Illinois Fire & Safety offers a wide variety of fire and safety related products. We also stay up to date on all the latest and greatest news about fire and fire safety related topics, which you will find below!

Why do you need fire extinguisher maintenance services?

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Services – Why You Need Them! Not only are fire extinguisher maintenance services required for businesses by law, they are vital for the safety of your business, employees and customers. Who requires fire extinguisher maintenance services? Fire protection ordinances ranging from local, state and even federal departments. There are additional public organizations, … Continued

New Warning About Fire Extinguishers

In this video, ABC Action News gives new warning about fire extinguishers. After watching this short clip, or reading the summary below, are you one of the many individuals that fall into one of these categories? Make sure you and your family are safe with these important warnings. ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos … Continued

Fire and safety audit

When was the last time you had a full audit of your fire and safety protection plan? Sure, you have all of your equipment serviced periodically, as required. However, most service technicians, while highly qualified, are focused on the mechanics of their inspections. They are not looking at the big picture through a full fire … Continued

Fire Destroys KFC & Long John Silvers

Upon Arrival, Fire Crews Saw Smoke from the Roof Photos by HRFD – Photographer: Carol Donovan MACHESNEY PARK, IL – Sunday, March 5th, 2017 shortly after 6:00 a.m., the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department and other surrounding fire stations responded to a two-alarm blaze for the combined locations of KFC & Long John Silvers on Route 173. … Continued

February has Increased Risks for Fire Hazards

We have experienced warmer weather this winter in Illinois, which many have viewed as a positive thing. Unfortunately, with the unusually warm winter weather, there come increased risks of fire hazards in Illinois for anyone burning things outside. There are also risks for those choosing to grill out. The dry conditions in Illinois have fire … Continued

Fire Prevention for Warehouses

Warehouses are notorious for fire accidents. It’s important to have a warehouse safety guide in order to comply with all local and national fire codes. Doing this will increase the safety of your warehouse and help you avoid fines. Apart from following Illinois fire codes and hanging “No Smoking” signs throughout the warehouse, completing the … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety – Platinum Distributor for Buckeye Fire Equipment Company

Platinum Distributor Illinois Fire & Safety Company was awarded Platinum Distributor status by the Buckeye Fire Equipment Company. The North Carolina-based Buckeye Fire Equipment Company manufactures a quality line of industrial fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, as well as foam products. The Platinum Distributor Award is new and has been granted to only a hand … Continued

FLAG FIRE Extinguishers No Longer Supported by Manufacturer

FLAG FIRE extinguishers were sold for may years in Canada and the U.S. However, in 2006, FLAG FIRE discontinued production. At that time, Pyro-Chem Company, a division of Tyco Fire Protection Products continued to offer the original U.L. listed parts and components for FLAG FIRE extinguishers until they ran out. On March 6, 2014, Pyro-Chem … Continued

Battery Failsafe

Batteries with Built-in Fire Extinguisher With recent developments of exploding phone batteries, Stanford University researchers have created a battery failsafe; a way to prevent faulty phone batteries from catching fire. Safety problems continue to increase in association with smartphones, and that has created the need to invent a failsafe. This “failsafe” is like a miniature … Continued

Congratulations to our customer Sonoco Plastics!

Sonoco Plastics, located in Addison, Illinois is a long-time customer of Illinois Fire & Safety. They have recently achieved something that few companies in their industry can claim. The employees of Sonoco Plastics recently surpassed 6 years without a lost work day due to a reportable injury or illness! Ms. Henna Toor, whose many responsibilities … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety President Receives Founders’ Award

Illinois Fire & Safety President Tom Farruggia was the recipient of the prestigious Founders’ Award from the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (Nafed). The award is given in recognition of invaluable contributions and outstanding service to Nafed and the fire protection industry. To date, the award has only be given to four individuals in … Continued

New Requirement for Commercial Kitchen Fire Systems

We The National Fire Protection Association’s Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, 2013 Edition requires all existing commercial kitchen fire systems to be compliant with UL300 by January, 2014. Prior to this new requirement, all new commercial kitchen fire systems had to be compliant, however certain existing fire systems that … Continued

We Now Refill SodaStream Beverage Cylinders

We offer Co2 recharges on the popular SodaStream beverage cylinders! The refill takes less than 10 minutes and can be done while you wait! And the cost is significantly less than what it costs to exchange a cylinder with another, as is the usual procedure at retail stores!

