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Things to Remember During a Fire Evacuation

The alarm is sounded. You smell smoke. This is not a drill. What do you do next? Most commercial and residential complexes have a proper evacuation plan in place in the event of a fire. These plans typically detail the designated fire exits and meeting places outside of the building. Some associations and companies in high-occupancy buildings periodically conduct fire drills. However, there are a few supplementary tips that you should keep in mind during the evacuation process: 1. Don't panic. The worst thing you can do is make irrational decisions based on fear. When an alarm is sounded, find...
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Emergency Lighting and Your Safety

Power outages may seem like a rare occurance; something that happens so infrequently that it would be foolish to dwell on their possibility. But are you prepared for the lights to go out? Any building that hosts a large amount of people, whether residential or commercial, is required by law to have emergency lights installed in the event of a crisis. Sometimes, a loss of power can be the result of a fire, caused by electrical malfunction (short circuits, improper wiring, etc.). In this case, a lack of lighting can be deadly. The chief responsibility of an emergency lighting system...
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Fire Extinguishers: Types and Uses

It is not uncommon to see fire extinguishers in homes, businesses and public places. The (typically) red, cylindrical device is ubiquitous in our world, sometimes encased behind safety glass. But how much do we actually know about them? If faced with a fire, would you know how to correctly operate a fire extinguisher under duress? The reality is that there are many different types of fire extinguishers with different uses. Utilizing the wrong type of extinguisher in a fire situation can be deadly.  Water-based extinguishers are usually expelled in the form of foam or mist. They should only be used...
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What is the NFPA?

NFPA Logo   The NFPA, or National Fire Protection Agency has been informing homeowners about fire safety and prevention since 1896. The non-profit organization has written and implemented many well-known safety codes in the last century, including the Fire Code, which sets standards for safety and protection in buildings, and the Life Safety code, which requires developers and managers to enact measures to protect building occupants from fires and their related dangers. The NFPA has also set standards for fuel gas and electrical installations, as well as proposing a code that led to the creation of the Fire Diamond (see Figure 1...
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Fire Prevention Tips

Fire prevention tips  A fire can bring severe consequences for a homeowner: thousands of dollars in property damage, the loss of belongings, and a potential loss of life. Once a fire starts in your home, you may have little to no time to get to a safe location. However, there are many steps you can take to protect your family's well-being.  1. Make sure your smoke alarms are in working condition. Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month to ensure the batteries are working. You should have smoke alarms on every floor of your home, in all bedrooms and near...
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