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Freezer fire at Iowa grocery store controlled with sprinkler system
Freezer fire at Iowa grocery store controlled with sprinkler system
Firefighters were sent to a Marshall Town, Iowa, grocery store on a report of a fire in a freezer.
8 steps to push past your limits when you think you've hit them
8 steps to push past your limits when you think you've hit them
Sometimes, when it comes to achievement, our biggest enemy is ourselves.
Sprinkler system extinguishes apartment fire caused by clothes left near fireplace
Sprinkler system extinguishes apartment fire caused by clothes left near fireplace
Virginia's city of Manassas Fire and Rescue units were dispatched to a fire at the Barrington Park Apartments. The fire started when a pile of clothing was left near a gas fireplace that was accidentally turned on. Smoke alarms alerted the occupants to...
Watch out for lien subordination
Watch out for lien subordination
Lien waivers are important in construction payment. The parties in control of the money want the project to proceed free of lien claims, for several reasons. Mechanics liens can potentially force double payment, cloud the property title, and negatively...
Fire at high-rise luxury condominium building controlled with help from sprinkler system
Fire at high-rise luxury condominium building controlled with help from sprinkler system
No one was injured in a 3-alarm fire in a kitchen at Piatt Place, a high-rise condominium complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Foundation research on ESFR sprinklers and obstructions
Foundation research on ESFR sprinklers and obstructions
Early suppression fast response sprinklers (ESFR) are high-volume, high-pressure sprinklers that are often used to protect combustible storage as an alternative to installing in-rack sprinklers.
Getting the design basis right
Getting the design basis right
There comes a time when many ask, "What does NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, mean by that?" This is especially prevalent with some of the modifiers that affect the commodity classification, the single most important ...
Sprinkler system helps contain fire at Iowa auto parts plant
Sprinkler system helps contain fire at Iowa auto parts plant
A structure fire damaged an Iowa City, Iowa, automotive parts plant and temporarily shut down operations, but no one was hurt, officials said.
Automatic fire sprinklers prevent possible California apartment fire
Automatic fire sprinklers prevent possible California apartment fire
A cardboard box placed too close to a stovetop caused a fire of short duration in an apartments located in Pasadena, California.
The value of education
The value of education
When fire sprinkler professionals are looking for the best in education and apprenticeship training, they will find it with the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). A great deal of planning, development and administration goes into training the ...
Building a construction industry that includes women, too
Building a construction industry that includes women, too
Amid signs that demand for new construction may be softening in some areas, hiring in the industry has slowed. At the same time, unemployment has fallen to just 6 percent, adding to concerns that a shortage of skilled labor could delay or defer future ...
The house of the future: What dreams are made of
The house of the future: What dreams are made of
When I was just a child, I had an obsession with sceneries, backgrounds, furniture and spaces. What used to affect me so much personally in that special way of constructing? It was undoubtedly the feelings related to comfort sensations, communication w...
Sprinkler assists firefighters in containing fire at Michigan fireworks store
Sprinkler assists firefighters in containing fire at Michigan fireworks store
Fire crews in Otsego County, Michigan, had to rush to save a fireworks store after a fire ignited overnight.
Montana petroleum warehouse fire controlled with help from sprinkler
Montana petroleum warehouse fire controlled with help from sprinkler
A fire ignited at a petroleum warehouse near downtown Billings, Montana, causing damage to the building but no injuries.
Sprinkler extinguishes suspicious overnight fire at California Planned Parenthood
Sprinkler extinguishes suspicious overnight fire at California Planned Parenthood
The Modesto, California, fire and police departments are investigating a suspicious, but apparently small fire at the Planned Parenthood Modesto Health Center.
Rack storage with solid shelving
Rack storage with solid shelving
Historically if you wanted to use early suppression fast resonse (ESFR) sprinklers but had solid shelving, you were out of luck (go directly to jail — do not pass go — do not collect $200). Up until the 2010 edition of NFPA 13, Stand...
Sprinklers keep overnight kitchen fire from spreading at Canada high-rise
Sprinklers keep overnight kitchen fire from spreading at Canada high-rise
About 100 people were displaced from their apartments in a Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada building overnight after a relatively minor fire in the kitchen area of one unit.
For first-time buyers, the American dream can wait
For first-time buyers, the American dream can wait
Buying a home has long been regarded one of the hallmarks of entering adulthood, something to achieve sooner rather than later. For many of today's young adults, however, that is no longer the case. Whether by necessity or choice, they are delaying mak...
Coffee-maker reportedly starts health care center fire, sprinklers reduce impact
Coffee-maker reportedly starts health care center fire, sprinklers reduce impact
Fire officials are crediting a sprinkler system with saving lives and reducing the impact of a recent fire at an Orland Park, Illinois, health care center.
Sprinklers limit damage in possible arson fire at Washington restaurant
Sprinklers limit damage in possible arson fire at Washington restaurant
Firefighters think an arsonist may be to blame for an overnight fire at a restaurant in Redmond, Washington.
Firefighters battle Texas hotel fire with help from sprinklers
Firefighters battle Texas hotel fire with help from sprinklers
Residents at a hotel in Irving, Texas, were temporarily evacuated while firefighters battled a kitchen fire.
Attic fire held back by sprinkler system at California restaurant
Attic fire held back by sprinkler system at California restaurant
Riverside County, California, firefighters responded to a fire at Castañeda's restaurant in Desert Hot Springs.
Fire in ductwork at semi-conductor facility controlled by sprinkler system
Fire in ductwork at semi-conductor facility controlled by sprinkler system
The Lee's Summit Fire Department in Missouri responded to a reported structure fire in the north building of the Summit Technology Campus. When the fire department arrived, a small fire was visible on the roof of the 540,000 square foot, mixed use faci...
