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Smoke alarms and doors

Posted by carretero110 Nov 2, 2019

Smoke alarms and doors are not two separate realities.
We have to flee from seeing smoke alarms and the doors of our homes as two separate realities. The synergies between these two elements, such as first-order preventive resources, are known to all firefighters for the avoidance of victims.
DTM as an innovative configuration for the latest generation smoke alarms, aims to achieve the necessary and indispensable evolution towards authentic home lifeguards. To ensure that the alarm-door link is understood as soon as possible by the industry as an unbreakable and powerful configuration for the increase of security and sensorization of our homes, which brings us the intended standardization. Now that the rate of change in new technologies is faster than ever. Households and the fire protection sector need that agile approach to its implementation.
From our innovation, opportunities and new developments in security arise for all technological corporations, which are included in our patents, we do not cease to show.
The simplification of criteria and the increase of protection ranges in households are our hallmark. Everything, thanks to that precise control of the lintel door as a forced passage of smoke in its propagation.
We are proud to have found the connection point between smoke alarms and doors, in short a tangency as defined and beneficial, as necessary for our safety in particular, and for the economy in general.
We can save many lives, so our insistence and request for involvement of all agents in the security chain, mainly technology corporations and manufacturers, necessary for its manufacture in a shorter period of time.
DTM team.

In Support of Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) the number of home fire deaths in the U.S. is increasing and in turn creating a growing challenge for fire safety professionals.

“This troubling trend has a lot to do with the fact that today’s home fires burn faster than ever before,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy for NFPA. “As a result, if a fire strikes, occupants could have as little as two minutes to escape—a task made even harder amid thick, blinding smoke that can make it nearly impossible to find your way out of a burning home,” explained Carli.

While this year’s NFPA Fire Prevention Week campaign is focusing on home fires, its fire safety messages apply to virtually any structure and any type of structural fire—including those sparked by lightning.

“In working to spread awareness about lightning safety and increase education about lightning protection, we’ve come to realize that most people are uninformed about the dangers of lightning; including its very real fire risk,” said Bud VanSickle, executive director for the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI). “As with all fire hazards, the key to safety is prevention, which is why LPI supports Fire Prevention Week with reminders to property owners that most lightning-sparked fires can be prevented when structures are equipped with NFPA 780 compliant lightning protection systems.”

A lightning protection system (LPS) that follows the guidelines of the NFPA 780 safety standard, provides a network of low-resistance paths to safely intercept lightning’s destructive electricity and direct it to ground without impact to a structure or its occupants.

By sharing facts and education resources during Fire Prevention Week, we can increase awareness about an underrated fire hazard and hopefully, help build support for lightning safety and protection initiatives, too,” said VanSickle.

To educate people about the misunderstood dangers of lightning, LPI has created a new short video Lightning…Is your home, business or community in the line of fire?” The video highlights the many ways lightning impacts U.S. communities and the economic toll it places on homes, businesses and infrastructure.

NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years. The theme for the 2019 FPW campaign, which takes place October 6-12, is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape: Plan and Practice Your Escape.” To learn more about home fire escape planning and fire safety visit

LPI is leading a Build and Protect effort for lightning safety by providing important lightning protection resources for property owners, insurance providers, architects, engineers and construction planners. When safety stakeholders take a proactive mitigation approach to the lightning hazard, they help prevent lightning-sparked fires at all types of structures.

For safety and quality assurance, LPI-IP provides third-party inspection and certification services to ensure lightning protection system compliance with nationally-recognized safety standards.

Fire safety is a primary concern for every school in the country, and even more so at colleges and universities where large numbers of students reside in campus dormitories and apartments. Severe weather and associated fires pose special threats to school communities. Since lightning is the weather hazard that impacts every area of our country, it’s important that school administrators, coaches, emergency managers and security personnel understand this threat and develop a plan to protect students and fortify their school structures.Building & Life Safety campus fire safety monthcampus fire safety month


Here are three questions designed to help schools examine the lightning risk and reduce their exposure:


  1.      Does your school have an evacuation plan in place in case of a lightning fire? If not, make this a priority TODAY! Lightning fires aren’t always visible in their initial stages. A lingering acrid or unusual smell can be evidence of a lightning strike, so it’s important that school safety directors and resident managers check attic and basement spaces right away. In a fire, seconds count, so be sure to investigate a potential lightning strike immediately and call the fire department for expert guidance. School officials and educators seeking information about fire evacuation will want to review these helpful Campus Fire Safety resources.
  2.      Has your school performed a lightning risk assessment or cost-benefit analysis to evaluate lightning protection system (LPS) installations for new construction, building renovation and existing structures? If you’re not sure how to assess or who to consult, the National Fire Protection Association provides resources. Over the years, architects, safety professionals, building owners and property managers have come to rely on is the NFPA Lightning Risk Assessment methodology found in the NFPA 780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems, to determine risk of damage due to lightning. If needed, a LPI-certified lightning protection provider can also assist with risk consultation.  
  3.      Is your campus “schooled” in the science of lightning and lightning protection? Don’t wait for a lightning event to test your school’s storm smarts; get enlightened now! The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) provides a wealth of resources for school officials. Visit the LPI website for informational videos and public safety announcements, downloadable brochures, FAQ’s, and an extensive “Library of Resources.”

