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The Tragic NYC Gas Pipeline Explosion Reinforces the Fire Dangers Present in Urban Environments

As we mourn the victims of the Upper Manhattan pipeline explosion, Southern California residents are comforted by the expertise of the team at Fire Protection Group, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier this month, people around the globe were shaken and saddened by news of a gas explosion that leveled two upper Manhattan buildings, causing the death of 8 people and injuring more than 70 others. As trusted providers of safety equipment like fire sprinklers and other fire safety measures, the team at Fire Protection Group, Inc. found the tragic situation to be particularly affecting. After all, the team at FPG, Inc. has provided Southern California residents with fire pump testing and other products in order to avoid these life-threatening scenarios for many years. Their staff performs a fire watch to avoid any sign of danger while their engineers design and install fire escape ladder, sprinkler and extinguisher systems. They've seen the devastation that fire can cause firsthand, and when news breaks of injury or loss of life caused by uncontrolled fire, it simply reaffirms the team's commitment to their essential services. 

The National Transportation Safety Board, which often probes pipeline explosions as well as transportation disasters, states that the cause of the explosion appears to be a gas leak. Cases like this are a good indicator of how complex fire safety can be. In fact, after initial examinations, many authorities have said that there was no obvious source of the leak, as the pipe in question remains intact. Robert Sumwalt of the NTSB asserts that the case is "unlike other pipeline accidents...where the pipe is thrown out of a crater. This pipe is still in the ground".

In urban environments like New York City, fire danger can be particularly acute, and prevention methods must be very sophisticated due to the high population concentration in small area. Here in Los Angeles, the dangers are arguably even greater due to our notoriously warm, dry climate. Yet, in the Southland, we're also fortunate to be the home of the fire safety and prevention specialists at FPG, Inc.

For the expert team at FPG, Inc., fire and life safety is an ongoing need – a fact that is evident by the illustrious record of service provided by general manager and lead engineer George Saadian. As a published writer on the subject of fire protection with over three decades in the field, Mr. Saadian's knowledge and experience have proven invaluable. He has even contributed revisions and additions to the National Fire Protection Association code. This dedication to fire safety is evident in the team Mr. Saadian has built at FPG, Inc., as well, which includes such luminaries as former LAFD Chief Al Hernandez and retired Captain Bob Holloway.

The building explosion in NYC is certainly a tragedy, and in order to ensure these devastating situations don't happen again, it is every property owner's responsibility to ensure destruction is minimized with fire prevention services from true professionals. To find the premier fire prevention products, fire consulting, watch and inspection services, contact Fire Prevention Group, Inc. today. For further information about FPG, Inc., please call 888-251-3488 or visit

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