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Fire Detection & Fire Alarms FAQ

Everyone knows that quality fire alarms and fire detection is essential to the safety of a business. But, what do you really know about them? At Hard Fire, we get asked many questions about fire alarms, fire detection and our industry in general, especially regarding just how important a fire protection system is within a home or business. So, we’d like to answer a few of the most popular questions we receive and hopefully this will help you decide on a new fire detection system for your Cincinnati business.

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Q: Is fire detection required at my business?

A: This is dependent on the size, occupancy and use. Please call us if you have this question and we will assist you with researching if you need a Fire alarm system. It is mandatory to have installed fire alarms active and functional within your business, regardless of its type. Hard Fire can work with you to get the right fire detection system for your wants, needs and building regulations.

Q: Can’t I just get the bare bones? Is a working fire detection system all that important?

A: Although it may seem like nothing bad can every happen, having a working fire detection system, and one you can depend on, is an absolute necessity. Nearly 60% of home fire deaths between 2007 and 2011 occurred in homes where there were zero functioning fire alarms. Fire alarms are an incredibly easy thing to implement, especially with the help of Hard Fire. A fire detection system serves as one of the most effective ways to alert a building’s occupants that there is a fire and everyone needs to vacate the premises immediately.

Q: How long can I expect my new fire detection system to work?

A: With proper professional maintenance, your new fire detection system can last for over a decade. To ensure this longevity, you should have these fire alarms professionally serviced in the form annual inspections, once a year, by a professional fire detection and alarm company such as Hard Fire.

Q: What does a fire detection system include? Is it just the sounding alarms?

A: Fire alarms can include visual and audio evacuation alarms, calling the fire department, alarm initiating devices; sprinkler water flow alarms, automatic smoke detectors, manual pull stations, heat detectors and much more. Allow the experts at Hard Fire to tailor the perfect fire detection system designed specifically for your unique business and its needs.

If you don’t see your specific question about fire detection, give us a call and we’ll be able to answer it for you. And, when you’re ready to learn more about a fire detection system for your Cincinnati business, call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301, or you can Contact Us.

Types of Clean Agent Fire Protection & Their Benefits

Many businesses have been upgrading their fire protection systems with clean agent fire protection. But, what is it exactly? The experts at Hard Fire are here to answer this very question to help you better assess what kind of fire suppression is best for your Columbus area business.

In the event of a fire in your place of business, you will want a system in place that will both eliminate the fire without causing catastrophic damage to your mission critical equipment, information and products. That’s where clean agent fire suppression comes in. So let’s get to it.

What is a clean agent, anyway?

Clean agents inhibit the chain reaction that unfolds between heat, oxygen and a fuel source that ignites a potentially all-consuming blaze. A clean agent is electrically nonconductive; nonvolatile, people safe gaseous fire extinguishing means that do not leave a residue upon evaporation and is a fast, clean way to put out a fire without using water. Thus, clean agents are the ideal choice as office fire suppression systems for data rooms, IT equipment, artwork/antiques, electronics, document storage and more.

Types of Clean Agents

FM200—Also known as 1,1,1,2,3,3,3-Heptafluoropropane, is a colorless and odorless people safe halocarbon (HFC) used as a gaseous fire suppression agent. This suppression type is used most frequently in data processing and telecommunications facilities. It is also safe for the environment.

NOVEC 1230—3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a people safe sustainable HFC alternative that works quickly, cleanly and efficiently to help stop a fire before it starts. Designed for use as a gaseous fire suppression agent; like FM200 it is used particularly in situations where a sprinkler would damage expensive equipment or where water-based suppression would not be beneficial. Novec 1230 is also not harmful to the environment. A discharge does not add to the depletion of the ozone layer and possess not environmental threat due to its very short atmospheric lifetime.

Benefits of Clean Agent Fire Suppression

At Hard Fire, we supply these special fire suppression systems to businesses looking to protect the most valuable parts of their business. There are many benefits to a clean agent fire suppression system. Fast discharge and 10 – 20 seconds extinguishment, little fire damage to your property and equipment following a fire. Clean agents also thus vastly reduce downtime, allowing you to return to production, saving jobs and money.

And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have any usage restrictions for clean agents like FM-200 or Novec 1230.

Are you interested in learning more about fire suppression in Columbus? Call us at Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.

Fire Protection Systems in the Workplace

Increasingly, more companies are updating and upgrading their commercial fire protection systems in Cincinnati. In this day and age, it is more important than ever to make sure your workplace stays safe from the threat of a fire. Not only is the health and well-being of your office’s occupants at stake, but also the safety of your assets. As experts in fire protection systems, the pros at Hard Fire have come up with a few suggestions on how you can help keep your workplace safe from fire.

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So what are some of the best ways to keep your workplace safe?

Commercial fire alarms. Fire alarms as part of your commercial fire protection systems sound or visually display the fire signal. Other components make it easier for occupants to evacuate, like exit signs. Strobe lights and other signaling options on commercial fire protection systems will light up in various ways that will help residents identify the exits. This is especially true in the event of power loss; audio and visual components of the system will continue to function. Commercial fire protection systems are mandatory in most commercial properties. Local codes and regulations vary in different areas, such as how many occupants a building is allowed to have, whether a sprinkler system needs to be in the building and what building type classification you operate under. Commercial fire protection systems and alarms help with the overall cause of minimizing the damage done as a result of fire. The faster the fire is spotted, the sooner your notification system can alert the proper emergency personnel to come and put out the blaze.

