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Life Safety in Chicago High Rise Structures; Where We Stand
November 05, 2014 - After the showdown in the summer of 2013 between the Illinois State Fire Marshal and certain elected representatives over the code adoption process in Illinois, many thought the battle over high rise life safety was over. Chicago high rise dwellers did not understand that the statewide minimum code is a separate issue from the Chicago Life Safety ordinance passed in 2004 and after a three year extension is finally coming due January 1st, 2015.
Background on the origin of the ordinance:
The Chicago Building Code (CBC) has always relied on the concept of fire-rated separation, or compartmentalization, to contain the fire to…
USAFP Supports Burn Survivors Through Illinois & Wisconsin Golf Outings
September 03, 2014 - This summer members of United States Alliance Fire Protection (USAFP) participated in the Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Invitational. The event raised more than $84,000 for burn survivor groups and programs through sponsorships, live and silent auctions, and prize raffles.
Angie's List Recognizes USAFP
July 01, 2014 - United States Alliance Fire Protection (USAFP), a long-standing and highly rated member of Angie’s List, was featured in an article on the Angie’s List website.
Gravity tanks and fire sprinklers
July 01, 2014 - If inspected and maintained properly by building owners, gravity tanks can effectively provide water supply for fire sprinkler protection in buildings for many years as evidenced by older buildings that continue to use gravity tanks. However, the frigid cold of this past winter in the Midwest presented unique challenges to owners of older buildings where some tanks began to leak or shift and had to be removed.
Nearly a century ago, gravity tanks for fire suppression sat atop what were then considered industrial or light industrial buildings where full-time building engineers were available to conduct inspections. Since then, many of…
Gregg Huennekens to receive 2014 Golden Sprinkler Award
April 15, 2014 - CEO of USA Fire Protection will be receive the Golden Sprinkler Award, the highest honor from the National Fire Sprinkler Association.
The road to zero
April 15, 2014 - USAFP reaches more than two million man-hours worked without a lost-time injury.
August 21, 2013 - For USAFP, business development is not just about marketing the company, but also about the corporate responsibility we pride ourselves in giving back to the communities in which we work and live.
USAFP Residential Division Recognized
August 21, 2013 - The Center for Public Safety Excellence recognized USAFP as the first accredited residential fire sprinkler contractor.
In-Focus O'Hare Taxiway
August 21, 2013 - USAFP completes challenging tunnel project at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
August 21, 2013 - USAFP reaches one-million work hours without a lost-time incident.
USAFP acquires Dynamic Fire Protection
August 08, 2013 - APi Group and United States Alliance Fire Protection welcomes Dynamic Fire Protection of Plainfield, Ill. The deal closed August 1.
Enhanced fire safety for New Loop residential project
May 20, 2013 - In 2014, an environmentally friendly 42-story apartment building will open its doors at 73 E. Lake St. in Chicago. The state-of-the-art building, Summit on the Lake, will boast an indoor pool, fitness center, yoga/Pilates studio, business center, cyber cafe, theater and spa with a waterfall.United States Alliance Fire Protection will install the fire sprinkler system for the 332-unit apartment building. This will include multi-zoned sprinkler systems throughout the building's 530,000 square feet, two standpipes, two fire pump zones and dry pipe automatic fire sprinkler systems protecting the 178-space parking garage.Aaron Hoffberg, a USAFP project manager and LEED AP, is overseeing…
Flowers in bloom? Time for dry system testing and service
May 20, 2013 - Dry fire sprinkler systems provide an alternative to traditional wet pipe sprinkler systems for unheated areas subject to frozen pipe damage. But dry pipe systems require a special level of care, said Mark Agostinho, the Inspection Supervisor of United States Alliance Fire Protection."As important as it is to have consistent, annual testing for a standard wet pipe sprinkler system, the time of year is not necessarily a factor," said Agostinho. "However, with dry pipe systems, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends testing in the spring so as not to introduce water in the system during the winter where freezing…
Fire extinguishers: Four tips to keep your family safe this spring
May 20, 2013 - When it comes to home safety, fire extinguishers are your first line of defense, but only when they're installed correctly and used properly. Spring is the perfect time of year to make sure you know how your home’s fire extinguishers work, where they should be located and what type you should install.Here are four tips to keep in mind around your home:1. Location, location, location. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing fire extinguishers near the exits of your home. NFPA also emphasizes that fire extinguishers should only be use when:The fire is confined to a small areaEveryone…
Avoid winter's fire hazards
December 06, 2012 - USAFP offers you five tips to keep
you and your guests safe this winter.
How to prevent fire sprinkler freeze-ups
December 06, 2012 - USAFP brings maintenance tips to customers.
