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Code Compliance Check Prevents Construction Cost Overruns

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Fire Fallout: NFPA To Develop Assessment Tool

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Renovation Planning: How to Avoid Security, Fire Safety, and Other Code Issues

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Uptime Survey: Enterprise Data Centers Carry Two-Thirds of IT Workload

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Fire Alarm System Gateways Recalled for Failure to Activate

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Building Codes Determine Type of Door Hardware Installed

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PTACs Recall Expanded Due to Fire Hazard

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Uptime Survey: Enterprise Data Centers Carry Two-Thirds of IT Workload

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Solar Panels Recalled Due to Risk of Fire Hazard

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Recall: Metal Halide Lamps Can Explode

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Keep Fire Safety Systems Current

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What To Know About Fire Safety System Inspections

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INFOGRAPHIC: New Design Strategies Require Fire Safety Consideration

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Recall: Utility Vehicles Pose Burn/Fire Hazard

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Data Analytics, Internet of Things Create New Frontier in Fire and Life Safety

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Fire Safety: New Opportunities for Intelligence, Interoperability

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Advances in Smoke Detection Technology

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Understanding Today’s Advanced Fire Detection Options

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Mobile Technology Streamlines Security and Fire Safety Products

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Q&A: New Testing and Inspection Requirements for Healthcare Facilities

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Updated Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities Available

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Fire Alarm Pull Station Recalled Due to Failure to Alert

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Fleeing a Fire: ADA Considerations

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Addressable Fire Alarm Technology Brings Variety of Benefits to Building Managers

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Steps To Take To Improve BAS Cybersecurity

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Understanding The Unique Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Buildings

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Exterior Wall Assemblies, Performance-Based Fire Resistance: High-Rise Considerations

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SIDEBAR: Egress Strategy Critical To Overall Fire Safety Plans

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Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) Plays Crucial Role in Fire Alarm Upgrades

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Fire Code Provisions Directed At Building Occupants

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Fire Alarm Panel Recalled Due to Failure to Alert of a Fire, Smoke or CO

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Safety vs. Security: Biggest Issue in Choosing the Right Opening

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Beware of Pitfalls in Doing Fire Alarm System Upgrades

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Facility Survey Is Key with Fire System Upgrade

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Understanding Interconnections Involving Fire Alarm Systems

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Cleaner Energy Sources Benefit Bottom Line at Vanderbilt University

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Natural Gas Transition Saves Vanderbilt Millions on Maintenance

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New HVAC System Changes Priorities for Vanderbilt Maintenance Department

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Corrections Issued to Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems Code

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Changes in Fire/Life Safety Systems

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Alterations, New Occupant Can Affect Code Compliance

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Understanding Advances in Technology, When to Upgrade

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Getting the Best Fire/Life System System You Can

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Improperly Installed Extra Deadbolts Can Pose Life Safety Risk

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Commissioning Fire and Life Safety Systems

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Inspecting, Testing, and Maintaining Fire and Life Safety Systems

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Tips on Testing Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems

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Taking a Comprehensive Approach To Data Center Fire Safety

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Handling Emergencies in Multi-Tenant Office Buildings

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Turf Wars, Staffing Complicate Mass Notification Plans

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Resources for Fire Safety in Green Buildings

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Survey Suggests Many BAS Could Be Vulnerable To Hackers

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BAS Cybersecurity Steps: Firewalls, Isolation, Patches

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Get All Stakeholders Involved in Risk Assessments

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Operate a Green Building Well and Fire Safety Will Follow

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Strategies Include Familiarizing Firefighters with Site and Building

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Green Buildings, Like All Buildings, Must Mitigate Fire Risks

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Do In-Depth Evaluation to Plan Mass Notification System

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The Intersection of Green Building Design and Fire Safety

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Multitude Of Options Available For Mass Notification System

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Force of Habit Can Impact Effective Building Evacuation

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Product Showcase: Fire/Life Safety

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Turn Building Occupants Into Allies For Emergency Response

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How Floor Wardens Aid In Emergency Evacuations

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Crisis Coordinators Play Role In Emergencies, Including Aiding Evacuation Of People With Disabilities

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Tips For Conducting Emergency Evacuation Drills

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Incidence of Dorm Fires Peaks in September, October

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Electric Bills May Rise With New Regulations On Coal-Fired Power Plants

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How Will Electric Utilities Respond To New Rules On Carbon Emissions?

