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.