At this point in history, Corvid 19 AKA the Coronavirus needs no introduction nor explanation. The entire world population is going through their collective days, trying to figure out how life needs to change to stay healthy. However, it’s important to to remember the other safety protocols we’ve established and not set those aside. Just…

The first electric light was invented by Humphry Davy in 1802, who connected wires from a battery to a piece of carbon. The carbon glowed, though too brightly for practical use, and didn’t last very long. It would be 76 years before Thomas Edison filed his first patent for Improvement in Electric Lights in 1878…

DogHealth.com reminds us that over 1,000 house fires a year are started by pets and that over 500,000 pets die in house fires each year. While the thought of a fire strikes fear into the hearts of every person for many reasons, losing your dog to such an event is one of the most terrifying…

Solving the Coverage Problem

Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) were first introduced in the 2009 International Building Code. The ERCES requirement was established to address the performance of emergency responders’ portable radios inside buildings because building construction, building size, construction features, and other elements can absorb or block radio communications. If a building does not meet the required…

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

In 1900 and 1901, a ten-story concrete and steel building went up in the New York neighborhood of Greenwich Village. At the time, the building was known for its so-called fireproof rooms. After a horrible tragedy that killed 146 people, testimony by Fire Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo before the State Assembly stated, “There may be fire-proof…

Cancer is Killing Firefighters

Transcript from Today Show video: Cancer is Killing Firefighters – Toxins Found in Burning Materials We see them at their most heroic, racing towards danger when everyone else is trying to escape. And we honor their sacrifice when they lose their lives to the flames. But in firehouses across the country, more are dying –…

The fire of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris made news throughout the world. Though the walls and vaulted ceiling are made of stone, the peaked roof was a forest of timbers over 800 years old. That old, dry wood and the large volume of open space was the ideal recipe for a raging inferno.…

A burning cigarette thrown into the garbage chute. Nineteen dead. Boarded up windows. 209 dead. Mattress fire from smoking. 55 dead. Dropped cigarette. 119 dead. In just 12 fires occurring in the United States in the 1940’s, there were 791 deaths. This particular list includes many hotels, a night club, two hospitals and even a…

“There are no new lessons to be learned from this fire; only old lessons that tragically went unheeded.” -Percy Bugbee, president of the National Fire Protection Association  Remembering the Our Lady of the Angels Fire 60 years is an eternity in the world of technology and modern thoughts and practices. It comes as no surprise…

It sounds like a joke, but on January 15, 1919 – 100 years ago today – there was a flood of molasses in Boston that killed 21 and injured 150. Buildings were ripped from their foundations, railroad cars were shoved off their tracks, and several city blocks were left flooded to a depth of two…

The National Fire Protection Association reminds us, as you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Picking The Tree Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Placing The Tree Before placing the…

  From our great friends at the National Fire Protection Association: Do you like helping out in the kitchen and cooking up tasty snacks for your friends and family? Preparing yummy treats can be lots of fun, but it’s important that kids who like to cook know how to be safe in the kitchen. These…

The holidays and all the chaos that comes with them once again loom on the horizon. Soon our brains will be overwhelmed by an onslaught of holiday commercials, the stress of shopping for gifts, and the hecticness of family gatherings. One piece of information we hope isn’t lost in the hubbub is that cooking fires…

Over 80% of fire deaths occur in the home. Home fire sprinklers can save lives and property from fire. They respond quickly and effectively to fire, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire. Home fire sprinklers save lives and…

Emergency exits that wouldn’t open. An unreliable smoke detection system from the 1980’s. A lack of audible and visual fire alarm signals. Faulty emergency lighting. All of these were to be found in the 161-year-old Edgartown District Court building on Martha’s Vineyard. Conditions were so bad, the fire chief ordered that the building be closed…

The Greenfell Tower was a 24-story building in London, designed and built in what is called the Brutalist Style. This architectural style flourished from the early 1950’s until the mid 70’s and is comprised of raw concrete or brick in a blunt layout and lacking ornate features. It doesn’t sound like the sort of building…

Artifacts representing 11,000 years of history were destroyed in a recent fire that gutted Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Over 20 million pieces from fields such as zoology, paleontology, and geology were consumed, including Egyptian mummies and historic artwork. Flames from an as of yet unknown cause obliterated a scientific institution some consider…

The National Fire Protection Association reports that in the years 2011 through 2015, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of almost 5,000 educational property structure fires per year. Back to school time is also safety tip review time: Fire drills must be held at least once a month while school is…

In the case of a fire, most people think about the damage the flames do to a structure, but don’t consider the additional damage the water used to fight the fire can do. Also, what about the costs associated with a business literally not being able to operate? What about the costs associated with production…

Pop quiz: someone walks into your home with a small aquarium in one hand and a 4-person hot tub in the other, both full to the brim. They tell you in no uncertain terms they’re going to dump one of them out in the middle of your living room and give you only five seconds…

An article in the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA Journal discusses the challenges that arise from a huge increase in Airbnb and other short-term property rentals. How are these unique dwellings regulated when it comes to life safety systems? The answer is a complex and not-completely-formed one. The NFPA article starts with a story about…

When the University of Central Florida, the largest university in the U.S., looked for a flexible fire alarm architecture that could grow with a continually expanding campus, they picked the Honeywell Gamewell-FCI E3 Series. The project involved fitting three new dorm buildings as well as a fourth building for administration and maintenance staff. The E3…

Practically a perfect storm of a fire, the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago resulted in over 600 deaths, barely a month after it first opened in 1903. By comparison, the Great Chicago Fire that occurred 30 years prior, destroyed over 3 square miles of Chicago and left 100,000 homeless was responsible for half as many…

