July 8, 2017

Safety Features: What You Need To Find In Every Structure}

Safety Features: What You Need to Find in Every Structure


Brian Ayling

Many parents spend their time outside the house. Working parents report to their respective offices every morning. After the working hours, they go home. Some leave the premises late at night. Others are responsible for meeting clients in other venues. They spend most of their time hopping from one establishment to another.

Although this is the case, most people who spend their time in the building, do not know the structure very well. Most only know how to get to their office from the main entrance. They do not know where the storage areas are. Some do not even know how the other floors look like. It is interesting to note that although they go there every day, they are not familiar with all the areas there.

This is probably because what happens in other floors is none of their business. Other business entities occupy them anyway, so why bother.

Although it is right not to meddle to other organizations businesses, we have to be mindful of its safety features. This includes the fire exit signs, the emergency exits itself, and the fire fighting tools. If you see them in the establishment, then you can feel safe.

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Here is what you need to check in each building you visit and the reasons why you should:

1.Security Personnel

The place would not feel safe if you do not see security guards or police officers patrolling the area. You should see security personnel because they are trusted figures. You know that you can trust them if you have queries or if you need help with something important like troubles with ATM.

2.Alarm Systems

A building should have this to inform everyone in the building in case something wrong happens such as fire. Without it, the people in the higher floors of the building will not be aware that there is a fire going on in the fifth floor. This is also necessary to notify the people that they have to evacuate the establishment right away.

3.The Emergency Exits

These exits can save lives. This provides an escape path for the people in case awful situation gets out of hand. The fire exit signs have to be visible so that people will know where to go when there is a fire. If not, signs should be available to point them where to go. The security personnel should assist the people during evacuation since they are more familiar with the building.

4.Fire Fighting Tools

Aside from the emergency exits, you should also find fire extinguishers and water hoses with ease. All buildings need this to have a chance at stopping the fire before it spreads. These devices will increase the peoples chance of survival during fire.

It is important that the people are aware of the basic safety features that they should find in every structure they visit. They should also take time to familiarize them as well. This will make them feel more secured. In addition, this can save their lives when something bad happens.

Having specialized in

fire exit signs

for over 20 years, Brian now works tirelessly to promote affordable fire safety for home and for business.

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June 23, 2017

Curtains And Curtain Tracking: Choosing And Installing}

Curtains and Curtain Tracking: Choosing and Installing


Kenneth Lloyd

Whether you are cordoning off sections of a tattoo parlor, healthcare facility, photography studio, laboratory, class room or a home, curtain tracking has become an easily accessible tool. Selection and installation of curtains and curtain tracking is not rocket science, but here are some pointers to smooth the process.

The first step is choosing a curtain. You need to ask yourself what you want your curtain to do. If it is needed it to block light, then a blackout fabric should be chosen. If it must meet state and federal commercial fire codes, then mesh top curtains are necessary to allow sprinkler systems to adequately protect their environment. Quality cubicle and hospital curtains are made with inherently fire retardant materials that are durable, safe, and last throughout the lifetime of the cubicle curtain. There are many colors and styles of fabrics to choose from; including solid colors, striped, textured, patterned and more.

Once a style is determined, calculate the height and length of the curtain necessary to cover the intended space. The length should generally be 15% wider than the length to be covered. For a more ruffled look, add 30% to the length. For example: you require 220″ of length to cover your space. You would then multiply 220″ x .15 and come up with 33″; add the 33″ to the original 220″ and you will need to order a length of 253″.

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To establish the height of the curtain there are three measurements needed to be determined. Begin by measuring the height from the floor to the ceiling. For this example let’s start with a 10 foot ceiling which is 120 inches in height. Next measure the height of the carrier and curtain tracking; this is usually 3″-4″ combined. The third measurement to determine is the open space wanted below the bottom of the curtain; 12″-18″ is typical. Take the ceiling height of 120″ and subtract 12″ for bottom clearance and 4″ for tracking and carriers and this leaves a final curtain height of 104″. Typical curtain sizes range from 72″ to 234″ wide and 84″ to 108″ long. Cubicle curtains can be made to order and customized in most cases. Healthcare facilities often have building and fire codes which must be met; check with an administrator before proceeding.

Quality curtain tracking is made of 16 gauge extruded aluminum and is typically sold in eight foot lengths. If shorter lengths are required, tracking may be easily cut down with a hacksaw. Curves pre-bent to 45 deg. and 90 deg. are available for applications requiring the curtain to bend around a room; curves are 2 feet by 2 feet and bent at a 12 inch radius.

Curtain tracking can be attached to solid or false/drop down ceilings using screws or clips. Attaching the tracking to a solid ceiling requires the use of screws; screw directly into ceiling studs whenever possible. Holes will need to be drilled into the tracking at each attaching point. It is not always possible to screw into a stud. When this occurs, the use of an anchor is necessary. An anchor is pressed into a pre-drilled hole. As a screw is inserted into the anchor; the anchor expands and grabs firmly to the ceiling. Drop down/false ceilings require clips which are attached to the ceiling grid. There is a hole tapped into each clip that accepts a screw from the curtain tracking. These clips should be placed every 30″.

Suspension tubing may be used with high ceilings or if existing obstructions prevent the curtain tracking from being mounted directly to the ceiling. Suspension tubing is available in 8 foot lengths and made with 7/8″ O.D. hollow aluminum tubing. Suspension tubing can be attached directly to solid ceilings with a ceiling flange or via ceiling clips to a drop down/false ceiling. A screw insert is then placed in the bottom of the suspension tubing allowing the curtain tracking to be attached. Suspension tubing should be placed every six feet and the tracking ends can be attached to a wall with a nylon wall bracket.

Anodized aluminum splicing clamps join multiple pieces of tracking to ensure proper alignment of the channels. This will allow the carriers/rollers to move freely from one piece of tracking to the next. Clean and smooth the ends of each piece of track before assembly; burrs may cause the carriers/rollers to hang up.

An end-stop should be placed at both ends of the curtain tracking setup. Curtain tracking end-stops are used to prevent curtain carriers from slipping out. One end should contain a snap out fitting to allow for easy installation and replacement of curtain carriers. Snap out fittings sit inside an end-stop and are easily removed. Removal is necessary to install or replace your curtain carriers without removing the curtain tracking from the ceiling.

Various specialty brackets allow for multiple ceiling track configurations. T-brackets connect a perpendicular section of tracking part way along an existing section of tracking. Cross brackets subdivide a room into 4 or more separate sections depending on the size of your room and the size of your tracking layout.

Once the tracking layout is finalized, then determine the number of carriers or rollers needed. Carriers are just that, they carry the curtain along the tracking. The standard style consists of a nylon block and wheels with a swiveling chain and hook attached. A breakaway version is available which acts contrary to its name; the carrier does not break, it flexes. This allows the curtain to detach from the carrier rather than damage the curtain or carrier. Curtain carriers should be spaced every 6″ on the curtain. If your curtain is 242″ in length, you will want to have 41 carriers.

Drop chains and PVC drop strips are available for use when ventilation space is required and a mesh top curtain is not an option. A drop chain is 18″ long with custom lengths available; it is constructed of nickel-plated steel. A PVC drop strip is 18″ long with a hole on top which slips over the curtain carrier; a plated hook at the bottom connects to the cubicle curtain.

Prior to installation, the job should be laid out on the floor in its intended position with all fittings properly located. This will prove valuable in determining whether all required parts are on hand and ensures proper location and placement.

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