Last updated 9 months ago
When it was first built, the MGM Grand Hotel was one of the first super resorts in Las Vegas. It was also one of the largest hotels in the world. Considering what a marvel it was, you can imagine the horror when smoke was seen billowing out from the hotel’s revolving doors on the morning of November 21, 1980. The MGM Grand Hotel fire claimed 85 lives, and countless others were injured. In this video, you will hear from former NFPA fire investigator Dave Demers about this historic fire. You will also hear first-hand account from survivors and personnel who witnessed the fire on that tragic morning 33 years ago.
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Last updated 9 months ago
The leaves are changing colors, the nights are getting cooler, and the Big Apple is getting its first coating of winter snow. All of this means one thing: the holidays are almost here! As you prepare your home for family and friends, take some time to brush up on fireplace and kitchen safety. After all, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, cooking is the most common cause of residential fires, and fireplaces can be just as dangerous is not used properly. To prevent a holiday disaster, keep these fireplace and kitchen safety tips in mind.
Keep an Eye on Your Fireplace, Oven, and Stovetop
Whenever you are cooking a meal or enjoying a fire, try not to get distracted or leave the room without putting another adult in charge of supervision. In just seconds, a kitchen towel can catch on fire or a burning ember can roll out of the fireplace. This is all the time it takes for a home fire to start, and for all of your holiday dreams to go up in flames.
Don’t Allow Children to Build a Fire or Cook Unattended
While a pair of eyes goes a long way toward preventing a house fire, those eyes need to belong to an adult. Never leave children unattended in the kitchen if the oven or stove is on, and never allow children to build or tend to a fire in the fireplace. Instead, supervise your children and take the valuable opportunity to teach them about the importance of fire safety.
Make Sure Your Fire Sprinklers are Up to Code
A fire sprinkler is your home’s last line of defense against a devastating structural fire. To protect yourself and your family, make sure to have your fire sprinkler system inspected or repaired before you get caught up with the holidays.
Capitol Fire Sprinkler of NYC can make sure that your fire sprinkler system is in accordance with local regulations. We also provide fire sprinkler installations and repairs for residential and commercial buildings throughout NYC. Contact us online or call us today at (718) 533-6800 to learn more.
Last updated 9 months ago
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 150 people die each year in America from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. Invisible to all five human senses, carbon monoxide can be created by a number of products and appliances in your home. Some of the leading producers of carbon monoxide include faulty, improperly-used, or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces. To help keep your family safe during the heating season, here is a look at the dangers of carbon monoxide in your home and what you can to lower your risks of exposure.
Health Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
At high levels, carbon monoxide can kill a person in minutes. At moderate levels, individuals exposed to carbon monoxide can experience severe headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and fainting. Low level symptoms include shortness of breath, mild nausea, and mild headaches.
Actions to Take Following Exposure to Carbon Monoxide
Because the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of the flu or food poisoning, actions must be taken to rule out carbon monoxide. If you start feeling the above mentioned symptoms, turn off any combustion appliances and get fresh air immediately. If you feel better after stepping outside, you may have been exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Go to the emergency room and tell the physician you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide in Your Home
In addition to carbon monoxide alarms in your home, another way to prevent carbon monoxide exposure is by installing and maintaining a fire suppression system. If you are sleeping and a house fire breaks out, you could inhale dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide before you are alerted to the fire if your sprinklers and fire alarm are not working correctly.
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Last updated 11 months ago
In our previous installment on common fire sprinkler code violations in New York, we discussed color coding pipes and handles, adhering to five-year tests, and replacing corroded sprinkler heads. In this short blog, we will explore some additional fire sprinkler code violations that you need to be aware of.
Main Drain Test
The NFPA 25 requires that a main drain test be performed annually or any time the water supply control valve is closed, including any time a fire sprinkler system undergoes maintenance or repair. A licensed fire sprinkler contractor must perform this inspection.
Certificates of Approval
According to section 901.4.5 of the New York City Fire Code, certain fire protection devices, equipment, and systems require either a certificate of approval or approval by the Department of Buildings or the Board of Standards and Appeals. Examples include pre-engineered non-water fire extinguishing systems, standpipe system hose outlets, and fire department siamese connections.
Staying up to date on current fire sprinkler regulations can be difficult on your own, but not when you work with the professionals at Capitol Fire Sprinkler. We provide fire sprinkler inspections throughout NYC, so contact us online or call (718) 577-5701 to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 11 months ago
The City of New York and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have developed guidelines regarding the inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. These codes are designed to improve the functionality of fire sprinkler systems, which are essential in preventing the loss of life and property in the event of a building fire. Some common fire sprinkler code violations include:
According to Local Law 58/09, certain pipes, valves, and handles need to be painted certain colors. All buildings, no matter the size or occupancy, must comply with these requirements.
5 Year Tests
The New York Fire Department will issue a violation for hydrostatic testing every five years. This inspection must be performed by a licensed fire sprinkler contractor and witnessed by the Fire Department.
According to Section 188.8.131.52.2 of the NFPA 25, any sprinkler found to be corroded must be replaced. Protective wax coatings are not permitted to be applied after the sprinkler leaves the manufacturer.
Water Flow Test
The Water Flow Test is performed to test the alarm system on fire sprinklers. There are two types of water flow tests, depending on the size of the building. On smaller buildings a water motor gong is used to sounds the alarm when water runs through the pipes. This test must be done quarterly for buildings that use a water motor gong. On larger buildings an electrical water flow switch is tripped when water flows through the pipe. This switch is controlled by an electric command center that is put into test mode so that it does not disrupt the entire building. The test must be performed semi-annually in larger buildings using the water flow switch.
If you want to make sure that your fire sprinkler system is up to date with local and nationwide regulations, contact Capitol Fire Sprinkler. We have operated under the same name for over 60 years, providing residents and businesses of NYC with fire sprinkler inspections and installation services. Call (718) 533-6800 to learn more.