life-support systems


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life-support systems

The fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, exit lights, hoods, portable fire extinguishers, and other such warning and protection systems in commercial buildings. Most recently, halon (nonwater) fire-extinguishing systems became an important component, because of the need to protect sophisticated computer and telecommunications equipment in the event of a fire.Industry leaders are now calling for inclusion of protections,or at least warnings,for chemical and biological contaminants associated with possible terrorist attacks. Sometimes called life safety systems.

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This simply but informatively illustrated book reviews how buildings have evolved from simple shelters against the elements to "comprehensive life-support systems.
DURING THE SECOND HALF of the twentieth century the world economy grew by a factor of seven while the Earth's natural life-support systems remained static.
The mother of Miles Dabord planned to ask doctors to remove life-support systems from her son, who is suspected of killing his brother, former Clippers player Bison Dele.
She is listed in serious and stable condition in a respiratory intensive care unit, connected to life-support systems, being treated for systemic collapse resulting from the flu.
It's the shut reactors and stopped Wal-Marts, the canceled roads and purchased organic produce that dictate whether humankind saves its life-support systems.
Around the world," they write in Betrayal, "we have watched humanity consuming its natural capital and degrading its own life-support systems.
The most recent suits worn on the space shuttle, with their own integrated life-support systems, are reusable, heralding the new waste-conscious ethos in garment design.
Astronauts now perform about 12,000 complex procedures to maintain life-support systems, inspect space suits, conduct science experiments, perform medical exams and other routine tasks.
Consciously avoiding habitat destruction and mitigating the effects of land use change, reducing the direct exploitation of plants and wildlife, and slowing climate change can help us stop weakening the very life-support systems we depend on.
Warren was on life-support systems and not expected to survive, but he clung to life for the next eight months.
Jumping-jack reporters in a positive frenzy at the post-op press conference asked breathlessly whether Clinton could really STILL go to Helsinki, as if postponing a meeting with a guy barely off life-support systems might reignite the Cold War.