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What are the different classifications of occupancies and contents?

June 14, 2023

NFPA identifies different classes of “hazard of contents” that reflect the relative danger of various contents in a building depending on how they may start and spread a fire.

How are the different classifications of hazard of occupancies and contents used?

June 14, 2023

Various NFPA Standards and Codes use occupancy and contents hazard classifications to determine the amount of fire protection to be provided in a building.

Why is it important to control use of electric space heaters in commercial settings?

May 10, 2023

According to the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission) there are approximately 1,700 fires caused by portable space heaters each year, resulting in about 80 deaths.

Why is it important to control smoking in residential buildings?

May 10, 2023

According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), there are 7,600 smoking-related fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking each year.

Why is providing adequate means of egress in restaurant settings important?

April 12, 2023

According to an NFPA study, there are hundreds of fires in eating and drinking establishment settings each year.

Why is an understanding of the impact of “Authorities Having Jurisdiction” valuable?

April 12, 2023

Guidance by codes and standards provided by organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association promotes everyday safety.

Can sprinklers be omitted from some areas of residential structures?

March 1, 2023

A sprinkler system can only safeguard people and property if it gets installed.

How can lives and property be protected in multi-family dwellings?

March 1, 2023

In a building four or less stories in height with residential occupancy, life safety is a primary concern with regard to fire risk.

What could cause a fire pump to fail?

February 3, 2023

A fire pump supplies additional water pressure and volume to a sprinkler system. Insufficient pressure, or no discharge from the pump are critical issues.

When does a sprinkler system need a fire pump?

February 1, 2023

A fire pump increases water pressure, making it an essential component of a sprinkler system in some scenarios.