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Guidebook: Causes and Cures for False Fire Alarms

Nov 17, 2014 1:01:00 PM Posted by Zach Nelson

Most of the time fire alarm systems sit quietly, waiting to alert us of a possible threat. We have certainly become highly dependent on them to work when we need them. Yet, at some point nearly every building, including sophisticated high-rises, outdated office buildings, schools, and even our own homes will experience a false fire alarm.

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Video Smoke Detection and Video Flame Detection: Most Asked Questions

Oct 13, 2014 10:45:00 AM Posted by Lee Kaiser

Recently, ORR Protection Systems has fielded an increased number of questions regarding Video Smoke Detection and Video Flame Detection through our "Ask an Expert" portal. Since the interest seems to be increasing we thought it would be helpful to post the most frequently asked questions about this type of detection. 

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Steam Turbine Generator Fire Protection

Sep 24, 2014 10:22:00 AM Posted by Steve Carter

Water Mist Fire Protection Steam TurbineSteam turbine generators are a common source of energy production for public utilities and industry.  The efficient operation and availability of these turbines are of the greatest importance.  Outages caused by unexpected shutdowns lead to significant financial losses and higher generation costs.  The turbine’s ability to operate smoothly and efficiently depends on the bearing lubrication system.  If for any reason lube oil flow is interrupted, then the spinning rotor shaft will make metal-to-metal contact with the inner bearing surfaces.  The failure of the bearing can result in catastrophic damage and extended outages.
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Addressing Sprinkler System Corrosion by Applying NFPA Requirements

Apr 1, 2014 10:50:00 AM Posted by Lee Kaiser

Dry and pre-action sprinkler systems can be especially susceptible to early failure due to internal pipe corrosion. As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, gives the minimum "prevention" steps for preventing corrosion. NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, Chapter 14, gives the minimum "pound of cure."

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