The Hazards of Holiday Cooking

By Best Defense  /  November 8, 2018
The holidays and all the chaos that comes with them once again loom on the horizon. Soon our brains will...
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Home Fire Sprinklers

By Best Defense  /  October 22, 2018
Over 80% of fire deaths occur in the home. Home fire sprinklers can save lives and property from fire. They...
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Emergency exits that wouldn’t open. An unreliable smoke detection system from the 1980’s. A lack of audible and visual fire...
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How to Spread Fire on the Exterior of a Building

By Best Defense  /  September 17, 2018
The Greenfell Tower was a 24-story building in London, designed and built in what is called the Brutalist Style. This...
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Artifacts representing 11,000 years of history were destroyed in a recent fire that gutted Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de...
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Back to School Fire Safety

By Best Defense  /  August 22, 2018
The National Fire Protection Association reports that in the years 2011 through 2015, fire departments in the United States responded...
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I’m Taking You Down With Me

By Best Defense  /  August 10, 2018
In the case of a fire, most people think about the damage the flames do to a structure, but don’t...
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Small Aquarium vs. 4-Person Hot Tub – Choose Wisely

By Best Defense  /  July 30, 2018
Pop quiz: someone walks into your home with a small aquarium in one hand and a 4-person hot tub in...
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What Life Safety Features Does Airbnb Owe You?

By Best Defense  /  July 18, 2018
An article in the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA Journal discusses the challenges that arise from a huge increase in...
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Gamewell FCI Meets the Needs

By Best Defense  /  June 13, 2018
When the University of Central Florida, the largest university in the U.S., looked for a flexible fire alarm architecture that...
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Deadly Lessons Learned

By Best Defense  /  June 7, 2018
Practically a perfect storm of a fire, the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago resulted in over 600 deaths, barely a...
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Updating a Fire Alarm System – Kind of Like Changing a Tire While Driving

By Best Defense  /  May 22, 2018
How do you update an antiquated fire alarm system in a 600,000 square foot senior living facility without disturbing the...
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Elderly Death Could Have Been Easily Avoided

By Best Defense  /  May 10, 2018
In December 2017, an 84-year-old resident living at an assisted-living facility froze to death. The woman had dementia and was...
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Giving Schools the Power of Choice

By Best Defense  /  May 4, 2018
Pasco, Washington’s School District One invested $72 million in a new 324,370 square-foot building at their Chiawana High School, for...
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Dryer Vents – Do You Know How Often to Clean Them?

By Best Defense  /  May 1, 2018
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers in the home are responsible for 2,900 reported home fires each year,...
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Farenhyt In a Mall – Turning Chaos Into Order

By Best Defense  /  April 26, 2018
It started as a small parts and smarts job – providing shop drawings, submittal documents, fire alarm equipment and programming...
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New and Improved Buildings Lead to Improved Building Fires

By Best Defense  /  April 23, 2018
“Modern homes are a perfect storm waiting to happen.” This from a report by Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety consulting...
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Your House Fire is Going to Burn All Your Lottery Winnings

By Best Defense  /  April 17, 2018
In a recent Red Cross survey, 40% of the participants were of the opinion they were more likely to win...
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An Easily Avoided Tragedy

By Best Defense  /  April 9, 2018
A Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, apartment fire has taken the life of one resident and injured five others who are, at...
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Incentivizing Home Builders to Add Fire Sprinklers

By Best Defense  /  April 6, 2018
Thirty years ago, you had 15 minutes to escape a house fire. Now, it’s down to less than 2 minutes....
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NFPA to Fast-Track New Standard for Unified Response

By Best Defense  /  April 5, 2018
In the past 6 years, the United States has seen 232 deaths and 1058 injuries from mass shootings. In the...
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Fire and Foam and 100 Dead

By Best Defense  /  March 28, 2018
For the band Great White, 10 years past their prime, it was a night playing to a crowd of 400...
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Safer. Cheaper. Cleaner Too – the Environmental Impact of Fire Sprinklers

By Best Defense  /  March 16, 2018
Best Defense has already written about how sprinkler systems keep budding fires under control, giving occupants more time to exit...
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Humans – Fire Sprinklers’ Worst Enemy

By Best Defense  /  March 8, 2018
There’s no doubt about the impact fire sprinkler systems have as part of a building’s fire protection system. They can...
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Smoke Alarms – Life-Saver or Ugly Art?

By Best Defense  /  March 6, 2018
Dan Doofus: An Alarming Trend A smoke alarm can save your life and the lives of those you care about...
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