We rely on firefighters to keep us safe from emergencies, but in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s uncertain if anyone can completely protect themselves from the rapid spread of COVID-19. Crisis or no crisis, many emergency response professionals must continue working on the front line, putting themselves and those around them at an increased risk of contracting coronavirus.
Firefighters are one of the most important contributors to...more
Despite your best efforts, accidents and emergencies can sometimes happen. That is why it is so important to be sure you have the correct building safety systems in place. Building safety needs vary based on different factors including the size of a building, but one common denominator for all building environments is the need for fire safety protection.
If you are the owner or manager of a commercial building, fire safety is likely to...more
Not many people go into work or into any commercial building and wonder where the fire sprinklers are, but they are one of the most important pieces to fire safety and protection. All commercial buildings require some sort of fire protection system and sprinklers are often the first choice. But regardless of how important they are, or how many buildings have systems installed, there are several myths surrounding fire sprinklers and how they...more
If you have little ones in your life, you should be sure they know what to do in case of a fire, especially at home.
If you’ve never covered fire safety with any of the children in your life, chances are they’re only plan of action is to rely on you, the adult in their life. But what happens if you’re unavailable? Fire safety seems like something everyone knows inherently, but unfortunately, no one is born knowing how to be safe during...more
CAN FIRE BURN IN OUTER SPACE? HOW?
This question is a deviation from our usual blog topics, but we figured with the kids getting out of school for summer soon you might want to start prepping for the endless questions. While we can’t predict everything the tiny humans in your life may ask you, you can help you prepare with some pretty interesting answers about fire in outer space.
The answer to the question is...more
As a business owner, it can seem like there is an endless amount of laws and compliances you have to follow. From getting a certain license, such as a liquor license so you can sell alcohol to paying your sales taxes every month to the city, county, and state, operating a business is no easy feat. Add to this that every year you have to have a fire code inspection that you have to pay for. All of these compliance issues can seem annoying, but...more
Most of us lead ordinary lives. We have a job we go to every day. We drive our kids to after-school activities. We engage in our hobbies, such as running, reading, or playing board games with the kids. We relax with TV after dinner. Our days are pretty routine. However, occasionally something happens to mess with our routine. Something that can strike fear in our hearts, such as a fire breaking out at work.
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TYPES OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
There are a lot of devices and equipment out there to help extinguish fires. From fire sprinkler systems, fire blankets, to fire extinguishers, there are plenty of items to keep you safe in residential and commercial buildings. At MLN Fire Protection, we are dedicated to our customer’s safety. No matter where you are, you should always be protected from fire...more
THE COLORS OF FLAMES AND WHY THEY CHANGE
Have you ever noticed how different parts of a flame are colored differently? If you start a fire, the bottom of the flame is typically a blueish-color, while the top of the flame is a bright orange color. Why is this true? Well, one of the main ways to answer this question can easily be answered by looking up. Up? Yes, up at the stars! By glancing up at the night sky, you can...more
There are plenty of flammable objects in your office that you might not be aware of. In our last blog, we discussed the many different flammable objects in your office. To ensure the safety of your workers, it is important to ensure that all flammable items are handled with care. Of course, accidents do happen, but at MLN Fire Protection, our job is to ensure that your employees and your business as a whole are safe. In our previous blog, we...more
FIRE TRAINING IS ESSENTIAL TO EMPLOYEE SAFETY
When you do anything, from driving a car to working at your job, you need training and experience to do both correctly. No one expects someone to know how to do something immediately. Normally, knowledge is achieved by learning — and learning requires lessons! Training offers a way for employees to learn many different skills ranging from work-related to safety-related. In...more
MLN EXPLAINS: THE NEED FOR FIRE PUMPS AND TANKS
To fully explain why your residential or commercial property needs a water pump and/or tank, you must understand what they are. At MLN Fire, it is our pleasure to install, inspect, and repair fire pumps and tanks for our clients. To us, safety is our top priority, which means that we handle each job with extra care and attention. While we are happy to perform our jobs, we...more
