Congratulations to our customer Sonoco Plastics!

January 1,2017

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 include Human Resources and Safety, credits their success to a strong commitment to safety by both employees and management. As an example of their emphasis on safety, the company invited Illinois Fire & Safety to conduct a fire extinguisher usage training program for their staff and to also perform a fire safety hazard analysis for their facility. Best of luck to the great people at Sonoco Plastics! May you have continued success extending your outstanding safety record!

Illinois Fire & Safety Recognized as a Platinum Distributor for Buckeye Fire Equipment Company

January 1,2017

Illinois Fire & Safety 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, and foam products. The Platinum Distributor award is a new award which has been granted to only a hand full of “top echelon” distributors nationwide, in recognition for outstanding success and commitment to Buckeye Fire Equipment products. Illinois Fire & Safety and Buckeye Fire Equipment Company have enjoyed a solid business relationship since January of 1998.

FLAG FIRE Extinguishers No Longer Supported by Manufacturer

January 1,2017

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 announced the discontinuation of FLAG FIRE extinguisher replacement parts.

What does this mean for you? When U.L. listed or U.L. component recognized replacement parts are no longer available, then those fire extinguishers in need of chemical or parts can no longer be serviced properly and, as such, cannot be used to fulfill the minimum protection requirements in buildings. If you own a FLAG FIRE extinguisher, be prepared to have to replace it in the next few years.

New Requirement for Commercial Kitchen Fire Systems

January 1,2017

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 had not been modified since the original installation and which protected a hazard that had not been modified since the original installation were exempted. Now the requirement includes all commercial kitchen fire systems.

We Now Refill SodaStream Beverage Cylinders

January 1,2017

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!

Illinois Fire & Safety President Receives Founders’ Award

January 1,2017

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 Nafed’s 50 year history. The award was presented at Nafed’s 50th anniversary black tie gala event held in Chicago.

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

January 1,2017

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 extinguisher is not genuine. To read more, click on the link… US Coast Guard Safety Alert Counterfeit Extinguishers

Illinois Fire & Safety supports TriCity Family Services.

January 1,2017

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 Services are an essential part of Illinois Fire’s philosophy to give back to the community.

Illinois Fire & Safety adds PSI/PCI visual inspections and Eddy Current cylinder testing for high pressure cylinders manufactured with 6351-T6 aluminum alloy to our service offerings!

January 1,2017

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 the naked eye. The benefit of using the OpticalPlus device is that dangerous hairline cracks are now more easily discovered, and the cylinders can be removed from service long before the cylinder is ready to rupture. Our inspectors are PSI/PCI certified to do this work.

In April, we also began offering the Eddy Current test which is required to be performed by the U.S. Department of Transportation on high pressure cylinders manufacturer with 6351-T6 aluminum alloy. Many aluminum SCUBA cylinders that were manufactured in the 1980’s were produced using this alloy. Cylinders manufactured with the 6351-T6 aluminum alloy are prone to serious and dangerous cracking in the cylinder neck area – more so than cylinders manufactured with other materials.

Illinois Fire & Safety employee attacks car fire!

January 1,2017

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 5lb. multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher from his own vehicle, and directed the extinguishing agent onto the source of the fire – the burning engine! In a matter of moments, he successfully extinguished the fire!

The fire stayed out for at least 5 minutes while Mr. Speer and the driver of the car awaited the fire department’s arrival. However, after waiting for at least 5 minutes, the fire re-flashed and grew quickly to fully involve the car before the fire department arrived a full 20 minutes after being summoned.

Illinois Fire & Safety is proud of Mr. Speer for his willingness to use his special skills to assist others in desperate need!

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

January 1,2017

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 based upon National Fire Protection Association standards and other relevant materials. Those passing the two hour test are issued certification, which requires on-going training to maintain. Nafed’s certification is required in a growing number of states including Illinois, Louisiana, and Georgia and is the only certification program of its kind that focuses on proficiency in proper maintenance of these fire systems.

Illinois Fire & Safety receives Certificate of Appreciation” from village!

January 1,2017

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 a long relationship with the Village and is happy to support such a great community event!

Illinois Fire & Safety receives community award!

January 1,2017

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 or caused a change in the community that resulted in a greater awareness of life safety and fire prevention awareness”. Mr. Ben Speer and Mr. Matthew Diefenbacher accepted the award at the luncheon on behalf of the company.

Earlier in the year, Illinois Fire & Safety donated a large 3 panel, free-standing trade show display that will be used at a variety of safety functions, including the Illinois State Fair. The display brings awareness to the public about fire extinguishers and their proper use.

In year’s past, Illinois Fire has provided technical training to the association’s member on various topics such as kitchen hood fire suppression systems and fire systems for paint spray booths.

