Monitored Fire Extinguishers Within New Construction: Logical & Better Life Safety
Presented by: John McSheffrey – President of en-Gauge
Sponsored by: en-Gauge
Proven & effective when working and accessible, the fire extinguisher is the only component of occupancy’s fire safety program that requires human interaction. In commercial occupancies, the crucial components of a building’s fire suppression & detection are required to be monitored continually for activation: Sprinkler systems, Smoke Detection, Heat Detection & Engineered Suppression systems; the fire extinguisher is the only component not presently required to be monitored for activation. This is changing.
In 2011, the state of New Hampshire became the first state to mandate monitored fire extinguishers within most newly constructed occupancies. The webinar will look at the positive impact an operable fire extinguisher may have on a fire, the tragic consequences of extinguishers being inoperable at a time of need, the technology to electronically monitor fire extinguishers, the evolution of the fire code to recognize the technology, a closer look at the New Hampshire process and how a larger step will impact end users, AHJs and distributors.
Fire code development is based on data; factual data that highlights not only a problem but points to a solution that benefits all. The code effort is not a matter of whether extinguishers should be provided. That’s already determined by the code, the issue is how to best ensure reliability and given that the fire extinguisher is the only component of a building's fire safety program that requires human interaction and that there’s cost effective technology available; mandating monitored fire extinguishers is simple common sense.