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​Ahern’s experts possess a wide range of knowledge that extends beyond system design, build, and maintenance. Our blog features a number of technical articles written by Ahern employees that range in topics from industry trends, maintenance tools and tips, to service information, and more.


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Are You at Risk from Combustible Dusts? Part 2

Part 2 of 2: Five Steps to Reducing the Risk? By Business Development Representative, Ahern Fire Protection-Special Hazards In the last issue, we worked through the first three steps involved in understanding your combustible dust hazards. For a quick review, here are the steps we...
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Sprinkler Systems in Mixed-Use Buildings

Downtown metro space is becoming more and more valuable. Because of this, many buildings are built for more than one purpose, making them non-traditional when it comes to design.
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Counterfeit, Fraudulent, and Suspect Items (CFSI)

In the last few years, the industry has become aware of an influx of counterfeit items in the American market. Counterfeiting is a problem in numerous areas. The automotive industry has seen problems with fake parts, and the aviation industry is struggling with an increasing arrival...

Prepare your Facility for the Winter Season

It happens every year - the temperatures seem to drop faster and much sooner than they did the year before. Perhaps you made it through the first frozen days or nights without so much as a drip from your wet sprinkler system. You are either lucky or well prepared.

A Plug on Filters

Written by an Ahern Energy Solutions Engineer When it comes to taking care of a facility, it is easy to overlook the importance of filter care, maintenance, and replacement. Filters are an important part of air-side HVAC because they maintain indoor air quality and reduce fouling of...

HVAC: If It Isn’t Broken…Fix It?

Written by an Ahern Energy Solutions Engineer Are you worried about having to replace mechanical equipment, but think it may still have some life left? In some instances, large capital expenses associated with equipment replacement can be avoided through tuning,
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Don't Freeze Up! Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Winterizing your fire sprinkler system is critical to keeping it operating effectively. Don’t wait until it’s too late to schedule your winterization service!
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Benefits of Using Flex Drops

By CAD Designer, Ahern Fire Protection-Des Moines Flexible sprinkler drops are hose assemblies that consist of sprinkler pipe fittings to attach to the branch line and the sprinkler with a flexible hose between. These flexible sprinkler drops are used to replace the hard drops out of...
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Are You at Risk from Combustible Dusts? Part 1

Part 1 of 2: Five Steps to Reducing the Risk By a Business Development Representative, Ahern Fire Protection-Special Hazards Did you know a majority of the dust created in industry is combustible? How can this be? For the answer, we need to track back a little into the base elements...

Prevent Exposure to Ticks and Mosquitoes on Job Sites

It’s that time of year again when we begin transitioning from a wet spring to a humid summer. These conditions provide the perfect breeding ground for two small but dangerous organisms – ticks and mosquitoes. If you are working outside near wooded or tall grass areas, or near standing...
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Welding Symbols Designated as Typical

The duplication of identical welding symbols on a drawing may be avoided by designating a single welding symbol as “TYPICAL” (abbreviated as “TYP”) and pointing the arrow to the representative joint. The drafter shall provide additional information to completely identify all...
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Should You Have a Sprinkler System in Your Home?

In the United States, 8 out of 10 fire deaths occur in the home, where we feel the safest. Most fires start small, but reach deadly levels within 3 minutes. Adding a fire protection system to a residential home will help control the flames before they can reach deadly levels, giving...
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Tips for Home and Recreational Safety

According to the National Safety council, “In 2011, there were an estimated 86,100 home and community-related unintentional injury deaths, accounting for 70 percent of all unintentional injury deaths that year.” This is far more fatalities than what’s occurring in our workplaces today...
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Successful Project Management of an ESFR Sprinkler System

Developers continue to want to increase storage height and want more flexible warehousing options. This increasing demand for a flexible option in fire sprinklers has driven us to utilize ESFR (Early Suppression Fast Response) sprinklers in many new warehouse applications.
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Is CPVC the Best Solution?

For the past 30 years, CPVC has been utilized in fire sprinkler installations for apartment buildings, hotels/motels, residential facilities, and light hazard occupancies due to many factors.
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Rebuilding After the Storm

It’s been a little over two years since the devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, causing casualties and severe damage – including the loss of its major hospital. Mercy Hospital’s new facility is progressing as scheduled, with an estimated opening of spring 2015.
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Growing Our Safety Commitment

While Ahern maintains an impressive safety record (2.4 times better than the industry average for the last 10 years), this is an area that can always be improved.
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Fire Sprinkler Emergency Shutdowns

Do you or someone on your staff know how to shut down your fire sprinkler system in an emergency situation?
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A Closer Look at Special Hazards

What is special hazards fire protection? Special hazards fire protection is a term that refers to the use of alternative fire suppression to protect areas or critical equipment where standard, water-based sprinkler systems are not the desired approach. Ahern is well versed at provide...