U.S. Coast Guard Issues Safety Alert Regarding Counterfeit Fire Extinguishers

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a safety alert concerning counterfeit fire extinguishers. It seems that someone is trying to pass off fake fire extinguishers as those being manufactured by Buckeye Fire Equipment Company and Amerex Corporation. They Coast Guard has provided details of the situation and instructions on how to determine if a fire … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety Supports TriCity Family Services

Illinois Fire & Safety made a generous contribution to TriCity Family Services in Geneva, Illinois. The non-profit organization provides a variety of services to the community, including affordable counseling, youth crisis intervention, prevention, and early intervention – all services that promote sound mental health and effective family functioning. Support of quality organizations like TriCity Family … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety Adds PSI/PCI Visual Inspections & Eddy Current Cylinder Testing

PSI/PCI Visual Inspections & Eddy Current Cylinder Testing for high pressure cylinders manufactured with 6351-T6 aluminum alloy has been added to our service offerings! As of April, 2012, we began offering internal cylinder visual inspection services using highly sensitive OpticalPlus instrumentation! This device illuminates and magnifies hairline cracks in cylinders that are not seen with … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety Employee Attacks Car Fire!

While driving on I-355 in suburban Chicago, our Operations Manager, Mr. Ben Speer noticed a car throwing sparks in front of him on the roadway. Soon after that, the driver of the sparking car pulled off to the side of the road where the car quickly burst into flames. Mr. Speer pulled over, retrieved the … Continued

National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors utilizes Illinois Fire’s expertise for fire suppression systems national exam development.

National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors utilizes Illinois Fire’s expertise for fire suppression systems national exam development. Illinois Fire & Safety President, Mr. Tom Farruggia, was invited by the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (Nafed) to participate on their Engineered Fire Suppression Systems Examination Development committee. The committee is responsible for drafting examination questions … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety Receives Certificate of Appreciation” from Village!

On October 28, 2011, Illinois Fire & Safety was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Village of Glendale Heights, Illinois for a donation made to the Village in support of their annual “Haunted Heights” event. The award was presented at the Village Board meeting which was televised. Illinois Fire & Safety has enjoyed … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety Receives Community Award

On October 28, 2011, Illinois Fire & Safety was presented with the prestigious “Corporate Award” by the Illinois Fire Inspectors’ Association at their Fire Prevention Week annual awards luncheon. The award is presented to a company that has provided “outstanding support of the association or a fire department which significantly improved a public education program … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety Now Offers Ansul Brand Products!

This month, Illinois Fire & Safety became the first new Ansul distributor in the Chicago land area in over a decade! Illinois Fire and Safety was offered the coveted distributorship because of our 50+ years of experience in the industry, knowledgeable stable staff, and reputation for quality workmanship! We will now be able to provide … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety Employee Saves Restaurant!

While servicing fire equipment in the kitchen of a restaurant in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, one of our technicians, Matthew Diefenbacher, discovered an improperly installed gas line. While moving a cooking appliance to investigate, the gas line ignited, burning Matt in the process! Matt responded quickly and used a nearby fire extinguisher to suppress the flames. … Continued

Illinois Fire & Safety Participates in NFPA Research Project

The National Fire Protection Association has initiated a fire hose friction loss coefficient research project and invited Illinois Fire & Safety’s President, Mr. Tom Farruggia to participate. Mr. Farruggia has served on the NFPA’s Technical Committee on Fire Hose for over 15 years. The calculation of friction loss in fire hose is a common duty … Continued

6 Chicago Firefighters Faced Breathing Problems

There is always the possibility of firefighters getting hurt when responding to a fire, but there’s also the risk of being admitted to a hospital for chest and breathing problems. 6 Chicago Firefighters experienced this when they faced breathing problems at a local fire. Chicago Fire on November 21st, 2016 That’s what happened to 6 … Continued

Winter Fire Hazards & Preventions

Welcome to winter and the fire hazards that come with it. Many would think hot, summer months would be more common for fires, but the reality is, that as the weather becomes colder, the more common fires become. It only takes 30 seconds, and sometimes less, for a little flame to become a large fire. During … Continued

How Does A Fire Start?

There are three elements that must be present to ignite a fire, heat, fuel, and oxygen. These types of sources are most common at drilling rigs, refineries, and other oil and gas facilities. Operators take special precautions to isolate these elements. So, to answer the seemingly easy question of, “How does a fire start?” one … Continued

Titanic Sinking – Was an Iceberg the Only Cause to Blame?

There is a new theory in the history of the Titanic sinking and why the ‘unsinkable’ ship sank. On the night of April 14, 1912 — and early morning hours of April 15, 1912 — a tragic historical event occured when the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately 400 miles south of Newfoundland, … Continued