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Vehicle Fire Extinguishers 101

Monday, March 30, 2015

We hear the same questions everyday, but there's one that's begun to stand out: “Should I put a fire extinguisher in my vehicle(s)?” The simple answer is, “Yes!” 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that vehicle fires account for about 20 percent of all reported fires. Short circuits, leaking fluids and faulty fuel delivery systems are just a few common causes of vehicle fires.    Read More . . .

FAQs on Fire Escape Planning

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A disorganized evacuation can result in confusion, injury, and property damage. If you are a business owner, please take the time to understand what goes into creating an effective fire escape plan.  Once all your questions are answered, prepare a plan and share it with your employees as part of an ongoing training schedule.  As a homeowner, you should have a clear plan to evacuate your family in the event of a fire.   Read More . . .

Restaurant Fire Prevention Overview

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Restaurants are full of potential fire sources with open flames, hot equipment, electrical connections, cooking oils, cleaning chemicals and paper products. There are an estimated 8,000 restaurant fires each year that cause an annual average of $246 million in direct property damage. Here are some steps you can take to prevent lost revenues from fire and eliminate the possibility that you will have to completely shut down your place of business.   Read More . . .

Fire Extinguisher Inspection and Service

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Fire & Safety Commodities service team uses a custom built reporting system that is fully functional from their handheld smartphones. Our technicians have the ability to include voice data, photos, and apply all AHJ and applicable state codes. This ensures that your company’s fire protection equipment has been tested properly.   Read More . . .

9 Fire Safety Tips for Students Heading Back-To-School

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The beginning of a new school year means becoming familiar with new classes, homework, friends, and PARTIES! With such hectic lives, college students forget about the real danger of accidental fires. We would like to remind students to take action to protect themselves and their friends from fire.   Read More . . .

Our In-house Fire Safety Training Facilities

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Our in-house training process has been supercharged with the addition of a hands-on training space and meeting room.  All of our technicians, both new and experienced, are required to undergo continuous training delivered by our in-house fire safety gurus.  In the past, this training has been comprised of conference room lectures, videos and hands-on training in the field.  The biggest challenge, and time consuming activity, has always been the hands-on field training at a customer site. With our new training space, we can now engage multiple technicians in hands-on training to practice the skills taught throughout the lecture and video series.   Read More . . .

Today in Fire History | Beverly Hills Supper Club fire of 1977

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky, is the third deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. It occurred on the night of May 28, 1977, during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. A total of 165 persons died and over 200 were injured as a result of the blaze. It was the deadliest fire in the United States since 1944, when 168 people were killed in the Hartford circus fire in Hartford, Connecticut.   Read More . . .

The On-site Service Vehicle

Friday, April 25, 2014

Before the world became as it is today, Fire & Safety Commodities dispatched technicians, armed with our colored folders (see previous blog, "So Many Systems . . . So Much Better!"), in a pickup or gutted-out Ford E-350 van with all the tools and manuals required to perform annual fire extinguisher inspections and semi-annual kitchen fire system inspections all throughout the land.    Read More . . .

Fire Extinguisher Inspection Checklist

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In order to ensure that they are available and operate properly when needed, both federal certification requirements and state license requirements mandate that all commercial facilities properly inspect, test and maintain their portable fire extinguishers.    Read More . . .

Are Halotron fire extinguishers a good choice?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Halotron® I is a proven clean extinguishing agent effective on a wide range of fires. These include class A (ordinary combustibles, wood, paper, rubber, plastics, cloth), class B (involving flammable liquids, greases, oils, paints, solvents, alcohols, flammable gases, etc.), and class C (involving energized electrical equipment). Since it is a clean agent, it does not leave a residue after application, and therefore minimal or no collateral damage occurs from the agent itself to equipment and other assets in the area where it is employed. This is in contrast to dry chemical agents such as mono-ammonium phosphate (MAP), and potassium bicarbonate which generate volumes of fine particle dust that have to be cleaned up and that can be corrosive.   Read More . . .

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