Finally, if your campus doesn’t have an outdoor lightning safety policy, there’s no time like the present to make sure staff and students take the lightning threat seriously to stay vigilant at sporting and recreation events. Mitigating severe weather threats for large groups of people can be challenging, and implementing a lightning safety policy is no exception. Having a clearly communicated plan and a best-practice policy can go a long way in preventing a devastating lightning tragedy.


For schools seeking preparedness guidance, Earth Networks has compiled a list of Lightning Policy Best Practices for implementing smart approaches to lightning safety.


Are you a student, educator or school official? If so, I invite you to support Campus Fire Safety Month and help raise awareness of fire safety at your school. Visit for additional resources and important safety information.


Looking to learn more about lightning safety and lightning protection? If so, please join me at the Center For Campus Fire Safety Forum on November 13, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

In Support of Architecture Month  

The benefits of lightning protection systems are in the forefront of construction as architects seek to make buildings more sustainable.


According to the American Institute of Architects, sustainability is a key element of the architecture profession's approach to design in the 21st century. As architects are tackling a myriad of global challenges, including challenges posed by increasingly unstable weather patterns, more architects and planners are taking a "build" and "protect" approach to design and construction.


Since lightning is a weather hazard that affects people, property and places in nearly every region of the U.S., it's no surprise that lightning protection systems (LPS) have become increasingly important for the building process. 


"Lightning protection is a built-in feature designed to protect structures—both old and new—from a very common, yet highly destructive weather event," said Bud VanSickle, executive director of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI). "In an era where technology, delivery methods and construction science are evolving at a lightning-fast pace, specifying lightning protection is part of a best-practice risk management approach." 


"Building design can have a profound impact on the economy, so it's important that architects and designers embrace a broader concept of sustainability," said Michael Chusid, RA FCSI, an architect specializing in building materials. "By including lightning protection systems in their owner check-lists, architects can deliver a higher level of quality assurance and value-engineering for resilience."


Architects who haven't considered lightning protection, may want to consider these five important reasons for including LPS in building designs and plans.


  1. Affordability - Pricing for LPS typically runs less than 1% the value of a structure; hence often less expensive than security systems, generators and specialty lighting.
  2. Safety Requirements – Insurance, OSHA and risk management authorities are increasingly citing lightning protection measures in their hazard mitigation plans.
  3. Fortifies Technology – Automated building systems and smart structures rely on lightning protection to prevent surge interruptions and costly downtime.
  4. Improves Sustainability – LPS is frequently included on Green and LEED structures as a building resilience measure against a common and highly destructive weather threat.  
  5. Hazard Analysis: Lightning protection is increasingly required when a NFPA 780 Risk Assessment determines a structure's vulnerability to lightning is greater than its tolerable risk.

"Conducting a lightning risk assessment is the architectural standard of care," explained Chusid. "Architects who fail to use the NFPA procedure may be professionally liable if lightning damages a building they designed," he warned. 

The Lightning Protection Institute and the Lightning Safety Alliance are honoring Architecture Month by providing architects with free educational resources about lightning protection and national safety standard requirements for LPS.

Build and Protect Resources for Architects

Related video: The Importance of Lightning Protection for Architects and Engineers 
Continuing education: Lightning Protection 101 (LSA101) AIA/CES Registered Program   

Build & Protect newsletter: Winter 2019 Edition  
LPS materials for A&E's: Build & Protect portal 
LPS inspection and certification: LPI-IP Program  
Rolling sphere animation: YouTube 

About the Lightning Protection Institute 
The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is a not-for-profit, nationwide group founded in 1955 to promote lightning safety, awareness and education and is a leading resource for lightning protection information and system requirements. Visit the LPI website at for more information.

About the Lightning Safety Alliance 
The Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) is a non-profit, national league of lightning protection professionals and consumers dedicated to the promotion of lightning protection and lightning safety. Visit the LSA website at for more information.

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Women in engineering panel, networking reception and awards acknowledgement at C&E emphasizes the importance of sparking an interest in engineering careers

Blog Post created by Cathy Longley Employee on Jun 15, 2016

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Sparking an interest in engineering careers was the topic during the Women in Engineering panel and reception atNFPA's Conference & Expo (C&E). Female engineers from Tyco, Procter & Gamble, FM Global and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) spoke about their experience as "the only female in the room", dealing with the reaction to women in foreign countries, balancing home life, encouraging young colleagues to take on stretch roles, and conducting outreach to school and community groups to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.


The session was equally attended by men and women, and organizers stressed that the focus was as much about engaging students at an early age as it was about recognizing the challenges that female engineers often encounter in the workplace. Posed with the question, "how can we attract females to the engineering profession?" panelists and participants all agreed that the number of female engineering students has remained stagnant for the past 30 years. Suggestions for stimulating interest in the engineering field included highlighting how female engineers can help society and solve puzzles that perplex businesses, researchers, academia, and other disciplines (something that females often find important for work fulfillment). The panel session and reception, sponsored by Jensen Hughes, also looked at the importance of critical thinking skills for engineers, the misconception that engineers have to be brilliant, the fact that engineers are always needed, and the observation that an engineering career can be both financially and professionally rewarding.

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After the lively panel discussion, attendees then enjoyed informal conversations during a networking reception where deeper connections were made.

For those of you who attended the Women in Engineering Luncheon at the NFPA C&E, we are looking for feedback. What did you like about the luncheon? What could make the Women in Engineering Luncheon even better? Personally, I enjoyed the salad, but could have had 2 more of them!   I thought the presentations were excellent and made me proud to be apart of such a talented group of women. Please post constructive comments below. I look forward to hearing from all of you.