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Thank You and Happy Holidays from Hard Fire

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. We are grateful to have served Ohio for more than 70 years, providing commercial fire detection and suppression services. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As the year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us for all your future fire protection needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Are Your Holiday Decorations Safe for Work?

Avoid decoration situations that are NSFW (Not Safe for Work). With the holidays quickly approaching, it is important you learn and avoid common fire hazards caused by holiday decorations. Everyone loves adding a little Christmas cheer to their office but don’t forget to keep your employees and building safe. As experts in fire protection systems for Columbus and the surrounding areas, Hard Fire has come up with a few safety hazards to avoid this holiday season.fire protection systems

The Prep

  • Before starting the process of decorating your office for the holidays, it’s a good idea to verify that all of your fire safety equipment is in proper working order. Make sure that your smoke detectors are working, and verify that the fire extinguishers are easily accessible. If you need assistance with this step, don’t hesitate to contact the experts in fire protection systems; Hard Fire.
  • Next, be mindful of potential fire hazards when selecting holiday decorations and determining where to place them. Don’t block any fire safety equipment, exit signage or exits with holiday décor or lights. Avoid placing Christmas trees, gifts, or decorations in heavily trafficked areas where people might trip over them. Do not place any type of decorative items in exit corridors or over sprinklers.

The Lights

  • If you must include lights, make sure you use lights that have been tested for safety. Look for a certification mark from UL, CSA, ETL or other nationally-recognized laboratories. Consider using LED lights when possible. LED lights run cooler and use less energy than incandescent lights.
  • Double check lights for frayed wires or cracks, and be sure there is a bulb in each socket. Discard and replace any damaged strands.
  • Never place staples or nails through strings of lights, power cords, or extension cords.
  • Never exceed the maximum number of strings or devices that may be linked together.
  • Always turn off or even unplug all lights and other electric décor before leaving for the night.
  • When decorating outside, keep ladders and decorations away from overhead power lines.

And these are just a few of the ways to avoid unsafe decorating this holiday season. For more tips on safe holiday decorating, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can come out to test your fire protection systems and even install a new system if you’d like.

Are you interested in learning more about fire protection systems for your Columbus area business? Call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

How it Works: The Components of a Fire Protection and Fire Suppression System

Hard Fire is one of the leaders in fire suppression in Cleveland, designing, installing, monitoring, maintaining and repairing a variety of fire protection and suppression systems for property owners like you. Every system we design is unique, but there are some basic components that go into all of them. In order to fully understand the importance of a professional fire suppression system, it is important to know its many parts and what makes it work. That’s why we’ve decided to provide a brief description of each component, its function and how it fits into the big picture.

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Notification

The notification system is the alarm. It can include strobe lights or audio devices such as a horn. This is how the system tells the building’s occupants that there is a fire and everyone should evacuate immediately. They also help people evacuate the building quickly and safely.

Alarm Panel

The fire alarm panel is the brain of the entire fire suppression system. It monitors every connected device and relays information between each part. It also monitors the system’s integrity and output. A fire protection company like Hard Fire knows exactly what type of fire alarm panel will be best to meet your building’s fire protection needs.

Power Supply

The primary power source is what provides power for your fire protection and fire suppression system. Usually there is a dedicated branch circuit for the fire suppression system, and the power supply is generally controlled by the power company.

Backup Power

The secondary power supply is the primary power supply’s back-up and usually consists of batteries, an emergency generator or other type of emergency power device. The secondary power supply will engage if something happens to the primary power supply. It helps ensure your fire suppression and fire protection system can still be depended upon even when the power goes out.

Initiation

There are two types of initiation devices. Manual devices are ones that require a person to activate them, such as pull stations and “break glass” stations. Automatic devices are ones that respond on their own to the detectable physical changes that come with a fire, like heat and smoke.

Contact the professionals at Hard Fire and we can tell you even more about fire suppression systems, their components and what they can do for you and your business.

Are you interested in learning more about fire suppression for your Cleveland area business? Call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

Fire Alarm Systems: Types of Detection & Benefits

When it comes to fire and fire protection, there is no room for error. And, this begins from the very beginning; with the detection of the fire. The quality and dependability of your fire alarm system is essential to the well-being of your business. So, it is essential to understand the differences in types of systems and what benefits to look for.
Hard Fire specializes in fire alarm systems, so we thought we would take the time to discuss the most common types of alarms and their many benefits. And, when you’re ready to install a dependable fire alarm system for your Akron business, give us a call! Our highly trained, licensed fire alarm system specialists will design, install, monitor, service and test the essential technologies you need to protect your employees, customers and assets.fire alarms cleveland hard fire

Types of Fire Alarm Detection technologies

Photoelectric Fire Alarms. This type of fire alarm responds to slower, smoldering fires by aiming an LED light in a straight line into a sensing chamber. If smoke gets into the chamber, the particles of the smoke will interrupt that light beam and scatter it into different directions. Some of that LED light will go toward the light sensor and trigger the alarm to go off.

Sometimes when a fire breaks out, it does not instantly burst into flames. Fires can smolder for quite some time before spreading. This type of fire alarm system is excellent, especially, at detecting this type of fire.

Ionization Fire Alarms. These types of fire alarms are usually more responsive to flaming fires. They have a small amount of a radioactive material called Americium-241 that is in between two electrically charged plates. These plates are called electrodes and they are connected to a battery. These electrodes ionize the air and cause electric currents to flow between the two plates. If smoke enters that chamber, it will disrupt that flow of ions and that will trigger the fire alarm.
Both types of detector technologies should be considered for use in most fire alarm systems to ensure there is proper and adequate coverage for all kinds of fires.

Benefits of Fire Alarm Systems

A commercial fire alarm system sounds the warning that a fire has been detected and everyone needs to evacuate. Other components of the system make it easier for the occupants to evacuate, like strobe lights and exit signs. Those lights and signs mean the exits out of the building are easier to see, especially if your building loses power for some reason.

Commercial fire alarm systems are mandatory in most commercial properties. Local codes and regulations vary depending on where you live, how many occupants your building has, if there is a sprinkler system in the building and what kind of building you have. Experts like the ones at Hard Fire know these codes and regulations inside and out, and we stay up to date on them.

Allow us to guide you through the fire alarm system design and installation process; we are the experts!

For more information on a fire alarm system for your Akron business, call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

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 ever 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.