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Electricity-Price Impact Of New Carbon Emission Rules Will Vary

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Look Closely: Will New Regulations Will Affect Your Electric Power Pricing?

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How To Soften Electric Rate Increases From New Rules On Coal Plant Emissions

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Smart Building Systems Beyond HVAC

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Fire System Can Fail Even if Code-compliant

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Changes In Fire Codes, Standards Offer New Fire Protection System Guidance For Facility Managers

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Expanded Scope Of NFPA 72 Now Includes Emergency Communication Systems

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Newer Versions Of NFPA 72 Include Guidance For Integrating Fire Alarm, PA System

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How Outside Factors Can Influence NFPA Codes And Standards

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Why Test New Fire Alarm Systems?

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Testing New Fire Alarm Systems Can Reveal Serious Problems

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Nine Reasons Building Owners Should Have New Fire Alarm Systems Tested

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How to Brief First Responders

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Pay Close Attention To Emergency Preparedness Plan When Specifying Fire/Life Safety Technology

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Assess Current Technology, Expected Future Needs To Develop Good Fire/Life Safety Technology Plan

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The Search for Fire (Safety): Inspections and NFPA 25

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Coordinated Fire System Testing Offers Savings

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Low-frequency Sounders More Effective at Rousing Sleepers

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Clearly Defined Objectives Help Make Emergency Preparedness Drills More Effective

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Testing Communication With Building Staff, First Responders Is Critical Part Of Emergency Preparedness Drills

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Information Gathering Is Major Benefit Of Emergency Preparedness Drills

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Drills Help Facility Managers, First Responders Develop Better Emergency Preparedness Plans

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Fire-Safety Systems: Debunking Myths, Anticipating Trouble

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NFPA 72's Low Frequency Sounders Requirement Takes Effect

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Developing a Fire Protection Plan for Data Centers

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Minimize Fire Protection Costs Through Design

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Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Steps

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Think Big Picture To Reduce Fire/Life Safety Costs

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Examine How Flammable Materials Are Stored To Determine Fire Protection Needs

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Maintenance, Commissioning Of Fire Protection Systems Can Help Reduce Costs

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A Comprehensive Approach To Data Center Fire Safety

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Evaluating Fire Detection Options For Data Centers

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Data Center Fire Suppression Systems: What Facility Managers Should Consider

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Data Center Fire Protection: Containment and Commissioning

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New Choices In Fire Protection Systems Can Help Make Facilities Safer

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Fire Suppression: Storage Spaces, Antifreeze Ban, Portable Extinguisher Monitors

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Replacements For Halon Fire Extinguishing Agents

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Sprinkler Maintenance: Important Part of Fire Prevention

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Fire Alarm Systems Requirements For Use In Emergency Communications

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How NFPA 72 Defines Mass Notification

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NFPA 72 Requirements For Mass Notification

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NFPA 72 Does Not Require Emergency Communication System, But Provides Guidelines

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What You Need For A Mass Notification System

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Firestop Basics For Fire Protection

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Fire Code Compliance Requires Creative Solutions at Manhattan High-rise

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Technical Systems, Occupant Behavior Both Play Role In Fire And Life Safety Planning

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Training, Emergency Communications Are Crucial To Facility Fire Safety Plans

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Identifying Volunteers To Help People With Disabilities In Fire Emergency Can Streamline Evacuation

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Fire Safety In Buildings: Drills, Prevention Strategies Are Essential

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Showcase Products: Fire/Life Safety

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How Facility Expansions Affect Fire Alarm Systems

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Upgrading Notification Systems To Code Can Create Technical Challenges

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Peripheral Limitations Make Expanding Fire Alarm Systems Tricky

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Halon Alternatives Provide Suppression Without Hurting Environment

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Evacuation Planning for People with Disabilities

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Photoluminescence can guide occupants out

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Ways to protect data centers from fire

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Fire Safety Showcase: New Products

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Facility Managers Play Critical Role in Fire Safety Efforts

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Testing, Inspection Play Key Roles In Fire Safety System

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Fire Safety Plans Need To Account For People With Disabilities

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Understanding Fire Stop Systems in Buildings

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Modern Fire Safety Systems Can Be Cheaper, Smarter

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Capitalize on Fire Alarm Systems Advanced Communications Capabilities

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Fire Alarms: Five Ways Facility Managers Can Gain From Today's Technology

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Improved Communication, User-Friendly Features Are Part of Evolution of Fire Alarms

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New Fire Alarm Systems Offer Fewer False Alarms

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New Fire Alarm Systems Offer More Options for Challenging Spaces

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Fire-rated Door Preventive Maintenance Ensures Function

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Life Safety Code Addresses Non-Fire Emergencies Too

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Key Steps to Planning Mass Notification System

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Knowing Facility's Risks Offers Big Rewards When Planning Mass Notification System

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Mass Notification System Requires More Flexibility Than Fire Alarm

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Mass Notification Systems Offer Multiple Messaging Methods

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Power and Gas Prices: Time for Long Term Contracts?

