Archive of Author: dsmith@iacircle.com

Why Fire Extinguisher Inspections Are Vital for Your Business

For workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires routine inspection of all fire extinguishers. Annual and other involved inspections must be completed by a certified and licensed fire inspector from a fire protection equipment company. (We detail those requirements below.) Monthly inspections are different. Anyone on staff can complete these simple checks to[...]

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Fire Safety Training for your Business

Fire safety training for your business includes having employees learn to properly use equipment like fire extinguishers. Workplace fires can quickly turn tragic if confusion and panic take hold. The likelihood of that happening is greater without adequate preparation. Having trained personnel on site will go a long way toward protecting the safety of people[...]

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How to Test a Blackflow Preventer

Backflow into water systems has the potential to create serious health hazards, given it can introduce harmful impurities into the drinking water we rely on. Backflow preventers eliminate the potential for such contamination given they are safety valves that allow the free flow of water in one direction only. Water held in sprinkler systems is one[...]

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Fire Alarm Inspection Takeaways: Everything You Need to Know

The statistics are staggering. According to the National Fire Protection Association, local departments responded to more than 1.3 million fires in 2020 that resulted in 3,500 deaths, 15,200 injuries and $22 billion in property damage. Every 64 seconds there’s a fire in a workplace, every 89 seconds in an individual home. Great strides have been[...]

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The Top Industrial Fire Hazards

Fire is a potential wherever heat and volatile materials share space, making industrial sites particularly susceptible to accidents of this kind. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments across the U.S. respond to an average of 38,000 fires at industrial or manufacturing facilities each year, which kill or injure almost 300 and result[...]

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Where to Go for Fire Safety Training

Fire safety training comes in many forms. It can be as simple as the fire drills you performed in K-12, to advanced firefighter training involving rescue procedures. For aspiring or current Illinois firefighters seeking advanced training, their local station is likely to offer many training courses for fire rescue pursuits. Those seeking more conventional fire[...]

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Rules & Regulations: The Most Important Fire Codes for Illinois Businesses

Business owners throughout Illinois and beyond understand there are numerous codes they must meet when operating a business. Many of these codes are related to operating their business safely and meeting the necessary sanitation requirements for places like restaurants. One of the most important codes a business must follow is their state fire code. At[...]

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Fire Risks During Any Time of the Year

It is no secret that fire puts out extreme heat. Because of this, many of us may only think about real fire dangers when the weather is a lso hot (i.e. the summer months). This is far from the truth! While some areas may have heightened fire danger during droughts often experienced in the summer,[...]

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