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Brendan McSheffrey

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Schools and Universities Key Target of Fire Extinguisher Vandalism

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 11/16/11 12:15 PM

Virtually every day, stories about vandalism in schools appear in the press, all with one consistent theme.  The vandals and criminals discharge fire extinguishers in the facilities causing substantial damage, evacuations, school closings and costly cleanup charges.  Here are some stories about schools that have been subjected to fire extinguisher vandalism in just the past few weeks.

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Vandalism, Fire Extinguisher, Missing Fire Extinguishers, Vandalism, Electronic Monitoring Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, Inaccessible Fire Extinguisher, Inaccessible Fire Extinguishers, Missing Fire Extinguisher, Electronic Monitoring

Fire Extinguishers Extinguish an Estimated 5.32 Million Fires in US in 2010

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 10/17/11 11:52 AM

According to the most recent NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) data, in 2010 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,331,500 fires. These fires resulted in 3,120 civilian fire fatalities, 17,720 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $15,478,000,000 in direct property loss.

Of these fires 98,000 were responded to in commercial or municipal buildings. Of the over $11.6 billion in property damage, more than $2.6 billion took place in these non-residential structures. This represents an average loss per reported incident in non-residential / commercial structures of over $34,000.

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Topics: Fire Suppression, Home Fire, A Fire Extinguisher, Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Fire Extinguisher Success Stories, Type D Fire Extinguisher, D Fire Extinguisher, B Fire Extinguisher, C Fire Extinguisher, Type A Fire Extinguisher, Type B Fire Extinguisher, Type C Fire Extinguisher, Type ABC Fire Extinguisher, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Success Stories

Toddler Dies in Fire, Fire Codes Violated, Electronic Fire Extinguisher Monitoring and Annual Inspections Could have helped

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 9/28/11 12:49 PM

A very sad story.  In Albuquerque, NM a 1 year old toddler was killed in a fire that was started when her 4 year old sister was playing with a lighter.  Unfortunately, it is possible that this tragedy did not need to happen.

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Topics: Fire Safety, Fire Suppression, Home Fire, Fire Extinguisher, Codes and Standards, Compliance, Uninspected Fire Extinguishers, Non-functional Fire Extinguisher, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, Apartment

Flight diverted due to tampered with fire extinguisher

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 9/21/11 12:43 PM

After a "suspicious" passenger left the lavatory of the plane, an alert flight attendant noticed a fire extinguisher was out of place and notified the pilots. The plane was diverted as a safety measure.

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Topics: Terrorism, Fire Extinguisher, Home Land Security, Vandalism, Airport

University of Utah uses en-Gauge technology to monitor AEDs

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 9/7/11 12:36 PM

One of the early adopters of en-Gauge electronically monitored fire extinguishers, the University of Utah Salt Lake City has added a new twist to its safety monitoring.

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Topics: Campus Fire and Security

School fire extinguishers hit by vandals, 30 day fire extinguisher inspections can't stop this problem.

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 8/31/11 12:21 PM

How sad is this? Just days before school is supposed to start vandals strike the same school twice in two days. This follows vandalism at another school in the district that resulted in $50,000 in damage.

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Topics: Compliance, Vandalism, Campus Fire and Security

Helping University President's Meet their Climate Commitments

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 8/17/11 11:52 AM

Reading the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment is a positive ex
melting-glaciers-in-mountainsperience.  As one colleague said to me, “I felt hopeful after reading it that so many smart people are throwing the weight of their institutions behind finding the answers to climate change.”  I couldn’t agree more. 

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Topics: Education, Fire Suppression, Fire Extinguisher, Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Environmental Protection, Campus Fire and Security, Environment

Police: "School Extensively Vandalized"

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 8/3/11 11:33 AM

They tipped over furniture, dumped paint, shattered glass and of course, discharged fire extinguishers. What a costly mess these vandals created and just before the doors open for school.

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Topics: Education, Fire Extinguisher Vandalism


Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 7/27/11 11:15 AM
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Topics: Fire Safety, Internet of Things, Life Safety

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