THINGS THAT CAN SET YOUR WORK ON FIRE
At your work, you can’t afford distractions. You have a strategy and a plan for how you want your day to go; things have to get done and you don’t have time to lose! But, when a fire alarm and a sprinkler system go off, it doesn’t matter what you are doing, you have to leave the building. Office fires are not to be ignored. Fire incidents should be taken seriously always, even if...more
THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PROTECTION SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
For businesses, it is important to stay on top of safety. One wrong move and someone could be seriously injured and sue. Fire disasters unfortunately happen and cause significant destruction to both a building and to a business. Part of the reason that fires are so derailing for a business is because they cause damages to the building, equipment, employees, and...more
HOW COMMERCIAL FIRES START
Between 2004 and 2013, commercial building fires accounted for over $2 billion in damages. Fire is an incredibly destructive force and it can cover a large area in very little time. But, how do commercial fires happen? Residential fires are a little more common, being that some homes have fireplaces and electrical problems. But, shouldn’t commercial buildings be well-protected against...more
SPRINKLER SYSTEMS COULD SAVE FIREFIGHTER LIVES
Any fire detection or containing device can be useful. For one, a smoke detector will alert you if there is a fire, while a sprinkler system will contain and suppress the flames. Both of these devices prove that fires can be found and maintained safely, without any fatal consequences. However, there are accidents and there are still thousands of innocent civilians that are...more
CLEANING UP AFTER A FIRE
Accidents happen. Though there are plenty of ways to prevent incidents such as building fires, sometimes it is out of our hands. Fires in any building, commercial or residential, can be devastating in more ways than one. Fires can be destructive and burn all of your belongings and most prized possessions. Fires are expensive as well. Paying for damages can rack up quite a bit of money and if...more
YOUR ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES COULD KILL YOU
In a recent statistical study, it was confirmed that there are at least 51,000 fires each year. Of these fires, electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause. It has been confirmed by the Electrical Safety Foundational International that arcing faults are responsible for initiating more than 28,000 home fires. Of these thousands of fires, the damage costs reached...more
When opening a new business, you have a lot to think about. Opening a new business is not as easy as just opening your doors to the public and expecting success. You have to consider how much help you will hire, how much you will pay them, and what measures you will take to protect them while they are working. When it comes to installing systems for your business, there are six you should be especially motivated to put in right away. In this...more
When owning a business, a commercial building, or a hospital, fire sprinkler systems are a must. Not only do they alert you of the presence of a fire, but they can lessen the damages from a fire. When a fire sprinkler goes off, the fire sprinkler heads douse the alerted area with water. In most films, such as The Incredibles, fire sprinklers are portrayed to all go off at once. Filmmakers often encourage this myth for its dramatic portrayal...more
Fire is a natural, unpredictable, and dangerous element. Though it is necessary for heating, it is quite destructive and, if you’re not careful, can lead to irreversible damage to your belongings. The following blog is a list of ten different causes and solutions of house fires.
1. Ladies, your straightener can start fires!
Hair Care Tools
It would make sense that a tool that is meant to...more
It is no secret that lately there has been a lot more fire-related incidents. Fire is a dangerous and uncontrollable disaster than can happen when we are least expecting. Fire can occur naturally, such as wildfires; or accidentally, such as leaving the stove on. Fire can also unfortunately happen intentionally, often committed by ill-intended arsonists. The point is, fire is sometimes unpredictable, so we must do our best to protect our...more
There is an unfortunate history surrounding business fires. Countless lives have been lost throughout the years due to unexpected fires in places of business. Disasters, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire and even the Happy Land Fire, prove that we never can predict the onset of a fire. In just 2016, there was an estimated 1,342,000 fires reported, causing 3,390 citizen deaths. Now, of course, this estimation is influenced by all...more
If you have ever accidentally set off a fire alarm, you know the panic that ensues right after the initial set-off. Even if you had nothing to do with the alarm going off, you can’t help but wonder if it is a real fire, or the symptom of a light-hearted accident. But have you ever wondered, if the alarm is going off, why don’t the sprinklers? More importantly, if the sprinklers ever did turn on, how would you turn them off?