USAFP finishes what it started at the Tribune Tower
December 06, 2012 - Any opportunity to improve upon the safety
of an 87-year-old Chicago landmark is a
welcomed one, but it also bears the weight
of enormous responsibility.
Top Fire Sprinkler Myths - Part One
August 23, 2012 - At USAFP, we know a thing or two
about fire sprinkler systems. Check out
this list of the top 10 fire sprinkler myths.
USAFP Job Finishers Prep Customers for the Future
August 23, 2012 - After successfully installing all fire
sprinkler systems, USAFP sends
a job finisher to prepare facility managers
to properly maintain their new equipment.
Defend Against Metal-Free Lithium-Ion Battery Fires with Sprinklers
August 23, 2012 - Lithium-ion batteries can combust, melt
a laptop or wreak other kinds of havoc
when stored improperly.
Fortunately, a fire sprinkler system
can minimize metal-free lithium-ion
battery fire damage.
USAFP celebrates one-year anniversary
June 12, 2012 - Before there was United States Alliance Fire Protection Inc. (USAFP), there were United States Fire Protection (USFP) and Alliance Fire Protection (AFP), two successful companies. This spring marked the one-year anniversary of the USFP and AFP merger, which took place last April."It's been an exciting year," says Chad Huennekens, president of USAFP. "It has been amazing to see the tremendous talent of two great companies come together to form USAFP. We're now able to provide a greater range of specialized expertise for our customers."After USFP opened its doors in 1986, the company grew to become the largest fire protection contractor…
Curran takes risk out of the equation
June 12, 2012 - 2011 marked the fourth consecutive year that both companies that now make up United States Alliance Fire Protection (USAFP) earned the prestigious ASA Chicago Safety Award. The review process for this award entails a thorough analysis of a company's performance during the previous three years. By this math, USAFP's safety and loss prevention programs have been at the front of the pack since 2004.That date coincides with the start of Dave Curran's career as USAFP's director of safety and risk management, a job he's held for the past eight years. During that time, Curran has continued to raise the bar…
Data shows codes, sprinklers protect homes from fire destruction
June 12, 2012 - More and more communities in the Chicago area and across the country are implementing stricter fire safety standards for residential structures, and with good reason: New data shows that residential fire sprinkler systems save lives and minimize the devastating effects fires can have on residents and their property. Residential fire codes and regulations are evolving constantly to accommodate the latest technologies and safety needs. The growth of residential fire codes in the Chicago area started in 1988, says Bill Winzentsen, vice president of the residential division at United States Alliance Fire Protection. That's the year northwest suburban Long Grove became…
USAFP runs lean and green
March 15, 2012 - The Chicago River isn't the only thing that's
green this St. Patrick's Day. With its lean initiatives
and eco-friendly mentality, USAFP has taken
the steps to reduce waste and run a tighter
ship in recent years.
Staying safe in non-sprinklered buildings
March 15, 2012 - Chicago building owners spend more money
on alternative devices than if they installed
Don't let corrosion sneak up on your sprinkler system
March 15, 2012 - Learn how you can control corrosion.
Better building with BIM
December 16, 2011 - Fewer building conflicts, less downtime during construction and less paperwork are just a few of the reasons that project owners and their teams are hopping on the Building Information Modeling (BIM) bandwagon. BIM uses computer-assisted design to create 3-D virtual models of buildings. These models take into account the materials that will be used during construction and the systems that will go into the building, such as fire protection, electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems. By creating a detailed representation of the building and its components, project teams can identify and resolve any building conflicts during the design phase instead of…
Contractor Score gives USAFP top marks for its finances
December 16, 2011 - Contractor Score awarded United States
Fire Protection (USAFP) with the highest
rankings for fiscal health and responsibility.
Stay festive this season - without the fire hazards
December 16, 2011 - - Without the fire hazards.
United States Fire Protection (USAFP) shares
fire safety tips to keep you and your guests safe
this holiday season.
Don't let winter leave your sprinkler system out in the cold
September 16, 2011 - Is your sprinkler system ready for winter? Proper maintenance now can help you avoid inconvenient and potentially costly freeze-ups once the mercury drops. Dry pipe systems and wet pipe systems require different kinds of maintenance to keep them operational. Although dry pipe systems are designed for cold environments, they often malfunction in winter because of poor maintenance. Dry pipe systems are not technically dry -- they produce condensation. The structural layout of many buildings prevents proper drainage of condensation to the riser, so additional drains called "drum drip drains" are installed at the system's low points to allow maintenance…
Building safe, winning awards
June 13, 2011 - U.S. Alliance Fire Protection received the ASA Chicago
Safety Award for its continued efforts to maintain
an exemplary safety program.
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