Air Quality for Backflow Testing

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Usually when we talk of air quality safety for backflow testers, it’s when we’re referencing testing in vaults. However, with 74 major wildfires burning on the western coast states right now, air quality is pretty awful over here. Walking outside to get the mail has my eyes watering – air quality is no joke!

Vaults and Confined Space Entry

If you think air quality in vaults isn’t something to be taken seriously, think again. In 1986, a backflow ...

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Why don’t more home owners install fire sprinklers?

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Recently, The Kansas City Star argued that installing fire sprinklers in new homes is a no-brainer. Losing a home is one thing. Losing a family member? That’s on a different level.

Does it fall on the government to regulate fire-suppression sprinklers though? Maryland and California think it does, and both states have adopted fire-suppression regulations for new homes.

One of the major concerns of home owners considering fire sprinklers is the fire sprinkler’s ability to cause water damage. ...

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NFPA 2016 Conference & Expo – Las Vegas

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The 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo in Vegas was the first conference I’ve attended as part of Syncta. It was a great experience and a good way to expand my knowledge in the fire safety arena – an area I’m relatively unfamiliar with in comparison to the rest of the backflow industry.

It’s a big conference! I didn’t expect that! I’ve been to the Mandalay Bay conference center in the past but I haven’t seen as much of the space used ...

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Fire Season is upon us

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Having grown up in the high desert, I’m very aware of fire seasons, including drought risks and forest fires. When I six or seven years old, my family housed a group of people we’d never previously met–their home was evacuated for a nearby fire.  I was shocked at how calm the family was–certainly this wasn’t the first time they’d been evacuated.  In the dry heat of a high desert it often thunderstorms–but it’s rarely accompanied by any rain. Where lightening strikes, ...

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Residential Fire Sprinklers

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Residential fires are the cause of  3,000 deaths each year in the US. When residential fire sprinklers are installed though, the risk of dying in a house fire decreases by 80%. So let’s take a look at the facts about installing them in a new home today.

Cost of residential fire sprinklers when building a new home

The overall cost of installing fire sprinklers has decreased recently, with the NFPA showing that the average cost ...

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