We appreciate the on-going and often thankless work of fire inspectors statewide and we’re very grateful for their acknowledgement of our contributions to further public safety!

Left to Right:  Ed Dunne, Co-Chairman of the Fire and Life Safety Committee; Ben Speer, Operations Manager for Illinois Fire & Safety; Rick Marek – Illinois Fire Inspectors’ Association President


July 27, 2011 – Illinois Fire & Safety presents the trade show display to various representatives of the fire service who will use the display at public safety events throughout the state.

Bob Morris – Illinois Fire Inspectors’ Association Executive Director, Terry Cox – Illinois Professional Firefighters Association, Jim Plunkett – Illinois Fire Inspectors’ Association State Fair Committee, Tom Farruggia – Illinois Fire & Safety Company President, Rick Marek – Illinois Fire Inspectors’ Association President.



Illinois Fire & Safety rushes fire equipment to Texas to help combat raging wildfires!

January 1,2017

On September 13, 2011, we received an urgent call for availability of backpack water extinguishers to help fight the menacing wild fires in Texas. Debi Mejak in our customer service department quickly went into action and arranged to have 11 Genfo-45 Wildland Backpack Extinguishing Systems shipped out to the customer overnight!

The Genfo-45 has a large 4.5 gallon reservoir, an internal baffle to minimize sloshing and enhance stability, and a double action pump for maximum efficiency making it the ideal piece of equipment for their needs.

Illinois Fire & Safety is now offers Ansul brand products!

January 1,2017

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 the quality Sentry stored pressure line of fire extinguishers, which include products for special fire hazards like the FE-36 CleanGuard clean-agent, non-magnetic extinguisher for MRI applications and the K-Guard wet chemical extinguisher for commercial kitchens.

We are also now able to provide the outstanding R102 line of commercial kitchen fire suppression systems. Illinois Fire & Safety has designed, installed, and maintained quality restaurant kitchen hood fire suppression systems since the early 1960’s. However, we have never offered the exceptional Ansul R102 kitchen hood fire suppression system! Over the years, the R102 has captured a large segment of the restaurant industry with over a 90% market share nationwide and is the fire system of choice for many of the nations restaurant chains. Our ability to install and maintain these fire systems will ensure that growth in this part of our business for years to come!

Some of our technical staff have already attended Ansul’s thorough training classes and many more will be attending soon. Our goal is to provide the exceptional service on Ansul products that our clients have come to expect on the other brands we maintain.

Illinois Fire & Safety Employee Saves Restaurant!

January 1,2017

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. He managed to contain the fire, until a restaurant employee could turn off the gas. Once the gas was shut off, the fire went completely out. Not only did Matt save the restaurant, but he prevented anyone else from being injured!

139 Year Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire

January 1,2017

In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire burned from Sunday, October 8 – Tuesday, October 10th killing 300 people and destroying over 17,000 buildings.

Deadline Approaches For Compliance With EPA Rules For Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations

January 1,2017

In April of 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency published their final rule on the regulations controlling air emissions from paint stripping and miscellaneous surface coating operations. Effected operations must be compliant by January 1, 2011.

The rules will have a significant impact on operators of prep stations, since a ceiling and at least 3 complete walls or side curtains will be required. There are also additional training requirements for spray application operators. For more information, please click on the following link. EPA_RULES for prep stations. Or you can also find the rules at the EPA’s web site: – subpart HHHHHH.

Illinois Fire & Safety Participates in NFPA Research Project

January 1,2017

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 for fire fighters responsible for operating fire apparatus pumps (i.e. fire apparatus driver/operator, as defined by NFPA 1002). Specifically, they have the critical task of delivering water at the proper flow rate and pressure to fire fighters controlling the fire hose nozzle and attempting to extinguish the fire. Pressures and flow rates too low will be insufficient for fire control, while pressures and flow rates too high create dangerous conditions with handling the nozzle, hose potentially bursting, and other hazards.

Current baseline friction loss coefficients used to calculate fire hose pressure loss were derived using 50 year-old hose design technology. Modern fire hose has substantially less friction loss and different performance characteristics than the hose on which these coefficients were originally based. Calculating pressure loss in modern fire hose cannot be done with reasonable accuracy using currently recognized friction loss coefficients. Pressures that are calculated with these current coefficients are typically higher than what occurs in practice, which is some cases, could result in elevated and potentially dangerous nozzle pressures.

The objective of the project is to develop baseline friction loss coefficients for the types of fire hose commonly used by today’s fire service and to identify any additional performance characteristics that should be considered for friction loss calculations. Easy access to updated friction loss coefficients should increase fire fighter safety.

The results of the research should be available by the fall of 2010.