Effective July 1, 2011, the Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies healthcare organizations across the United States, has implemented new and revised fire alarm and fire protection system requirements for hospitals. The revised EP2 requires that hospitals test their water-flow devices at least quarterly instead of every six months. The Joint Commission also created the new EP25 requiring documentation of maintenance, testing and inspection activities for fire alarm and water-based fire protection systems. Fire alarm and fire sprinkler technicians will inspect entire systems and test components where necessary. Full line fire prevention companies can test any fire alarm system and any fire sprinkler system. The inspection schedules should be computerized so the fire prevention company inspects each system on time and the hospital does not miss any critical dates. In addition, the inspection details should be documented to keep your institution in compliance. For more information about the Joint Commission’s fire protection system requirements, contact Associated Fire Protection at 973-684-7250 or email info@associatedfire.com

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Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half. Many people may believe that their home is adequately protected if they have at least one smoke alarm in the home. However, smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home (including the basement), outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms. Interconnection of smoke alarms or a fire alarm system is highly recommended; when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do. (This is particularly important in larger or multi-story homes, where the sound from distant smoke alarms may be reduced to the point that it may not be loud enough to provide proper warning, especially for sleeping individuals.) A licensed electrician can install hard-wired multiple-station alarms. Wireless alarms, which manufacturers have more recently begun producing, can be installed by the homeowner.

Test stand-alone smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. All smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and those that are hard-wired alarms, should be replaced when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.  In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate even though the fire was large enough, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms. Never remove or disable a smoke alarm. Download NFPA’s free smoke alarm safety checklist (PDF) to test your knowledge about your home’s smoke alarms. Need to know more about smoke alarms? Information provided by NFPA and “Check Your Smoke Alarm Facts” by Mike Hazel.   In an article posted by 1010 wins, click here to read full article http://www.1010wins.com/Officials-Inspect-Jersey-Shore-Rentals-for-Violati/7019949, officials are conducting more and more inspections, and writing up more and more violations, on Jersey Shore vacation home rentals after a January fire in which firefighters found six beds in an attic. The most common deficiency they are finding is dead batteries in the smoke detectors. Few of us realize the importance of functional smoke detectors in the home. Smoke detectors provide an early warning in the event of a fire, which may allow sufficient time to reach safety. Experts report that consumers may cut their risk of dying in a home fire in half simply by having a smoke detector installed. It is not only important to have multiple smoke detectors installed in the home, but also to make sure those detectors are working properly. Smoke detectors most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries. The NFPA recommends that home-owners replace smoke detector batteries with a new battery at least once per year, when it starts chirping (a signal that its charge is low), or when it fails a test, which the NFPA recommends to be carried out at least once per month by pressing the “test” button on the alarm. Contact Associated Fire Protection for more information regarding smoke detectors and other fire protection and safety needs. Also visit our online store to browse a variety of smoke detectors available for purchase. Associated Fire Protection * 100 Jackson Street, Paterson NJ, 07501 * 866-812-3473 * www.associatedfire.com