one installed. For businesses and large complexes, they have software which sets off an alert and at the same time also notifies local fire authorities when there is a fire so that you can get assistance fast to minimize the effects of the fire or have measures in place to prevent it from erupting or spreading. The fire alarm systems can go a long way in saving your business even when you are closed because the fire authority works around the clock and will come to your rescue at any given time.

The fire alarm systems use open source or proprietary software. The proprietary software has licensed applications, meaning that the technicians require training to manage using it. When looking for this type of fire alarm system, it helps to ensure that the company selling you the proprietary software has installers who are fully trained to handle it and offer excellent services with the installations. When looking at the most suitable fire alarm system for your business, there are three major factors you should consider; type of smoke detector, the size of the building and the battery power.

Smoke sensors

They are what differentiate fire alarm systems. The most common smoke detector types you will find in the market are ionization, photoelectric, air sampling and dual sensor smoke detectors.

The ionization detector traces americium amounts in the air and it can also be combined with carbon monoxide detectors.

Photoelectric sensors on the other hand are similar to the ionization detector only that it uses a strobe light which remains on as long as there are no smoke particles detected and is most suitable for detecting large smoke particles such as those from electricity, clothing and bedding fires.

The dual sensor model combines the photoelectric and ionization mechanism, making the best smoke detector overall.

The air sampling detectors are the commonly used in businesses and use pipe networks with air circulating within them and the sensor samples for any present smoke in the air. It is a more sensitive fire alarm system great for laboratories, warehouses and other areas that require a sensitivity degree that is higher when it comes to detecting the smoke.

When selecting a fire alarm system for your business, ensure that you settle for one that covers all important areas and one that has battery power you can rely on. You can choose a model that is wired to your electrical wiring, but one that also has batteries for backup in case of a blackout so your premises is protected round the clock.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

myRoom Plus

A guestroom management system for light, temperature, and shade control that integrates with property and building management systems.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pass & Seymour: Understand Plug Load Control in 2 Minutes

Unclear on new plug load control requirements for your commercial building? This video will tell you everything you need to know to stay compliant on every job.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day Recipe BBQ Beef Biscuit Sliders "Sizzle and Sear"

 BBQ Beef Biscuit Sliders are a fun breakaway from the traditional grilled burger or steak rut. In this clip I'll show you how to add a rich smokey flavor to your grilled items and how to prep the perfect lunchtime BBQ treat.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Advice on Testing Fire Alarms

Businesses install fire alarm and fire suppression systems in their buildings and hope that they never have to use them.

Although the likelihood of experiencing a fire are slim, it is a good idea to test fire alarm systems on a routine basis to ensure they operate properly in the event that there is a fire.

Fire protection companies has provided fire systems service and installation.

Now that they have a satellite workshop in California, they anticipate that their requests for fire detection systems services and installations are going to increase. They feel as though it's important to share some tips on maintaining fire alarms so businesses can be better educated on when they need to call them for service.

Most businesses do not routinely test their fire alarms and of those that do, many do not properly test the systems. It is important that fire alarms be tested by qualified personnel who are certified. There are several entities that can certify personnel. Personnel also may be factory-trained and certified.

Letting the Pros Do it
For many business owners, scheduling fire alarm tests is yet another task added to an already busy day, so they opt to have a professional company come in and do the work.

Hiring a company certainly has its benefits.

There are several things that can be done incorrectly. But hiring a company that has expertise in this area means the testing will be done properly the first time.

They also offer same-day service for recharging extinguishers and tagging them. Extinguishers must be tagged annually, which signifies that it is charged and lists its inspection date. If a fire department representative sees an untagged extinguisher, the business owner can be fined.

Included in the the alarm testing process is a complete report that details the work done, any deficiencies found and any repairs that need to be made.

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