Fire sprinkler installers play a critical role in ensuring BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems are effective in protecting people and property. Every foot of pipe and every sprinkler head an installer puts in place may save the life of a building occupant or first responder. That’s why we offer a variety of training options to help installers stay current on best practices and credentialing. While in-person trainings are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, we offer live and self-paced online training programs that cover all the essential information.
BlazeMaster® CPVC is known for easy installation, and our quick, one-step solvent cement process is a key part of that. Compared to the heat welding used with steel pipe, solvent cement welding offers a safer working environment, because there’s no need for heavy machinery or electric tools.
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Safety is always the first priority when installing BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems. We sometimes get questions about the best safety practices for using solvent cement, which joins pipe with fittings to create durable bonds that ensure the fire sprinklers work as planned. Solvent cement is safe to use, and that’s based on our 60 years of experience in working with CPVC and solvent cements. It’s a low-VOC material, which means it emits relatively low amounts of volatile organic compounds. We work closely with our partner manufacturers to support extensive safety testing, beyond what is required by law. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which evaluates health effects of long-term exposure to products, placed solvent cement in its second-lowest category.
You may have heard from unreliable sources that BlazeMaster® CPVC is only for use in single-family and multi-family residences. In fact, BlazeMaster is available for all light hazard applications ranging from high-rise offices and condos to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and many more.
Our one-step solvent cement joining method provides a quick, simple, safe, and reliable way to join BlazeMaster® CPVC piping and fittings. However, it’s important to consider the temperature at the job site, because solvent cement can function a bit differently in hot or cold environments.
When it comes to choosing materials for a fire protection system, BlazeMaster® CPVC offers many advantages over steel pipe. It’s easier to install, will never corrode and provides a cost-effective solution for a wide range of commercial as well as residential projects. Yet some installers and specifiers still have reservations about using CPVC because of lingering myths about durability, cost, strength, flame resistance and others. These outdated misconceptions remain too common despite a remarkable track record. BlazeMaster CPVC has been protecting people and property for over 30 years with more than 2 billion feet installed globally.
We recently introduced a new descriptor line that reflects what we offer to the global fire protection industry. Developing the message was a good opportunity to reflect on the core mission of BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems. We looked at a number of options and finally decided that three simple words sum up who we are: science, service and safety. Let’s take a few minutes to unpack what those words mean to us.
One of the common myths about BlazeMaster® CPVC is that it is limited to residential applications. But a recent project in Sacramento – a three-building, 24,000-square-foot commercial building complex – highlights how BlazeMaster CPVC helped Alwest Fire Protection save the building owner money while getting the job done efficiently.
When fire strikes, every second counts. While a fire sprinkler system is the holy grail – no one has died in North America as a result of an accidental fire when fire sprinklers have been operational – there’s more we can do to help our customers stay safe. Every homeowner needs an escape plan to ensure everyone can move to safety quickly, especially those without a fire sprinkler system. We can encourage them to make a plan and point them to the right resources. An escape plan is critical because, without a sprinkler system, a fire can reach the deadly “flashover” stage in as few as three minutes – well before the fire crews can arrive. No one survives flashover.
Our Fire Prevention Month video series continues with a discussion with Darren Palmieri for Viking Group, a 15-year industry veteran serving product manager for residential CPVC products. Darren played an instrumental role about a decade ago to get fire sprinkler requirements into codes to make it easier for state and local jurisdictions to adopt rules for residential sprinkler systems. For this and many other achievements, he has been a Fire Protection Difference Maker throughout his career.