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Brendan McSheffrey

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10 FIRE EXTINGUISHER VANDALISM INCIDENTS, THREATENING STUDENT AND DORM SAFETY

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 7/12/11 10:54 AM

We run across these stories ALL the time.  Fire extinguishers are the first response against indoor fires. Properly functioning fire extinguishers can put out the majority of early stage fires. In order to protect the lives of those who you are responsible for it is important to ensure that your fire extinguishers are working properly. Here are 10 recent incidents in which fire extinguishers were stolen or vandalized leaving a building at risk in the case of Dickenson High or and in extreme cases like the motel fire in Hoover Alabama, resulted in loss of life.

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Topics: Education, Fire Safety, Fire Extinguisher Vandalism, Fire Extinguisher, Compliance, Hotel and Hospitality

Electronic Medical Oxygen Monitoring - How Healthcare Facilities Benefit

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 6/24/11 11:43 AM

Medical oxygen is a vital component of quality healthcare in the United States and around the world with tens of thousands of people a day relying on it in emergencies and for quality-of-life. With such extensive usage and resultant inconsistent processes, managing medical oxygen is a substantial and costly challenge for every healthcare operator - from hospitals to assisted living facilities and hospice providers. Electronic monitoring and tracking of medical oxygen allows healthcare businesses to substantially improve their internal processes, enhance patient care, lower risk and reduce costs. But what is electronic medical oxygen monitoring?

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Topics: Medical Oxygen, RTLS, Smart Sensor, Real Time Location System, 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

Uninspected Fire Extinguishers Can Be a Matter of Life or Death

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 5/24/11 11:29 AM

en-Gauge is dedicated to improving life safety, and for years we have been discussing the dangers related to uninspected and empty, missing and blocked fire extinguishers.  Still, it never fails to distress us when we learn about a situation where uninspected fire extinguishers are a contributing factor to the loss of life.  

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Inspections, Fire Extinguisher, Annual Inspection, Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Uninspected Fire Extinguishers, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, 30 Day Fire Extinguisher Inspection, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, Apartment, NFPA 10, Empty Fire Extinguisher, Fire Fatality, Depressurized Fire Extinguisher

Why Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Are So Important

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 5/9/11 11:25 AM

We ran across this video recently depicting exactly why Automated External Defibrillators are so important to any Life Safety Effort.  There are several things about this video that are worth watching:

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Topics: AED, Automatic External Defibrillator, Success Stories, Defibrillator Monitoring

Canada Announces Federal Plan to Fund Defibrillators (AEDs) Nationwide

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 4/22/11 11:22 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced plans to federally fund Automated External Defibrillators and related training in hockey arenas and community recreation centers throughout Canada.  
AED-Location-SignAccording to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundationin their announcement of the initiative:

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Topics: AED, Automatic External Defibrillator, Electronic Monitoring

More Fire Extinguisher Violations

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 3/29/11 11:08 AM

I am starting to be dismayed by how many fire extinguisher violations I run across.  It's not as if I look at every fire extinguisher at every location I visit - although, growing up in the fire protection industry, I probably do look at 20% of them.  In the last week, I've run across three more, and I am just one guy sitting in my office most days.

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher Inspection, Missing Fire Extinguishers, Blocked Fire Extinguishers, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, Blocked Fire Extinguisher, Missing Fire Extinguisher, Empty Fire Extinguisher

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

Parking Garage Fire Extinguishers Critical to Life Safety

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 3/15/11 10:53 AM

I was in New York City yesterday for a meeting, and as I was empty_extinguisher_in_parking_garage_0walking through the parking garage to my car for the drive home, I noticed a fire extinguisher case to the side.  As I usually do when I have a free moment, I walked over to make sure the extinguisher was in place and fully charged.  Unfortunately, the extinguisher was empty.  I snapped this photo and shook my head.  Having grown up in the fire protection industry, it always upsets me when I see something like this as I know how important having a working extinguisher can be in an emergency....that is why we started en-Gauge - to make sure thatcritical life safety equipment was monitored 24/7and available when needed.

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Topics: Fire Extinguisher, Fire Extinguisher Monitoring, Empty Fire Extinguisher

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Success Stories

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 2/17/11 10:34 AM

At en-Gauge, we are passionate about life safety, and we love to hear success stories about life safety devices that we monittor and track.  It is no surprise to us the number of success stores about Automated External Defibrillators that come accross our desks, but you may not know what a major role they play in saving lives

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Topics: AED, Automatic External Defibrillator