Sprinklers contain overnight fire at Maryland hotel
Sprinklers contain overnight fire at Maryland hotel
An early morning fire at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Salisbury, Maryland, forced the evacuation of hundreds of people, authorities said.
Arson fire at Illinois nursing home extinguished by sprinkler system
Arson fire at Illinois nursing home extinguished by sprinkler system
An Alhambra, Illinois, woman was arrested for arson in connection to a fire at the Hitz Memorial Home that occurred recently.
Sprinkler debate back in Maryland General Assembly
Sprinkler debate back in Maryland General Assembly
The debate on whether fire sprinklers should be required in new homes in Maryland returned to the General Assembly.
As demand resurges, builders struggle to keep pace
As demand resurges, builders struggle to keep pace
The building industry righted course in February, with all indicators trending upward. Activity increased in both the residential and nonresidential sectors, and the outlook at present is for continued steady growth throughout the remainder of 2016. Th...
How lien waivers can benefit entire projects
How lien waivers can benefit entire projects
The mechanics lien is a powerful legal tool available to construction parties, but often parties fear filing a lien may create bad blood or destroy a business relationship. Lien waivers exist to benefit all parties involved on construction projects and...
Modern home decor decreases escape time for families trapped in house fires
Modern home decor decreases escape time for families trapped in house fires
Modern homes are made to withstand storms and earthquakes better than their older counterparts, but there's a trade-off to the construction and the cost-effective way we furnish our homes. Fire researchers are finding new homes burn eight times faster ...
Commodity classifications
Commodity classifications
The International Fire Code, 2015 edition and NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2016 edition have different lists for classifications of commodities. When the two differ, which one do you apply? This could place you in a dile...
Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at senior living facility
Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at senior living facility
Residents of the Casa De Pinos senior living facility in Prescott, Arizona, reported activated fire alarms in the building and smoke coming from a third floor apartment. When firefighters made entry into the apartment they found that the building's spr...
New construction starts to grow 6 percent
New construction starts to grow 6 percent
Dodge Data & Analytics has released its 2016 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2016 will rise 6 percent to $712 billion, fo...
How to 'win a bid'
How to 'win a bid'
One of most important things a sprinkler contractor must do is to learn how to "win a bid." In the sprinkler world, you must learn how to keep feeding the beast in order to stay in business and that means you have to get really good at winning bids.
Patio fire at Texas apartment extinguished by balcony sprinkler
Patio fire at Texas apartment extinguished by balcony sprinkler
Texas' Pearland Fire Department responded to a report of a cooking fire located on the patio of an apartment unit. Upon arriving, fire department officials discovered that the fire had been extinguished by a fire sprinkler system installed on the patio...
Nevada apartment fire contained by sprinkler
Nevada apartment fire contained by sprinkler
Nevada's Reno Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire. The fire started in a third floor apartment from a carelessly discarded cigarette. The fire caused moderate fire damage but was contained to the living area by an activated fire spri...
Building structure versus shared support
Building structure versus shared support
For most sprinkler projects the building structure is of sufficient design and capacity to allow hanging of sprinkler components directly to the structure. Structural engineers take into account loads imposed on the structure by the sprinkler system an...
Environmental impact of fire sprinklers
Environmental impact of fire sprinklers
The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) partnered with FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial property insurers, on an unprecedented research project to identify, analyze and evaluate the environmental impact caused by home fires—a top...
Fire at Ohio warehouse contained with help from sprinkler system
Fire at Ohio warehouse contained with help from sprinkler system
Insulation at Owens Corning's Hebron, Ohio, building caught fire, bringing fire crews from multiple departments to the warehouse.
For liens, timing is everything — even if you're right
For liens, timing is everything — even if you're right
As far too many unpaid construction industry participants have come to learn, filing a lien requires more than just being owed money — it also requires strict adherence to the administrative guidelines set forth by the laws of the particular stat...
Nebraska warehouse fire contained by sprinkler system
Nebraska warehouse fire contained by sprinkler system
The Nebraska Furniture Mart is open for business with some restricted access in the aftermath of a morning fire.
Sprinkler keeps Mississippi apartment kitchen fire from spreading
Sprinkler keeps Mississippi apartment kitchen fire from spreading
Food burning on a stove was the cause of a fire that heavily damaged the kitchen of a third floor apartment, said Vicksburg Fire Chief Charles Atkins.
Fire in University of Delaware science laboratory controlled with help from sprinkler system
Fire in University of Delaware science laboratory controlled with help from sprinkler system
Part of the second floor of University of Delaware's Du Pont Hall remains closed while clean up is under way following a minor fire in a materials science laboratory.
Claim your seat in the virtual classroom
Claim your seat in the virtual classroom
There are many benefits to being a member of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). Time and again, members have commented on how joining the association has opened new doors for their business, and allowed them to access resources that are un...
Hung up on seismic issues?
Hung up on seismic issues?
The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address obstruction concerns. AFSA's informal interpretations are provided to AFSA members by Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services Roland Huggins, a P.E. registered in f...
Opinion: Missing sprinklers costs tenants their homes
Opinion: Missing sprinklers costs tenants their homes
According to author Randy Shaw: Mission Local reported that the estimated 60 tenants displaced by a San Francisco, California, apartment fire will likely lose their homes permanently due to the structure's impending demolition. Supervisor David Campos ...
High-rise Texas apartment fire quickly extinguished by sprinkler
High-rise Texas apartment fire quickly extinguished by sprinkler
A high-rise apartment building in southwest Houston, Texas, was evacuated after a fire erupted in one of the units.
How to protect your employees from heat stress
How to protect your employees from heat stress
Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat ...