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The Joint Commission requires health care organizations to comply with the Life Safety Code in order to ensure fire safety, specifically for the construction and operational conditions to minimize fire hazards in health care facilities. Read more about The Joint Commission role with enforcing NFPA Codes.
The Life Safety K Tag deficiency applicable to fire damper inspections is K0521 HAVC. In order to avoid this tag, confirm that all fire dampers, smoke dampers have been inspected, tested and maintained individually documented every 4 years. If the damper is equipped with a fusible link, the link shall be removed for testing and/or replacement. All inspections and testing shall be documented indicating the location of the fire damper or combination fire/smoke damper, date of inspection, name of inspector, and deficiencies discovered. Contact us in order to maintain your compliance and avoid this deficiency.
Sprinklers, state code amendments, and the safety ecosystem...
As NFPA codes are updated, it is critical to understand how it may impact other areas of compliance, such as state regulations and CMS or health inspectors. This applies as well to new construction sites when designing the fire alarm system. Be sure to understand how one decision impacts all other codes across the ecosystem.
Electric sprinklers, automated inspection and testing, and more: key changes to the 2020 edition of NFPA 25
Smart technologies continue to take over our world, and now we are seeing them transform the fire and life systems in our buildings.
Modern vehicles present a greater fire hazard than ever before. The primary goal will be to quantify the fire hazards inherent in modern vehicles and determine the optimal design and fire protection schemes for garages to combat them. Findings from the project will likely impact at least two NFPA documents, NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, as well as NFPA 88A. In the United States, NFPA 88A is the most widely used standard for parking structures. Continue to read more...
Is your fire alarm system in compliance? NFPA 72 has all of the information for both the designer and installer of fire alarm systems. Avoid the mistake of only reading one or two chapters and assuming you know how to design and install a code-compliant fire alarm system. Learn how to meet requirements of the entire code for a new fire alarm system
Use this tool put together by the NFPA to find the estimated average number of fires reported to local fire departments in the United States by property use during 2012 - 2016.
Here is NFPA President Jim Pauley's presentation on why we are still seeing tragedies happen despite the life safety ecosystem. We cannot continue letting these systems fail, be ignored or underused. It's a matter of life & safety for us all. The NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem is a framework that identifies the components that must work together to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is widely known as a codes and standards organization. The NFPA has created a safety ecosystem which consists of eight key elements that play a critical role to maintaining safety best practices.
Please visit their website to view the ecosystem to gain a better understanding of how your investment in safety and code compliance through routine fire damper inspections and testings plays an integral role in the ecosystem.
Educating the public about fire, electrical and life safety hazards is the first step in playing our part in the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem. Please visit the NFPA website for more information and resources to help you become better equipped to manage expectations and prioritize your life safety requirements.