At this point in history, Corvid 19 AKA the Coronavirus needs no introduction nor explanation. The entire world population is...
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Fire Free Happy Holidays

By Best Defense  /  December 16, 2019
The first electric light was invented by Humphry Davy in 1802, who connected wires from a battery to a piece...
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Fire Safety for Dogs

By Best Defense  /  August 27, 2019 reminds us that over 1,000 house fires a year are started by pets and that over 500,000 pets die...
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Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) were first introduced in the 2009 International Building Code. The ERCES requirement was established...
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Trapped By Fire

By Best Defense  /  June 6, 2019
In 1900 and 1901, a ten-story concrete and steel building went up in the New York neighborhood of Greenwich Village....
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Cancer is Killing Firefighters

By Best Defense  /  May 14, 2019
Transcript from Today Show video: Cancer is Killing Firefighters - Toxins Found in Burning Materials We see them at their...
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Built To Burn

By Best Defense  /  April 19, 2019
The fire of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris made news throughout the world. Though the walls and vaulted ceiling...
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Changing the Mindset

By Best Defense  /  February 15, 2019
A burning cigarette thrown into the garbage chute. Nineteen dead. Boarded up windows. 209 dead. Mattress fire from smoking. 55...
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Learned Lessons, Forgotten

By Best Defense  /  January 31, 2019
“There are no new lessons to be learned from this fire; only old lessons that tragically went unheeded.” -Percy Bugbee,...
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Molasses Flood Alarm – Is That a Thing?

By Best Defense  /  January 15, 2019
It sounds like a joke, but on January 15, 1919 – 100 years ago today – there was a flood...
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Christmas Tree Safety

By Best Defense  /  December 3, 2018
The National Fire Protection Association reminds us, as you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small...
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Kids in the Kitchen

By Best Defense  /  November 21, 2018
  From our great friends at the National Fire Protection Association: Do you like helping out in the kitchen and...
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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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Everything Old (and Fire Prone) is New Again

By Best Defense  /  October 1, 2018
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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History Lost Due to Inadequate Fire Protection

By Best Defense  /  September 4, 2018
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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Fire Sprinklers – Fact vs Fiction

By Best Defense  /  February 15, 2018
When we think about the use and addition of fire sprinklers in homes and business, it’s important to address the...
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Tax Code Change Means It’s Time for Your New Security System

By Best Defense  /  February 14, 2018
In addition to a change which allows for greater expensing of purchases related to life-saving fire sprinkler systems, the new...
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House Fire Timeline, With and Without Fire Sprinklers

By Best Defense  /  February 12, 2018
Best Defense Fire Protection & Security would like to share with you this animated timeline from the Home Fire Sprinkler...
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Burn Awareness Week

By Best Defense  /  February 8, 2018
The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury. As part of their...
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This Is Us Uses Slow Cooker to Kill — Are You Safe?

By Best Defense  /  January 31, 2018
This Is Us, the NBC drama series with an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, killed off a favorite character...
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Fire Sprinkler Systems Provide the Crucial Time Necessary for Residents to Escape Fires

By Best Defense  /  January 30, 2018
NFSA: Sprinklers in High-Rise Buildings Have you ever stopped to think about how safe your high-rise building would be in...
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Lack of Compliance Results in Death of 36

By Best Defense  /  January 25, 2018
On December 2, 2016, fire broke out in a warehouse which had been in use as an artist collective, including...
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Change to Tax Code Offers Cost-Effective Opportunity for Fire Sprinkler Retrofit

By Best Defense  /  January 22, 2018
For some property owners, the cost of installation has been a factor preventing them from making the important decision to...
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Avoid Failure, Ensure Fast Response

By Best Defense  /  January 18, 2018
Inspection, Testing and Maintenance NFPA 25 is the baseline provided by the National Fire Protection Association, setting standards for inspection,...
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Fire Sprinkler Suppression for Home Safety

By Best Defense  /  January 17, 2018
NFPA Safety Tips The birth of fire sprinkler systems to protect life and property was as early as 1812, yet...
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Space Heaters Need Three Feet

By Best Defense  /  January 16, 2018
With the record cold winter temeratures that have been assaulting the U.S., keeping warm can be a challenge. Space heaters...
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Reduce the Risk of Winter Fires and Other Life-Safety Dangers

By Best Defense  /  January 15, 2018
Home Heating Safety With the passing of the holidays, dangers from electrical decorations are past, however heating, winter storms and...
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