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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

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

RTLS Systems and Life Safety Monitoring

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 7/15/11 11:49 AM

RTLS and Life Safety Monitoring:  Reducing Risk, Lowering Costs, Improving Patient Care

 

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Topics: Wireless Sensor, Medical Oxygen, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, Inaccessible Fire Extinguisher, RTLS, Smart Sensor, Electronic Monitoring, Medical Oxygen Monitoring, Electronic Medical Oxygen Monitoring

Fire Extinguisher Stops Fire At VA Medical Center

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 5/27/11 11:41 AM

At en-Gauge, we are always keeping our eyes open for Fire Extinguisher Success Stories,   We

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Topics: Healthcare, A Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Success Stories, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Electronic Monitoring

Fire Extinguishers Control Cockpit Fire on Transcontinental Flight

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 3/25/11 10:58 AM

There are a bunch of travellers happy that the fire extinguishers on their flight from New York to Los Angeles worked properly.  According to the New York Post:

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Electronic Monitoring of Fire Extinguishers, Cockpit Fire Extinguisher, Electronic Monitoring

Empty, Uninspected Fire Extinguishers in Police Cars Prompts Texas Legislation

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 1/25/11 10:17 AM

As in most localities, police cars in Midland, Texas are equipped with Fire Extinguishers in case the officers come across a traffic fire emergency.  Unfortunately, it took a tragedy to realize that many of those extinguishers went years without an inspection and may have been non-functional for extended periods of time.  This discovery had prompted new legislation in Texas to ensure the exinguishers are inspected and maintained properly.

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Codes and Standards, Annual Inspection, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Compliance, Uninspected Fire Extinguishers, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Non-functional Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, NFPA 10, Empty Fire Extinguisher, Fire Fatality, Electronic Monitoring

Fire Exinguisher Vandalism Roundup

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 1/25/11 10:12 AM

Vandals continue to do thousands of dollars of damage and interrupt business and community activities by carelessly using fire extinguishers in acts of vandalism.  We continue to be amazed a how many articles come across our desk describing the damage and disruption caused by these acts of fire extinguisher vandalism.  Here are just a handful of the examples from the last few weeks.


Michigan Church Close For Over A Week Due to Fire Extinguisher Vandalism


The Eureka Christian Church in Clinton County Michigan was extensively vandalized by intruders that took delight in having a fire extinguisher fight with multiple dry chemical fire extinguishers.  According toWILX.com:



Volunteers showed up at Eureka Christian Church to help clean up, but were shocked to find more damage than they could handle. Some people snuck into the church gym and had a ball blasting three fire extinguishers.


"It's everywhere. It's on the tables, on the chairs, on the lights, and on the floor. It's just filth," said Eureka Christian Church member Karry Shears of the extinguisher residue.


"When I walked in and saw the damage my heart fell to the ground," said 43-year church member Todd Colley.


...Their insurance company estimates the job will take at least two weeks to clean, but has not determined how much the damage will cost.


The residue for the fire extinguishers is still thick in the air 3 days after the incident and has covered nearly every surface.


A long term concern the church may need to address is that the dry chemicals from extinguishers is corrosive to electronics and extremely difficult to remove from the delicate instrumentation.  The best way to discourage fire extinguisher vandalism is to know when it is taking place by using a fire extinguisher monitoring solution like that provided by en-Gauge.


 


Vandals Coat Spokane, WA School Gyms with Fire Extinguisherslarge_fire-extinguisher-vandalism-crews-clean-floor


In an all to familiar story, vandals broke into a school overnight and the staff came in to find a huge mess and a major disruption to business as ususal.



This photo from KREM.com gives an indication of just how much area a vandal can impact by discharging just a single fire extinguisher.


 



Former Hewlett-Packard Building Vandalized with Fire Extinguishers


In Greeley, Colorado police arrested 3 teenaged boys involved in a truly expensive act of vandalism.  According to The Greeley Tribune:



Three 16-year-old boys were arrested by Greeley police after they were found inside the old Hewlett-Packard building in west Greeley, where they were accused of causing up to $100,000 in damage.


Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said police received a call from a watchman at the plant, in the 900 block of 71st Avenue, at about 11 a.m. Thursday. The caller said he saw three boys setting off fire extinguishers inside the building.


Police arrived minutes later and found the three boys hiding on the roof of the building.


Based on the feedback from the community regarding this story on the Tribune website, passions are running high about the amount of damage and the need to make an example of these vandals.



$10,000 of damage to Eureka, MO High School Pool due to Fire Exinguisher Vandalism


Why is it that schools get hit so hard by vandals that think it is funny to discharge these vital life safety devices as a prank.  With the vandals caught in this situation and a $10K price tag plus criminal charges pending, they probably no longer think it was a very clever idea.  According to the Eureka-Wildwood Patch:



Damage to the school's pool was deemed "extensive," and estimated to cost  more than $10,000.


Wiegand said the police report filed by Eureka police and school resource officer Michael Smith indicated the incident was reported by Eureka's athletic director Jason Green.


"(Green's) statements outlined that he found chemicals floating in the pool from fire extinguishers being sprayed there, and on the equipment of the school's aquatic sports department, which rendered the pool and items unoperable," Wiegand said.


....Monday night, Eureka High School physical education teacher and swim coach Sharon Wasson said the pool underwent extensive cleaning, but that the swimmers were happy to have it return to operational. St. Louis-based catastrophe and restoration company CATCO, handled the cleaning project.  She said they did a phenomenal job with the situation.


 


Don't be taken by surprise by vandals.  Start monitoring your fire extinguisher 24/7/365 with the en-Gauge electronic fire extinguisher monitoring system and be sure that your first line of defense against fires is where is needs to be, accessible and ready for proper use. 

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Topics: Education, Fire Extinguisher Vandalism, Fire Extinguisher, Vandalism, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Campus Fire and Security, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, ABC Fire Extinguisher