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LEED 2012 Will Emphasize Operating Performance; ADA Deadline

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NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 Cover Commissioning, Testing of Building Fire Systems

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Federal Regulations for T12 Fluorescent Lamps, Incandescents, and EPAct Tax Deductions

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How to Restore HVAC Systems After Flooding

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High-rise Fires Cause $99 Million in Damages a Year

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Opening the Door To Fire Safety

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Fire Safety: Signs of Trouble

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Fire Safety: Focus on Roles

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High Volume Low Speed Fan and Sprinkler Operation

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Health Care Fire Sprinkler Code Considerations

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Match Roof to Fire Rating Needs

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AHJs: Complications for FMs

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Meeting Health Care Fire/Life Safety Regulations Requires Regular Checkups

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Fire Detection, Sprinkler Systems are Key Components of Health Care Fire/Life Safety

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Keys to Testing Fire Alarm, Sprinkler Systems in Health Care Facilities

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Joint Commission Survey: How One Hospital Earned a Perfect Score

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Technology Brings Positive Change To Fire Safety

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The Most Common Fire Safety Misperception

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The Dangers of Fire Alarm System Non-compliance

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How Hotel Fire Safety Systems Can Bring in Customers

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Overlooked Measures Play Critical Role in Protecting Buildings From Fire

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Fire Alarm Doesn't Guarantee Building Occupants Will Evacuate

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When Planning Building Security, Don't Forget About Fire Protection

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When Building Layout Changes, Consult a Fire Protection Expert

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Fire Risk Needs Close Attention in Data Centers

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Effective Fire Suppression in Data Centers Requires Careful Planning by FMs

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Fire Sprinklers Statistics in Commercial Property

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Door Hardware: Codes for Fire and Life Safety

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Door Hardware: Managers Must Consider Codes and Standards

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What is the Primary Goal of Fire-Exit Hardware?

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Planning Your Next Fire Alarm System Upgrade

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Trends in Fires in Educational Facilities

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Fire Safety in Food Service

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Fire Code Questions to Ask Before Upgrading

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Fire Safety Products

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Fire-Alarm and Detection Systems Areas of Concern

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ADA-Compliant Restroom Renovations

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Green Building Design and Fire Safety

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Emergency Planning: OSHA Offers Training Materials

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Data Center Renovation Versus Build New Considerations

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Fire Safety and Prevention in Data Centers

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Green Building Design Can Pose Fire Safety Challenges

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Green Design Solutions and Materials May Be Fire Hazards

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Fire Safety Products

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Fire Sprinkler Retrofits in Existing Buildings

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National Fire Statistics

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Fire Safety Education

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Being Prepared for an Emergency Requires a Regularly Updated Emergency Plan

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Practice Emergency Plans so Occupants are Prepared

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Communication with Occupants, Local Authorities Key to Emergency Planning

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Dorm Fire Safety Tips

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Sprinkler System Advances Ease Retrofit

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Total Cost of Fire Up

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What Are the Benefits of Insulation?

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Testing the Fire Safety System

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Fire Safety and Human Nature

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Maintaining a Fire/Emergency Response Plan

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Facility Professionals Advised to Have Fire Emergency Plan in Place

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Communication Key to Successful Fire Evacuation Plan

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NIST Study Demonstrates the Importance of Balanced Fire Safety Design

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Insulation: Fire Safety Affects Specification

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Fire-Alarm Systems: Inspection Checklist

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OSHA Guidance on Fire Safety

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Fire System Record Keeping

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Vertical-Type Boilers Use Floating Head Design

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Fire Safety: The Goals of Visual Inspections

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Fire Sprinkler Types

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Increased Levels of Collaboration Now Possible Between Intelligent Buildings and Fire and Life Safety Systems

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Fire Safety: Test Systems to Comply with NFPA 72

