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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.
In NYC, Capitol Fire Sprinklers is the trusted fire sprinkler company for residential and commercial clients who value fire safety. We can install fire sprinklers in your home or building and make sure that your current fire sprinklers are up to regulations. Visit our website to learn more about our services, or call us today at (717) 533-6800 to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 1 month 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.
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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 126.96.36.199.2 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.
Last updated 2 months ago
Even if your home or office is equipped with a working fire sprinkler system, you will still need to develop a fire escape plan so your family or employees are prepared in the event that the building goes up in flames. To ensure that the people who matter to you most know what to do when a fire erupts, go over the fire escape plan with your family or coworkers and paste a copy of the diagram on the wall where everyone can see it. Below are a few words about the importance of having a fire escape plan and how to plan one.
Fire Escape Plans Save Lives
Smoke detectors and fire sprinkler systems can warn building occupants of a fire hazard and even keep the flames low, but these precautionary measures cannot guide an individual out of a burning building. A fire escape plan gives an overview of the building, marking the fastest and safest route one should take in the event of a fire. By knowing how to quickly exit the building, your family or employees will be prepared for the unthinkable. In short, the faster someone can exit a burning building, the better his or her chances are of surviving.
Charting Your Fire Escape Plan
In the event of a home or office fire, every second counts. It only takes a few minutes for an entire wing or floor to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames. To help everyone exit the building as quickly as possible, mark all exits on the fire escape map and draw the fastest route through the building. If possible, try to avoid barriers such as self-locking doors or elevators that require a key card, as these will only slow down an individual’s attempts to exit the building.
Human Behavior During a Fire Escape
One would assume that after hearing a fire alarm, people will evacuate immediately, however this is not always the case. In fact, research shows that up to two-thirds of the time it takes to exit a building is spent looking for more information on what is happening, rather that actually evacuating. While you may think that a fire alarm is just a drill, it is important that you treat every alarm as if it were a real fire. Don’t panic and exit the building in a quick and orderly fashion.
Knowledge is power, and knowing how to exit a burning building can save lives. It is also important to know whether your building’s fire sprinkler system is in good working order. For expert fire sprinkler inspections in NYC, contact Capitol Fire Sprinkler. Visit our website or call (718) 533-6800 to learn more about our residential and commercial fire sprinkler services.
Last updated 2 months ago
House and building fires are some of the most dangerous and destructive events on the planet. While smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and fire sprinkler systems can help reduce the loss of life and property during a building fire, there are some fires that are too large to stop. Even fire fighters have a hard time completely putting out a building fire; most of the time their efforts are focused on containing it and preventing the flames from spreading to nearby structures.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, in 2011, there were 1,389,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,005 civilian deaths, 17,500 civilian injuries, and $11.7 billion in property damage. However, in order to paint a picture of these numbers, we have addressed two of the most studied fires in U.S. history.
The Station Fire
The Station nightclub fire was the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. The Station was a heavy metal nightclub located in West Warwick, Rhode Island. On the evening of February 20, 2003, the headlining band was Great White. The band’s opening performance was accompanied by a flash of pyrotechnics. Unfortunately, the sparks ignited the highly flammable sound dampening foam, which was installed on portions of the interior walls and ceilings. Consequently, the building was engulfed in flames in minutes. Because of the building’s age, The Station was “grandfathered” out of the law requiring fire sprinkler protection. Fire officials later noted that a fire sprinkler system would have likely spared many of the 100 fatalities that occurred that night, perhaps preventing what would be the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.
The Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire
A sprawling complex of banquet rooms and service areas, the Beverly Hills Supper Club was a famous attraction located in Kentucky just six miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio. A major tragedy occurred on May 28, 1977, when a fire broke out that caused 165 deaths, and over 200 injuries. Sadly, this aftermath could have been minimized if certain fire prevention and egress deficiencies had been addressed. First, due to the absence of a fire sprinkler system, the initial fire development, and spread, was uncontrolled. Second, due to the severe occupant overcrowding, as well as the inadequacy of the fire exits, many occupants were unable to safely egress the building. As a result of this fire (which is considered to be the third deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history), many local and nationwide laws were enacted, including mandatory emergency lighting in public venues.