fireprotection-header.pngOctober is usually the month where fire safety gets a lot of attention – maybe it’s the thought of all those candles in jack ‘o lanterns.

Seriously, though, this issue is an important one due to the sheer number of fires and the resulting injuries and property loss.  Here are some key statistics from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) based on 2015 events:

  • 501,500 Total Structure Fires
  • 2,685 Civilian Deaths
  • 13,000 Civilian Injuries
  • $10.3 Billion in Property Damage

When it comes to fire protection systems in non-residential buildings, a lot of attention is paid to active systems such as fire and smoke sensing, alarms, and suppression equipment, such as sprinklers and chemical extinguishing systems. This attention is vital since these active systems are the backbone of fire protection.

A logical question one might ask is:  Why worry about passive fire protection if active fire protection is in place?  Another might be:  Why worry about active if you have passive? 

The simple – and legal – answer is:  You need both.

Download our Primer on Active vs Passive Fire Protection to learn more about your fire prevention options.

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