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Five Considerations for Adopting Electronic Compliance Inspection Reporting

The following is a reprint from the October 2018 issue of Industrial Fire World Magazine. The article has been reproduced in its entirety for your convenience, but you can also read the original by clicking here.

According to a 2002 report by the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 228 fires or explosions were reported in or at petroleum refineries or natural gas plants per year from 1994 to 1998. A more recent April 2016 report uncovered the following statistics:

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Sensitivity Data Entry Made Simple

Entering data for smoke detector sensitivity so that the range will populate automatically in your report can sometimes be a challenge, especially if the detector head supplies only the range of the detector while the rating, minus and plus values (which compute to give you the range) are not provided. Since the Smoke Detector device record in our applications allows you to enter the Rating and Minus/Plus values so that a range will populate automatically, how do you address this type of scenario so that the range will populate successfully?

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Important Updates to BuildingReports Web Portal

The BuildingReports development team launched a few updates to the portal overnight that you may have noticed upon logging in today. The following is a quick summary of those changes.

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iOS ScanSeries Version 2.16.12 Released; SecurityScan Updates for Android & iOS

If you are an iOS user, you're likely aware of the challenges presented by the latest operating system updates from Apple related to version 11 intended to support their new iPhone 8 and X devices. As issues are identified in ScanSeries for iOS, our team is working hard to keep pace with new ScanSeries releases to address the problems presented in each new operating system update. In addition, SecurityScan users will notice new schema updates requested by members for financial institution facilities.

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BUILDINGS Magazine: An FM's Guide to Fire Protection System Inspections

The following is an excerpt from the September issue of BUILDINGS. To read the full article by Justin Feit, click the link below.

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Important iOS Updates to ScanSeries and BRForms

If you are an iOS user and do not have your Apple device set to auto-update applications, you'll want to make sure you manually initiate the update to take advantage of multiple improvements just released for members. Plus, here's some more information about what you can expect from the latest updates to BRForms for iOS. If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact Member Services.

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How-To Guide: Linking Accounts and Buildings from Separate Service Providers

Do you use different BuildingReports Members for your various fire and life safety system inspections and reporting? Or, do you manage numerous building(s) serviced by different providers? If so, there is now a way to consolidate all of your reports under any account login.

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Commonly Overlooked Test and Inspection Requirements

The following is a guest blog contribution from one of BuildingReports' service members, A1 Sprinkler & Systems Integration. If you would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please contact marketing@buildingreports.com.

Life safety systems such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire pumps, and fire alarms all have required tests and inspections to ensure they are running properly. Fire safety systems protect lives and property, and where they are required to be installed there is an authority (such as the AHJ or Fire Department) to inspect them and ensure compliance with state and federal laws.

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New Feature for ScanSeries Healthcare Users

BuildingReports has released a new feature that will be welcomed by users of our ScanSeries Healthcare formats. When logging into your account and viewing your reports in a healthcare format, you will notice a new designation in the legend section at the beginning of the Inspection and Testing section.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Real Cost of False Alarms & How to Prevent Them

A recent study by the NFPA uncovered some eye-opening statistics. In 2012, fire departments in the United States reported responding to over 2,238,000 false alarms. The majority, 46.6%, were unintentional calls, while 31.9% were attributed to system malfunctions. This represents a serious strain on emergency responders who not only risk their own safety trying to respond quickly, but it could also divert them from real emergencies.

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