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Preparation Tips for Your Next Fire Code Inspection

by Cooper Clark on Dec 31, 2015

It is important that your facility is always be “up to code.” This is especially crucial when it comes to your annual fire code inspection. Violations can come with hefty fines. The key to passing inspection is preparation. This starts by understanding the codes and comprehending what is expected of you. Below are some tips to help you prepare for your next fire code inspection.

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Topics: Understanding Emergency Lighting Fire Code

Don't Let your Business Make One of These Common Fire Code Violations

by Cooper Clark on Dec 10, 2015

Ensuring compliance with fire safety codes is a high priority for any business. Certain fire code violations occur more often than others, and are surprisingly easy to avoid by taking a few proactive measures.

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What is an Emergency Lighting Ballast (EMB)?

by Cooper Clark on May 17, 2013

The emergency lighting ballast, also referred to as the fluorescent power pack or emergency power pack, allows the same lighting fixture to be used in both the normal and emergency operations.   In the event of a power failure, the EMB switches to the emergency mode and operates one or two of the existing lamps in the fixture for the emergency lighting fire code required ninety minutes.  These units are UL listed, have both 120/227 voltage capability, an indicator light, and test switch.  The units contain a battery, charger, and a inverter circuit in a single package.  They can be ordered in new fixtures or they can be used to retrofit older fixtures and they are able to be utilized in many different types of fixtures (flush mount fluorescent, recessed cans, etc.). The only negative factor is that the EMB is a sealed unit and when the battery fails (approx. 4-5 years later) the entire unite must be replaced.
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Topics: Emergency Lighting Systems, Understanding Emergency Lighting Fire Code

7 Steps to Understanding your Emergency Lighting Systems

by Cooper Clark on Feb 26, 2013

You've heard about "emergency lighting," but what do you REALLY need to know?

  1. Emergency lighting is required by the NFPA Fire Code whether your facility is located in Connecticut or any other state.
  2. Emergency lighting is sometimes called emergency "egress" lighting and is required to be present and operable within your facility.
  3. The NFPA requirements call for a monthly 30-second tests to be sure that the battery keeps the lamps lit brightly to ensure safe egress in the event of a power outage or other emergency. By just pushing the test button for a few seconds you are not testing the strength of the battery back-up power.
  4. The NFPA requirements call for an annual 90 minute full-load-test to insure all of your emergency lighting systems will opperate for a full 1.5 hours in the event of an extended emergency.
  5. Emergency lighting can be provided within overhead lighting fixtures (such as a flourscent power packs or floursecent emergency packs), individual wall-mounted units (as part of an exit sign, or separate "two-headed" units), or as part of a central emergency lighting system (32v DC system, inverter, or generator).
  6. The different types of emergency lighting require different steps by which to follow to complete the testing properly.
  7. Regardless of the type of emergency lighting your facility has, it must be inspected regularly to meet fire code requirements and insure you are prepared for a life-safety emergency.
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Topics: Understanding Emergency Lighting Fire Code, Emergency Lighting CT

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