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Nebulae developer | Tips for Home Safety and Security

           Security and fire alarm systems are common in our homes and businesses. Simple care, maintenance and education can prevent costly false activation of these protection systems. Residential Security and Fire Systems:
  • Educate the entire family on the operation of the security system and how to disable it.
  • Clean (dust and vacuum) smoke detectors and change batteries at least two times each year.
  • Notify the security system monitoring company before working on smoke detectors attached to the security system.
  • Provide a pass code to employees authorized to disable the system.
  • Do not allow employees without a pass code access to the building when the security system is active.
  • Participate in annual fire alarm system testing, inspection and maintenance as required by the Minnesota State Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association standard 72. Documentation of such annual testing must be maintained at the place of business with a copy submitted to the City of Shakopee.
  • If experiencing false alarms of unknown cause, contact the alarm company for service.
  • If installing a new security system or upgrading an older security system, always work with reputable contractors who are knowledgeable in the installation and maintenance of these systems.
  • If the contractor is supplying fire detection devises, make sure they are located to help prevent false activations. Smoke detectors should not be placed near kitchens or bathrooms or near air ducts. Heat detectors can be substituted for smoke detectors in certain applications.
SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN INDUSTRY
Schools, office buildings, factories, and other commercial buildings have benefited from fire protection sprinkler sys¬tems for over a century. To protect investments in buildings and machinery, the textile mills in New England began using sprinkler systems over 100 years ago following a series of dev¬astating fires which claimed many lives and destroyed entire businesses.
SPRINKLERS IN HOMES
But what about our homes? Although we protect our busi¬nesses from fire, what actions do we take to protect our fami¬lies, our homes, and our possessions from fire? Millions of Americans have installed smoke alarms in their homes in the past few decades, but a smoke alarm can only alert the occu¬pants to a fire in the house…it cannot contain or extinguish a fire. Residential sprinkler systems can,
WHAT ARE HOME FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS?
But what about our homes? Although we protect our busi¬nesses from fire, what actions do we take to protect our fami¬lies, our homes, and our possessions from fire? Millions of Americans have installed smoke alarms in their homes in the past few decades, but a smoke alarm can only alert the occu¬pants to a fire in the house…it cannot contain or extinguish a fire. Residential sprinkler systems can.
Sprinkler systems offer advantages to the homebuilder:
  • A low-cost reliable safety option that would attract many buyers.
  • Trade-offs between sprinklers and code requirements that can result in lower construction costs, more units per area of land, etc.
For homeowners, the advantages include assurance of a safer environment for their families, protection of their investment and irreplaceable family possessions, and may lower insurance rates 5 to 15%.
ADVANTAGES OF NEWLY DESIGNED HOME SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
Fast Response - Residential sprinklers, listed by Underwriters Laboratories, are now available. They are designed to respond to a fire much faster than currently available standard commercial and industrial sprinkler systems. The new home sprinklers react automatically to fires more quickly because of their improved sensitivity.

Low Cost - At the present time, cost of a home sprinkler system is tar¬geted at approximately $1.00 to $1.50 per square foot in new construction. It is hoped that the cost will decrease as the use of home fire protection grows. It is also possible to retrofit existing homes with sprinkler systems.

Small Size -For residential systems, the sprinklers will be smaller than traditional, commercial, and industrial sprinklers, and can be aesthetically coordinated with any room decor.

Minimal Installation Work- When homes are under construction or being remodeled, a home sprinkler system will require minimal extra piping and labor.

Low Water Requirement- These systems will require less water than the systems in¬stalled in industrial or commercial establishments and can be connected to the domestic water supply.

Piping Requirements In addition to metallic pipe, the use of plastic pipe has brought down the cost of installation in new construction and the ret¬rofit of existing dwellings.
TEST YOUR HOME SPRINKLER SYSTEM’S I.Q.
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