How do you update an antiquated fire alarm system in a 600,000 square foot senior living facility without disturbing the 450 residents? You call Best Defense Fire Protection & Security. The extensive renovation involved the overhaul of two separate fire alarm systems that covered seven wings that include apartments, assisted living and a skilled-care nursing…

In December 2017, an 84-year-old resident living at an assisted-living facility froze to death. The woman had dementia and was known for frequently attempting to leave. She had been moved to the facility after her family had sought out a more secure environment in which she could live, however the Sun Prairie facility was no…

Pasco, Washington’s School District One invested $72 million in a new 324,370 square-foot building at their Chiawana High School, for an ever-increasing student population. This new building split Chiawana High School into two wings that needed to be linked by a state-of-the-art technology solution. The Needs Part of the solution was a hi-tech fire protection…

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers in the home are responsible for 2,900 reported home fires each year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to clean the lint from the system. The USFA recommends cleaning the lint…

It started as a small parts and smarts job – providing shop drawings, submittal documents, fire alarm equipment and programming for a customer who had specified a Fire-Lite fire alarm system at a new Dave and Buster’s. These unique facilities combine a full-service restaurant and sports bar with video arcade games on a grand scale…

“Modern homes are a perfect storm waiting to happen.” This from a report by Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety consulting and certification company approved for safety testing by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Through a series of tests on three “legacy” structures against three modern test structures, they discovered some shocking results; occupants…

In a recent Red Cross survey, 40% of the participants were of the opinion they were more likely to win the lottery or get struck by lightning than have a house fire. In reality, it’s staggeringly the opposite. According to statistics, you’d have to have your house catch fire 1,082 times before you’d get smacked…

A Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, apartment fire has taken the life of one resident and injured five others who are, at the time of this writing, battling life-threatening injuries. As per fire code, by having 17 apartment units, the building was required to have a fire alarm system with pull stations which would trigger an alarm…

Thirty years ago, you had 15 minutes to escape a house fire. Now, it’s down to less than 2 minutes. How can that possibly be enough time to get an entire family to safety? Today’s home furnishings, such as carpets, couches, drapes and mattresses, are composed of fast-burning synthetics. Once a fire is ignited, it’s…

In the past 6 years, the United States has seen 232 deaths and 1058 injuries from mass shootings. In the 60 years previous to this period, we experienced 242 deaths and 198 injuries. Had the rate and deadliness of mass shootings not increased, it would have taken until the year 2072 to match the number…

For the band Great White, 10 years past their prime, it was a night playing to a crowd of 400 as opposed to crowds easily exceeding 10,000 such as when they opened for Whitesnake in 1984. What happened on the night of February 20, 2003, would be infinitely more painful than their declining time in…

Best Defense has already written about how sprinkler systems keep budding fires under control, giving occupants more time to exit the building safely. We’ve also mentioned how fire sprinkler systems are less expensive, particularly when compared to the cost of rebuilding after extensive fire damage. The cost of installing sprinklers has dropped and changes to…

There’s no doubt about the impact fire sprinkler systems have as part of a building’s fire protection system. They can easily control fires, keeping them from spreading or extinguishing them altogether before fire fighters can arrive. Estimates from reports by the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association show that death rates were…

Dan Doofus: An Alarming Trend A smoke alarm can save your life and the lives of those you care about … IF they’re properly installed and maintained. The smoke caused by a home fire causes quickly spreading smoke — smoke alarms give you the time you need to get out safely. Install alarms in every…

When we think about the use and addition of fire sprinklers in homes and business, it’s important to address the myths often raised in objection. The truth is, after seeing the impact of fire sprinklers in use in building structures for so many years, the evidence is clear — this technology has proven itself time…

In addition to a change which allows for greater expensing of purchases related to life-saving fire sprinkler systems, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill is a great advantage to businesses and property owners. Tax code revisions now eliminate some financial disincentives toward costs of new, effective security technology. Where previously security systems were…

Best Defense Fire Protection & Security would like to share with you this animated timeline from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Watch how the danger to your people and property exponentially builds very quickly when left unchecked. By having a fire sprinkler system installed, you’re given the time needed to evacuate safely and the fire…

The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury. As part of their efforts, they’re sharing the following information regarding Burn Awareness Week. This outreach is an opportunity to encourage burn, fire, and life-safety agencies to come together and share a common prevention message. Burn injuries continue to…

This Is Us, the NBC drama series with an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, killed off a favorite character by writing into the script a slow cooker with a faulty switch and a smoke detector without batteries. And the internet erupted with more buzz about death-by-kitchen-appliance than over the loss of Jack. A quick…

On December 2, 2016, fire broke out in a warehouse which had been in use as an artist collective, including residential spaces. Known as Ghost Ship, the 86 year old converted warehouse was a labyrinth of passages and “live-work spaces” built up out of a wide assortment of highly flammable materials. Photos from the interior…

Inspection, Testing and Maintenance NFPA 25 is the baseline provided by the National Fire Protection Association, setting standards for inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. Cooperation with NFPA 25 will assure that the system you depend on to protect lives and property doesn’t fail when you need it most. The Northern Illinois…

NFPA Safety Tips The birth of fire sprinkler systems to protect life and property was as early as 1812, yet the same technology that’s been keeping commercial, industrial, and public properties safe isn’t as common in residential dwellings. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, roughly 80% of all civilian deaths occur in homes. Building…

With the record cold winter temeratures that have been assaulting the U.S., keeping warm can be a challenge. Space heaters are a convenient, portable solution which keep us toasty while the mercury drops. However, remember the space heater safety is just as important as keeping warm. Best Defense Fire Protection would like to share the…

Home Heating Safety With the passing of the holidays, dangers from electrical decorations are past, however heating, winter storms and candles still increase the chance of fire during the winter months. The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration offer these tips to reduce the risk to life and property. HEATING The winter…