It’s one thing to have an evacuation plan for your own facility, but it’s quite another thing to be in an unfamiliar location when the fire system sounds the alarm. Perhaps you’re a salesperson or service technician onsite at another place of business, a shopper in a mall, or just a visitor dropping something off. If this ever happens to you, you may find it bewildering and disorienting, and your unfamiliarity with the location could leave...more
It’s easy to take being a human being for granted. We absorb information through all of our senses all the time, and all that data passes into an incredibly intelligent and efficient brain that makes sense of that data and interprets to us whether there’s danger involved or not. For example, if the room is filling with smoke, we’ll not only be able to see that smoke, we’ll also be able to smell it, see the flames, and feel the heat of the...more
Fire sprinklers are an important part of your building’s fire protection equipment, and if your building ever does catch on fire, you’ll be grateful that you have sprinklers. Sprinkler systems can save you from costly fire damage, and they’re not only a good idea, they’re a requirement according to the Houston fire code. MLN Fire, a division of MLN Company, is here to serve businesses in Houston who need inspection, installation, and...more
Fire can cause tragic loss of life and costly damage to property. If a building doesn’t have an adequate fire protection system, or doesn’t have one at all, then you could be placing yourself at risk of code compliance violations, loss of property, and even injuries or fatalities. It’s not very common any more to find commercial buildings in Houston that don’t have fire protection systems installed. However, it is still possible for this to...more
Be grateful that you live in the 21st century, where we have the infrastructure, engineering capability, and scientific knowledge to build fire protection systems into our buildings. Given the fact that we spend most of our lives indoors, it’s a good thing we’re not still living back in the days when a building could catch fire and burn to the ground in minutes. Fire protection systems are indispensable to modern construction, and we trust...more
Fire can be one of the most devastating things that can happen to your company, and it’s worth putting some thought into the ways you can protect yourself and your assets from the damage that fire could cause to your business. Of course, the first thing you should think of is to ensure that your facility has in place a viable fire protection system. MLN Fire Protection specializes in all the services you need for implementing this in your...more
Someone burns popcorn in the breakroom microwave and the smoke detectors go off.
Someone else leaves a candle burning on their desk when they leave for lunch, and it causes a small fire, but no one is injured and there is minimal property loss.
Having your smoke detectors go off is a major hassle in a commercial building, above all when you are in a situation where your security system automatically calls the fire department in...more
If you own a company or manage the building maintenance for a commercial building in Houston, you probably take it for granted that there are firefighters standing by, ready to spring into action if your place of business were ever to catch fire. It’s probably not something you think about very often, but the safety and security of your employees and property depends heavily on these people who are risking their lives if there is a...more
We’ve all seen it in the movies. Someone trips one fire sprinkler, and suddenly the whole building is inundated with a flood of blinding rain from the sprinkler pipes. But is that even real? What would actually happen in your company or workplace if a real fire tripped the sprinklers? And what are the basics that you need to know about your building’s sprinkler system? In this blog post from our sprinkler system company in Houston, we hope to...more
If you’ve ever grumbled to yourself about why you have to get someone to install and maintain a fire suppression system at your company, we don’t blame you. After all, the reason you got into business was because you were excited about your actual business activities, not because you were eager to dive into municipal codes, sprinkler systems, and fire marshall ordinances. However, it is an important topic to know about and stay on top of,...more
If your building has a fire sprinkler system, it’s a wonderful thing to give you peace of mind. If a fire were ever to start, you could expect the sprinklers to do their job and provide a fresh, cool rain of water to drench the fire. However, whenever we start talking about fire sprinklers in Houston, there are always invariably a couple of myths that people believe. In this blog post from MLN Fire Protection, we’d like to debunk some of the...more
If you are building a new commercial building, office space, or other business facility in the Houston area, one of the things that you’ll have to account for is the building’s fire suppression system being well-designed, up to code, and installed with skill so that it fits in with all of the other components in the building. If you’re in the early stages of shopping for a quote and looking at your options, here are some of the criteria you...more