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.
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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.
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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.
Recent updates to our Underwriter Laboratories (UL) listings for exposed basements are likely a welcome change for contractors who work on NFPA 13D systems. Before the update, listings required system mains to run perpendicular to the joists; branch lines had to run parallel to the joists. With the updates to the listings for unfinished basements, BlazeMaster CPVC system mains and branch lines can be installed perpendicular and/or parallel to the joists. You just need to follow the proper procedures in the manufacturer’s installation guide. Here’s a quick rundown:
BlazeMaster® CPVC offers a variety of advantages over steel for fire protection systems. Yet after more than 30 years on the market, there remain lingering myths and misinformation about CPVC.
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BlazeMaster® CPVC is designed for decades of reliable use in fire protection systems around the world. But when issues occur in the field, we want to know exactly what went wrong so we can help our customers prevent problems in the future. It’s a value-added service that also helps our customers know the facts so they can respond to any claims that may arise from a leak or other failure.
BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems was the first CPVC fire sprinkler piping system on the market. For over 30 years, we have worked with our manufacturing partners to develop innovations that enable safer and easier installs, ultimately helping to protect more lives and property.
When planning to install a fire sprinkler system in an existing building, key factors to consider include the cost of labor and materials, speed of implementation, potential disruptions for occupants, long-term durability and more. BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems provides clear advantages across the board that make it the best option for retrofits.
Viking announces its new line of InstaSeal® Sprinkler Head Adapters manufactured with BlazeMaster® CPVC, designed to speed installation with no need for thread tape or sealant. The adapters’ full brass thread inserts prevent the potential for cross-threading while providing a tight seal every time via its EPDM seat.
Whether you have been installing BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems for 10 years or 10 days, it’s always a good idea to go back to the basics once in a while. Just as professional athletes practice the same play or motion over and over, they sit down for a “chalk talk” on occasion to discuss they “whys” behind the “whats.”