Environmentally Friendly Fire Protection

Green Fire Protection Design

Protecting your home or business is important but protecting the environment is important as well. Some forms of fire suppression may be effective at extinguishing a fire, but it comes at a cost to the environment. Luckily, there are options for fire suppression that can provide protection for your assets without environmental consequences.

Reducing Water Waste

One important method for contributing to a cleaner environment is waste reduction. Installing a fire protection system that uses water efficiently will help reduce water waste. Choosing a sprinkler system that uses lower volumes of water will have a beneficial impact on the environment. If you are concerned about improving the water efficiency of your fire protection system you may consider installing a water mist system which uses less water than the traditional fire sprinkler system.

Green Fire Suppression

Choosing the right form of fire suppression is important when trying to follow green practices. Inert gases such as nitrogen and argon are considered environmentally friendly suppression agents. These gases are naturally occurring and leave no chemical or toxic byproducts. Inert gas suppressants dissipate back into the environment after being discharged and have no impact on the ozone or global warming. When installing a fire protection system, it is important to keep in mind not only the ability of the system to extinguish a fire but also the consequences it may have on the environment.

LEED Certified Buildings

If you want to build a business that is follows sustainable practices, you may want to receive a LEED certification for your building. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building rating system. LEED verifies that a building was designed and built using environmentally conscious practices. Working with a fire protection contractor who is experienced in providing fire protection systems for LEED projects is important to make sure your building is receiving a system that will not harm the environment.

Green Fire Protection Company

Western States Fire Protection prides itself on being an industry leader in providing environmentally conscious fire protection. Our innovative systems design reduces construction and water waste. We have worked on a variety of LEED certified projects. WSFP continuously works to exceed expectations by identifying opportunities in our projects for environmentally friendly contributions. We provide excellent customer service as well as superior fire protection systems. Our 40 locations across the western United States can provide fire protection services for the industrial, commercial, and residential industries.


Fire Protection in Residential Buildings

When it comes to residential properties, fire protection is very important. Places like hotels, apartment buildings, and private homes are where people spend a lot of time. Having proper fire protection in these areas can save many lives.

Fire Sprinklers in Homes

Everyone wants to protect the people that they love the most, but not everyone has a fire sprinkler system installed in their home. Many people may think that a fire sprinkler system is a waste of time because the chances of a fire are very small. However, a fire can break out in a home at any time! Whether it be a kitchen fire, or a fire started by a space heater, having a fire protection system installed in your home can give you peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are better protected.


The Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990 was passed after devastating fires occurred in hotel buildings. This act requires that guest rooms have automatic fire sprinklers and smoke detectors installed. Hotels that meet these criteria are designated by the U.S. Fire Administration. If a hotel does not meet the requirements of the Fire Safety Act it could lose many potential customers who are concerned about safety. Federal employees who are traveling for work can only stay in USFA approved hotels.

Apartment Buildings

Fire can be deadly in apartment buildings. With multiple residents residing in these buildings a fire that is not controlled can take the lives of many people. Often apartment buildings can have people living on higher floors, making it more difficult to escape in the event of a fire. As a result, fire sprinklers are required in all apartment buildings to promote the safety of the residents. Fire alarms and fire extinguishers in addition to well established fire safety plans in apartments can go a long way in protecting the lives of those who call apartment buildings home.

Benefits of Residential Fire Protection from WSFP

If you need fire protection for your residential property, WSFP has you covered. We install fire sprinklers for residential applications that are aesthetically pleasing, reliable, and fast acting. Our technicians are experienced in fire sprinkler design and installation and will provide you with excellent customer service. We can install a system in a newly constructed building or retrofit a system for an existing building. Protect the people you care about and have a fire sprinkler system installed in your residential facility today.

October Is Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week 2018

Fire Prevention Week kicked off on October 7, 2018 and runs through October 13, 2018. During this week, the NFPA works to educate the public about fire safety and the dangers of fire. Make sure you and your loved ones take some time to learn proper fire safety methods during Fire Prevention Week.

On October 8th, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire broke out, taking the lives of more than 250 people and destroying the homes of more than 100,00 people. Fire Prevention Week was established as a national observance by President Calvin Coolidge in commemoration of this deadly fire. The purpose of fire prevention week is to educate people of all ages about the risk of death in a fire and provide educational resources to keep people safe.

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

Every year, Fire Prevention Week has a new campaign to educate the public on fire safety. This year’s theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” teaches three steps to reduce the chance of a fire and educates on safe escape if a fire does occur.

LOOK for Potential Fire Hazards

Take some time to look around in your home or business and identify possible fire hazards. The most common fire hazards are cooking, heating equipment, electrical equipment, candles, and smoking materials. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and many of these fires start when cooking is left unattended. Remember to have chimneys and other heating equipment cleaned each year. Turn off space heaters before leaving the house, before you leave the room, or go to sleep. Make sure you are using electrical equipment properly. Do not overload your outlets and use extension cords properly. If you or someone you live with is a smoker, only smoke outside and throw away butts and ashes safely.

LISTEN for Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are critical to Life Safety in the event of a fire. Smoke alarms work as the first line of defense by alerting everyone that there is a fire and giving them time to evacuate. Having smoke alarms in your home cuts your risk of death from a fire in half. Make sure to install smoke alarms in every level of your home and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms every month and replace them if they are more than 10 years old. Also, you should interconnect the alarms in your home so that all smoke alarms will go off simultaneously, alerting everyone in your home.

LEARN Your Escape Plan

Time is crucial when a fire occurs, and every second counts when trying to safely escape. Creating and practicing an escape plan for your home will lower the amount of time it takes you to escape in the event of a fire and will increase your chances of getting out safely. The general rule for escape plans is to have two ways out of every room. Usually these two exits are a door and a window.  You also should identify a path from each exit to the outside of your home and designate a safe meeting place for everyone to gather. Once you have created a home escape plan, practice it with your family at least twice a year.

Knowing fire prevention techniques can save lives. If you want to know more about fire prevention week take a look at many great fire prevention resources, visit the NFPA’s website.