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Brendan McSheffrey

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Working and Accessible Fire Extinguishers - A Different Outcome

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 1/9/14 9:00 AM

Over the holidays, I got together with a group of friendFire-Extinguisher-in-uses for a night of laughter and good cheer.  At some point over the course of the evening we started talking about a friend who was injured in the 2003 Station Night Club fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people and injured 230 more.  He was one of the lucky ones and escaped with some minor burns and some terrifying stories. 

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Success Stories

Asset Tracking and Emergency Preparedness: en-Gauge in ExecutiveInsight

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 11/18/13 5:10 PM

en-Gauge and Vizzia are featured in this month's Healthcare Executive Insight:

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Monitored Fire Extinguisher Technology a Hit at the Texas State Fire Marshals’ Conference

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 10/3/13 8:55 AM

The en-Gauge technology to electronically monitor fire extinguishers was well received
Texas-State-Fire-Marshals-Logoat the annual Texas State Fire Marshals’ Conference in Austin Texas.  en-Gauge’s leading regional distributor displayed the technology at the conference and the activity around their display was consistently high throughout the show. 

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Codes and Standards, Annual Inspection, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Missing Fire Extinguishers, Blocked Fire Extinguishers, Uninspected Fire Extinguishers, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Non-functional Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Blocked Fire Extinguisher, Inaccessible Fire Extinguishers, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, Empty Fire Extinguisher, Engauge News, Fire Marshals, Electronic Monitoring

Top Fire Code Violations in Hospitals and How to Stay in Compliance.

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 8/1/13 2:51 PM

In facilities as large and complex as hospitals, there are many potential fire safety issues as well as numerous hidden code violations.  Fire-code-complianceRecently, we read a report by the State Fire Marshal of Washington State that outlined the most common violations that have been found in hospitals.  Many of these infractions could possibly start a fire or prevent people from safely escaping in an emergency situation.  We wrote up a brief rundown highlighting some of the more serious instances that occur regularly in healthcare establishments in the US.  Amongst other violations, there were minor problems ranging from burned out light bulbs in exit signs to missing ceiling tiles.  One of the biggest challenges that hospital administrators are faced with is staying up to date with code regulations; we at enGauge take those headaches away.  We’ve taken the time to boil down some of the most cited issues that peaked our interest.  

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Topics: Healthcare, Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Blocked Fire Extinguishers, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, Inaccessible Fire Extinguisher, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, Missing Fire Extinguisher, Empty Fire Extinguisher, Fire Marshals, Medical Oxygen Monitoring

What is RTLS? Real-time Locating Systems Defined

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 7/31/13 2:45 PM

RTLS, or Real Time Location Systems, are combined hardware / software systems that are used to automatically identify the location of objects or people inside of buildings.  
RTLS-Software-ScreenshotTypically, RTLS systems are used within contained areas to keep track of where every asset of interest is at any given time.  The goal of using a system like this is to constantly know the location (and in some instances, the state) of the various assets you need to track.  

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Topics: Healthcare, Wireless Sensor, Medical Oxygen, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, O2 Monitor, RTLS, Smart Sensor, Real Time Location System, Electronic Monitoring, New Technology, Location Tracking, Medical Oxygen Monitoring, Electronic Medical Oxygen Monitoring

Fire Extinguisher Fraud News Roundup

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 7/30/13 2:32 PM

After a conversation with a fire official about the problem fire extinguisher fraud, we decided to take a look for ourselves.  We were shocked by the sheer number of fraud stories surrounding fire extinguishers and their inspections that immediately popped up.  Con artists have been taking advantage of businesses all over the country by simply posing as city officials or fire inspectors and taking cash payments for false services rendered.  Here’s a sampling of some of the fire extinguisher fraud stories that we found particularly interesting

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Uninspected Fire Extinguishers, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, NFPA 10 Code Compliance

Safety Equipment: The First Line of Defense and The Last Resort

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 11/15/12 2:28 PM

large_NYU_Evacuation_2Hurricane Sandy has shown us that there is a thin line between functioning systems and a breakdown in life safety protections.   One need only look at New York City's Bellevue Hospital and NYU Hospitals to see that cascading system failures put lives at risk.  The dramatic image of patients being carried down flights of stairs illustrates the risk.

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Topics: Healthcare, Medical Oxygen, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Medical Oxygen Monitoring

Even The White House struggles with blocked fire extinguishers

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 10/16/12 2:24 PM

White_House_0Following the fire code is a challenge for the best of us;  it is even a challenge for The White House.  Recently The White House released a video "Catching Up With The Curator, The White House Fire of 1814".  Terrific history video that shows the fire damage to the north portico that is still visible.  Right next to the visible fire damage is a blockd fire extinguisher, ironic.

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Topics: A Fire Extinguisher, Codes and Standards, Blocked Fire Extinguishers, Compliance, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Blocked Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Success Stories: The First Line of Defense

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 7/10/12 2:17 PM

It seems to us that it has been too long since we wrote a fire extinguisher success story wrap-up. As usual, the stories aren’t hard to find.  Small fires kept from turning into large, devastating fires by quick thinking individuals using these critical life safety devices.  Here is a wrap up:

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Topics: Fire Suppression, Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Success Stories, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Campus Fire and Security, Apartment, Success Stories

False Alarms and Missing Fire Extinguishers - A Bad Combination

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 5/12/12 2:12 PM

blog_post_Missing-Fire-Extinguisher-Empty-CabinetThis is the type of story that we run across all too often at en-Gauge.  Some pranksters at Western Washington University have taken to pulling fire alarms in the middle of the night.  And to make things worse, there have been several instances where fire extinguishers have gone missing or have been discharged during the same time period.  These types of actions when found in combination can increase the likelihood of a tragedy occuring in the event of an actual emergency.

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Vandalism, Compliance, Vandalism, Campus Fire and Security, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, Inaccessible Fire Extinguisher, Inaccessible Fire Extinguishers