Fire Protection Equipment. Make sure all of your commercial fire protection systems are properly installed and monitored. They can help save lives and minimize the amount of damage done. Since these are so essential, it is also important to make sure you hire the professionals to ensure the job is done well. At Hard Fire, we have professional representatives on NFPA standard’s code committees and work closely with fire detection and suppression system manufacturers. Our intelligent fire detection capabilities include high sensitivity incipient smoke, spot, linear heat, flame, and combustible gas, which can be integrated with FM200, Novec 1230, CO2, Foam, and Water Mist fire suppression.

Have an Emergency Plan. Even before a fire emergency, be sure that you have a detailed emergency plan in place. And, make sure all of your employees and/or residents understand how to execute the plan efficiently.

Routine Inspections. When you have commercial fire protection systems installed, it is also important to have them inspected on a regular basis. At Hard Fire, we use the best technology available to monitor your fire alarm and fire suppression systems.

You simply cannot put a price tag on safety. The well being of your buildings’ occupants and the items you wish to protect make any commercial fire protection systems worth it. When you’re ready to learn more about commercial fire protection systems for your Cincinnati office, call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or Contact Us.

When the Alarm Sounds: Steps to Take in Case of a Fire

Fire alarms are one of the most effective ways to alert a building’s occupants that there is a fire and that everyone needs to evacuate as quickly and safely as possible. If a fire breaks out in your commercial building and you have one of our fire protection systems installed, an alarm will begin to sound. But, what are some of the initial steps you should take? The professionals here at Hard Fire are experts in commercial fire protection systems for Ohio and have put together some tips and steps to take after an alarm has sounded at your commercial business.

Prepare Ahead of Time

One of the first things you should do after we install one of our commercial fire protection systems at your business is to come up with a plan for the safe evacuation of your building. Make sure your employees know the quickest evacuation route in case of an emergency, plus where to meet outside once they have evacuated. All of your employees should also know where fire extinguishers are and how to operate them.

Notifications & What to Expect

The notifications your commercial fire protection systems will provide depend on the type of system you have had installed. But, your commercial fire protection systems will most likely immediately notify the proper emergency personnel, alerting them to come to your business and extinguish the flames. Sprinkler systems may also be activated soon after the alarm sounds as sprinkler heads are heat-activated and will kick on as soon as they sensed high temperatures. You should have a fire suppression system installed whether it be mist or a clean agent fire suppression agent; the type you get depends on your business and the equipment you use.

Once the fire department has put out the fire, they will let you know if it’s safe to reenter the building.

Safety & Security

Once your commercial fire protection systems have done their job, you should look into having your building secured in some way after the fire if possible. This could help prevent any further damage, and it could help protect any other valuable assets that are in your building.

Finally, be sure you contact your insurance company to figure out your next steps. They will advise you on what to do to file your claim and will likely send an insurance adjuster out to assess and evaluate any damage that your building sustained.

Commercial fire protection systems are designed to help give you and your building’s occupants time to safely evacuate if a fire breaks out. So, it is also important to have your system inspected on a regular basis to ensure they are working properly.

When you want more information about commercial fire protection systems and other life saving systems, just give us a call! We will be happy to answer any and all questions you have.

Are you interested in learning more about commercial fire protection systems in Ohio? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301, or you can Contact Us.

What You Should Know About Life Safety Fire Protection Systems

As a company that specializes in fire protection systems in Akron and surrounding areas, we are often asked questions about fire protection, its systems and their significance. As passionate as we are about fire protection and life safety, we’ve decided to come up with a rundown of the basic fire protection systems including fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and specialty fire protection agents.

Fire Detection & Fire Alarms

These devices are a major part of fire protection systems when properly installed and maintained, notify you and your building’s occupants of a fire emergency. They are essential in the event of a fire, can save lives and reduce damage to your property. experts in installation and servicing of fire alarm systems, we only supply and install top of the line fire detection systems for you and your business. Implemented by NICET-certified technicians; every single technician is current and up to date on all of the codes, regulations and laws that pertain to fire alarms and fire protection.

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Sprinkler Systems

If a fire does break out, the sprinkler works to begin suppressing it. Many fire protection systems use water to cool the flame and control fires until the fire department arrives to take control. This helps mitigate damage and give the building’s occupants more time to safely evacuate. The most important elements of a sprinkler system include the alarm valve, control valve, fire pump, sprinkler head, gauge, main drain and tamper switch. These components combined in a system work together to mitigate the damage of a fire.

Clean Agent Fire Suppression Agents (for mission critical space)

There are several different types of fire suppression agents including FM-200, NOVEC 1230 and more. Here is a short rundown on a few:

FM200. Great for spaces that have normal occupancy. It is a waterless system and will suppress a fire in seconds. FM200 is the worlds most used clean, people safe fire suppression agent. It is a dry system, used for data centers, medical facilities, telecommunication facilities and other similar critical spaces.

NOVEC 1230. A gaseous fire suppression and fire protection agent. A great option for rooms where there is equipment that could be damaged by water: clean rooms, hospitals, computer rooms and more benefit from this type of agent. It is not harmful to the environment or people, which also makes it a desirable choice.

No matter your fire suppression needs, Hard Fire has got you covered. Call us today and we can tell you more about our fire detection and fire suppression services.

Are you ready to learn more about our fire protection systems in Akron? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.