Contrary to popular misconceptions, BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems is not just for residential applications – it’s the right choice for any light hazard project. For instance, BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems are playing an important role in helping school districts save money while ensuring the highest protection for students and staff. Fire safety in schools is important because every year, fires in K-12 schools in the U.S. cause $37 million in property damage, at least one death and 39 injuries, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association. Fire extinguishers are important to school fire safety – but only if someone discovers the fire in time. Fire sprinkler systems work to suppress a fire before it can spread, even if no one is present. Here are key considerations for choosing BlazeMaster pipe and fitting systems over steel pipe for your next school project.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPUF) has been used successfully with BlazeMaster® pipe and fitting systems for more than 20 years, primarily in the attics and walls of single-family homes that have fire sprinklers. SPUF is an increasingly popular insulation that enhances energy efficiency and improves comfort in the home. When installing SPUF around CPVC pipe and fittings, it’s important to use proper installation techniques to prevent issues related to chemical compatibility and heat generated during application. Here are best practices to ensure your project is a success.
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When planning to add or replace a fire sprinkler system to an existing building, your upfront decisions in choosing materials will have a big impact on the cost, timeframe, impact on tenants, and long-term success of the project. BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems offers many advantages that can ensure you keep your customer happy.
With more than 5,700 fires in U.S. healthcare facilities each year, the choice of materials for fire sprinkler systems in hospitals and other settings is an important consideration. While steel pipe has been the traditional choice, there has been growing adoption of BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems to meet the unique fire protection challenges experienced in the healthcare industry. BlazeMaster is UL listed and FM approved for all light hazard applications as defined by NFPA 13, which includes a vast range of healthcare facilities like hospitals, medical offices, nursing facilities, outpatient surgical centers, imaging and radiology centers, care homes, and many more.
BlazeMaster CPVC fire sprinkler systems have been protecting people and property for nearly 40 years. Many of the systems constructed as far back as 1984, when BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems was launched, are still in service. Because of CPVC’s long life expectancy, these older systems can perform just as well as newer ones.
It’s widely known that resistance to heat and flame is a primary advantage of CPVC over other thermoplastics. BlazeMaster maintains its structure and continues to hold internal water pressure when directly exposed to a flame to ensure sprinkler water will reach and extinguish a fire. But did you ever wonder why BlazeMaster has these qualities? Let’s explore some of the science on this important topic.
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You know how to use solvent cement, but are your solvent cement skills ready for the cold weather in the months ahead? BlazeMaster solvent cement is tested and listed for use down to 0°F (-17°C), but it’s important to follow best practices when solvent welding in colder temperatures. Remember, you aren’t “gluing” CPVC. Solvent cement welding is a fast, easy installation process that uses solvents and CPVC resin to chemically fuse the pipe and fittings together at the molecular level. Unlike glue, solvent cement doesn’t just adhere two pieces together – it creates one continuous piece of plastic that becomes the strongest part of a piping system.
Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) play a critical role in our industry by reviewing plans, issuing permits, and conducting inspections that ensure a fire protection system will work as designed to protect people and property. An AHJ inspection is always a moment of truth for a contractor and is typically the culmination of an ongoing dialogue and a positive working relationship.
Concrete construction is a popular technique for ceilings and walls in a wide range of applications, such as schools, office buildings, apartments, warehouses, factories, and residential homes. Embedding a CPVC fire sprinkler system in the concrete surfaces offers a variety of advantages over steel pipe – and BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems offers the industry’s only UL® listing for this purpose.
Easy installation is one of the top advantages BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems offer over traditional steel types. CPVC is installed with a quick, simple joining process that allows one person to cover an area using basic hand tools along with a quick, one-step solvent cement welding process.