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Fire-Alarm and Detection Systems: Common Maintenance Activities

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Trouble Spots for Fire-Alarm and Detection Systems

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Fire Safety: Keys to Successful Inspection and Testing Procedures

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New ASTM Fire Standard Addresses Protection of Exterior Wall Assemblies During Fires

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Building-Automation System Upgrade Meets Energy-Efficiency Demands

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Airport Upgrades to Wireless BAS

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BAS Improves HVAC Control, Energy Efficiency

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Fire-System Maintenance Includes Fire Alarms and Extinguishers

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Fire Safety: Drill for Safety

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Fire Systems: Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Ensure Compliance

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Fire Systems: What Does a Maintenance Program Include?

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Resort Retrofits Wastewater-Treatment System

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Fire Protection for Structural Steel

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Avoid Breaking Windows in High-rise Fire

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Keep the Unintended Consequences in Mind When Cutting Costs

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What to Ask Fire Alarm Contractors

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Security Perceived as Most Important Building Feature, According to Survey

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Prepping the Firefighters

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Silent Partners In Fire Safety

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Taking the Heat Out of Fire

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Facility Alterations Can Affect Firestop Systems

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What is a Firestop?

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Inspect HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Rooms for Firestop Breaches

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Doors and Ceilings Crucial to Firestop Systems

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Construction and Renovation Projects Call for Firestop Inspections

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Fire Safety: Who is Accountable?

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What Are the Code Requirements for a Fire Alarm System In My Building?

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What Should I Look for in a Fire Alarm Contractor?

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Why Do Fire Alarm Bids Vary So Much?

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What Do I Do With an Old Fire Alarm System?

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Repair or Replace The Fire Alarm Sytem?

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Can My Fire Alarm Be Upgraded?

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Maintenance Department Renovates Classroom After Fire

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Fire Doors Offer Unique Maintenance Requirements

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NIST Releases Report on WTC 7 Collapse, Completes Investigation of WTC Buildings

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Large-loss Fires Swell in 2007, Report Finds

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Emergency Preparedness: Develop an Operations Matrix

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Ensuring the Water Supply to Sprinklers

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Conduct an Initial Water Distribution System Analysis

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House Passes Grant Program for Building Code Enforcement

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What is Photoluminescent Marking?

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Universal Studios Blaze Caused by Roofing Workers

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Fire: No Time to Wait

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Hot Issue: Maintaining Fire-Rated Doors

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Fire: The Human Factor

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New Certifications Being Developed for Fire Equipment Technicians

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The Human Factor

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Avoiding Data Center Fires

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NIST Tests New Technology for Fighting High-Rise Fires

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Preventive Maintenance of the Fire Safety System

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Fire Extinguisher Training

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The Importance of Firestop Training

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Abandoned Cabling Increases Fire Risk

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NIST Conference to Address Elevator Use in Emergencies

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Facility Safety: Focus on Firestops

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An Ounce of Prevention Keeps Data Center Fires at Bay

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Lines of Defense

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Fatal Warehouse Fire Prompts Partnership to Update Building Safety

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Blazing a Path: New Technology, Design Approach Move Fire Safety Forward

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Catching up

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Maryland Adopts New NFPA Codes

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Hidden Hazard

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Fraternity Fire Kills One; Third Campus Death in Two Weeks

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New Technology Could Increase Fire Safety of High Rise Buildings

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Attention to Detail Pays Off In Upgrade Planning

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A Head Start on Firestops

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Out-of-Sight Fire Hazards

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Fire Safety: Finding the Weakest Link

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Learning Lessons in Fire Safety

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Keeping Sprinklers Ready and Able

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High-Tech Fire Fighting

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Better Ways to Stop Fires

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Fire Focus: Nursing Homes Face Sprinkler Mandate

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Keeping Fire In Its Place

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Fire Escape?

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Squelching Fire Safety Risks

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New Codes Aim For Safer High-Rises

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Fighting Fire with Training

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Performance-Based Fire Safety Design

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Sprinkler Retrofits: Life-Cycle Issues

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Fire Safety

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Maintenance Bulletin

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Electronics Recycling Causing a Stir

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Fire Safety

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Stopping Fire Where it Starts

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Risks, Not Risk

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Breaking the Code

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In mission-critical design, details can obscure big picture

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Talk of code changes tops legal agenda

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Testing and inspection spell success for life-safety systems

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Strategies For Managing Fire Risks