Category: Fire & Life Safety

Lithium-ion Battery Fire Safety

Lithium-ion Battery Fire Safety From electric vehicles to toys, the demand for lithium-ion batteries is growing. Check out the graph below to see the exponential growth of these batteries from 2016 to 2022.      IEA, Overall supply and demand of lithium for batteries by sector, 2016-2022, IEA, Paris, IEA. Licence: CC BY 4.0 While […]

Holiday Safety Fire Tips

Holiday Fire Safety Tips Decorations, festive lights, cheerful candles, magnificent trees, what could go wrong? Although the holidays are meant for celebration, it is also important to know the potential fire risks. USAFP is here to share some holiday fire safety tips for the season. Decorations While covering your living room with festive decorations, be […]

Winter Preventative Maintenance for Fire Sprinkler Systems

Winter Preventative Maintenance for Fire Sprinkler Systems Freezing temperatures are inevitable during a Midwest winter. Unfortunately, these low temperatures can cause damage to your fire sprinkler system. If the pipes that deliver water to the fire sprinkler system freeze, cracks and leaks can form, or even worse, a frozen pipe may burst. Furthermore, repairing or […]

USAFP is Your Office to Industrial Fire Protection Solution

USAFP is Your Office to Industrial Fire Protection Solution In the recent post-pandemic years, the industrial market has picked up traction since the demand for office space has fallen. In fact, reports show that 15.2 million square feet of offices nationwide have been converted to industrial use. This recent phenomenon is often referred to as […]

Recent Municipality Fire Code Changes

MUNICIPALITIES’ FIRE CODES ARE CHANGING. IS YOURS ONE OF THEM? USAFP CAN HELP YOU STAY UP TO DATE Many municipalities across Illinois have updated or adopted a new fire code. More than 100 municipalities across Northeast Illinois require fire sprinklers in residential homes, with a few new additions this year. How does a fire protection […]

Fire Prevention Week 2023

Fire Prevention Week 2023 On October 8th, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire broke out, wreaking havoc on the city. The two-day blaze killed over 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned over 2,000 acres of land. 152 years later, Chicago still remembers the horrific damage the fire left behind. In commemoration […]

Lake County Illinois Adopts New Building Codes

Lake County Illinois Adopts New Building Codes In 2022, 86 people died across the state of Illinois in residential structure fires. To help prevent such tragedies in 2023 and beyond, the Lake County Board has adopted the 2018 series of International Code Council building codes, and these new building codes are now in effect. What […]

National Backflow Prevention Day

National Backflow Prevention Day On August 16th, 2021, the first National Backflow Prevention Day was celebrated nearly a century after one of the most tragic backflow incidents in U.S. history. The 1933 Chicago World Fair attracted people from all over the world to see the rapidly growing metropolis of Chicago. Unfortunately, two of the main […]

A Quick Guide for Fire Extinguisher Inspections

A Quick Guide for Fire Extinguisher Inspections ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers are devices that can prevent a fire incident from turning into a devastating accident. Therefore, it is important to keep up with your extinguisher’s inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) schedule to give you the peace of mind that the device will work if […]

NFPA 25 Inspection Requirements

NFPA 25 Inspection Requirements The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a nonprofit organization. This organization is responsible for setting codes and standards for best practices in the fire protection industry. As advancements are made in sprinkler technologies and new methods are developed, the codes require regular updates. Recently, the NFPA has included new requirements […]