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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.

Fire Protection: Essential Safety Tips for Your Business

As a business owner, protecting your property, assets and employees or residents is a legitimate concern. At Hard Fire, our focus is on helping you protect them. When you’re ready to hire the professionals, we will send one of our fire protection experts to your property and based on your business’ needs, we will design a system using the best fire suppression agent, select the best components for your fire protection system, and develop all specs and drawings needed for your project. Until then, as experts in fire protection for Canton and the surrounding areas, we have put together a list of 5 essential fire safety tips for you and your business.

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  1. Fire Protection Equipment – A company should invest in proper fire safety equipment such as fire suppressants and alarms. Make sure all of your fire protection systems are properly installed and monitored; it can help save lives and minimize the amount of damage done. Since this is so essential, it is 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. We are committed to offering our clients the latest developments in fire protection, prevention and detection technology. 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.
  2. Have an Emergency Plan – Even before a fire emergency strikes be sure that you have a detailed emergency plan in place and that all of your employees or residents understand how to execute the plan efficiently. It can be a good idea to have a practice run just to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  3. Routine Equipment Inspection – Having quality equipment is essential. And, having your equipment inspected is just as necessary! At Hard Fire, we use the best technology available to monitor your fire alarm and fire suppression systems. That way you can rest easy knowing the professionals are on the job, keeping a watchful eye on everything.fire protection
  4. Emergency Lighting – You don’t want to find out during a fire or other emergency that your emergency lights and exit signs are not working properly. Seconds count when there is a fire, so ensure that all aspects of fire protection systems are fully functional as they should be. Our experienced professionals at Hard Fire know how to check every component of fire protection systems, including your emergency lights and exit signs.
  5. Appliance Safety – Make sure everyone on your property knows how to properly store and use appliances. Electrical outlets and wiring should also be checked regularly to prevent potential risks.

When you’re ready to learn more about fire protection in Canton or to set up a fire protection plan, call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or Contact Us.

Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems Cleveland

Clean agents are defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as “electrically nonconductive, nonvolatile gaseous fire suppressant agents that do not leave a residue upon evaporation.” In other words, a clean agent is a way to put out a fire without utilizing water. This type of clean agent fire suppression for Cleveland area businesses is the optimal choice for data, telco, IT and other mission critical equipment that fall under the category of irreplaceable, including art and antiques. Hard Fire carries, installs and services clean agent fire suppression systems so we thought it would be nice if we provided some insight into how these systems work and how they can benefit you.

Clean agent fire suppression systems work by holding back the chain reaction that unfolds between heat oxygen and a fuel source. Some examples of clean agents lie below:

  • NOVEC 1230 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is safe to use in the presence of people. It is a safe sustainable HFC alternative that works in a swift manner, clean and efficient to help stop a fire shortly after it starts. The intended usage is designed for use as a gaseous fire suppression agent, primarily in situations where a sprinkler would do irreparable damage to equipment and data or where water-based suppression would not suppress the fire quickly enough to be beneficial.
  • FM-200 Also known as 1,1,1,2,3,3,3-Heptafluoropropane, this is a colorless, odorless people friendly halocarbon that is put to use as a clean, people safe fire suppression agent. This suppression type is used most frequently in data processing and telecommunications facilities.
  • Water Mist Replacing the standard type of sprinkler system, this version uses a small fraction of water, with fine spray droplets to control, suppress and extinguish fires by cooling the flame and surrounding gases (evaporation), assuaging radiant heat with the small droplets.
  • CO2 Carbon dioxide is used in non-occupied industrial spaces and local application machinery protection. CO2 reduces the amount of oxygen available to feed the fire.
  • Inert Agent Systems chemically inert, elements found in the air we breathe, these agents “remix” the air to create an atmosphere where fire cannot exist. Used in spaces where chemical reaction could present a life safety hazard.

The many benefits to commercial fire suppression systems that use clean agents are as follows:

  • They work quickly, can reach extinguishing levels in 10 seconds or less.
  • They are incredibly effective. In conjunction with an early detection system, they control and extinguish a fire when it is still in its incipient stage and before it has a chance to spread. These types of fire suppression agents are non-conductive and non-corrosive, which means they will not damage electronics, mechanical devices, art, etc.
  • Safe to use around people and do not present any health hazards.
  • They evaporate cleanly by quickly vaporizing into gas form during discharge. They do not leave any residue behind and that means cleanup will not be required. They also safely and effectively reach all areas of the protected space. These clean agents will not damage sensitive, mission critical equipment.
  • Clean agents such as NOVEC 1230 are eco-friendly. They do not contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer, and they have a short atmospheric lifetime. 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 clean agents and commercial fire suppression systems in Cleveland? Call us at Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.

Fire Alarms Q&A

A little Q&A can go a long way! At Hard Fire, we get asked the same questions about fire alarms and our industry in general, especially in regards to just how important a fire suppression system and/or fire alarms are within a home or business. So, it is Q&A time as applied to fire alarms in your Columbus area home.

Q: How important is it to having working fire alarms in a home or business?

A: It is of paramount importance that fire alarms are made an integral part of a solid, overall fire protection system—at home or work! 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, be they a professionally installed version or a simple one for the home. As per professionally installed versions, fire alarms serve 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 often should I have my fire alarms inspected?

A: It is recommended both by Hard Fire and the industry in general that you have routine inspection conducted on an annual basis by a fire protection company. In addition to the fire alarms, any other fire prevention related items should also be inspected at this same rate.

Q: How long will the fire alarms I just had installed last?

A: With proper care and maintenance, your new fire alarms should do just fine for roughly 12 years. To ensure this longevity, it is within your interests to have these fire alarms professionally looked upon in the form of the aforementioned annual inspections, once a year, by a professional entity such as Hard Fire. It is likely up to you that batteries are kept charged or replaced at least twice per year for the life of the fire alarms.

Q: Are fire alarms required at my place of business?

A: In general, it is indeed a mandatory act to have fire alarms active and functional within your business, regardless of its type. How lofty the fire alarm set up needs to be is largely dependent upon local codes and regulations that boil down to the number of occupants within your building.

If you would like to know more about fire alarms in Columbus, call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301, or you can Contact Us.