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Fire Prevention & Detection for Your Office this Summer

Summer is most definitely in full swing here in Ohio complete with sweltering heat and unpredictable weather. Your air conditioner is likely cranked up and working as hard as it can to keep your employees cool and comfortable all workday long. All of this additional energy use can put a huge burden on electrical systems, making summer one of the most dangerous seasons for fire. As the fire detection experts for Cleveland and the surrounding areas, we would like to offer some essential fire prevention and detection tips to help keep your property safe this season.

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For one, when was the last time you had your fire detection system inspected? If it’s been some time or if you aren’t sure, you should consider having your fire detection systems professionally serviced and inspected. It is important to have your office fire detection system inspected once a year by a professional fire detection company such as Hard Fire. These preventative measures are essential in ensuring your system can handle whatever is thrown its way. We can also determine if your system is up-to-date and even recommend a new or updated system if necessary.

You should also go straight to the source of the possible fire hazard: the cooling system. Make sure its fans aren’t running constantly and that their cords aren’t damaged. It also may be time to consider new, safer and more efficient fans. You should clean out any exhaust fans regularly and clear debris out of the vents. Avoid running fans consistently for long periods of time and check to ensure it is dust-free and clean. Dust can settle over the motor and other electrical components and cause faults, which can create fires. Running multiple cooling units together consistently and for long periods of time can also result in overloading and overheating, which presents an opportunity for fires to start.

Some other considerations include ensuring you store any flammables upright and in its proper place. Whatever special considerations your office requires, Hard Fire can customize a fire detection system to match. Do you have large servers or other sensitive technical equipment? We can create a system tailored to monitor and keep your equipment safe.

Are you interested in learning more about fire detection for your Cleveland area business? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us today to get started!

How a Fire Suppression System Can Help Save Your Business this Summer

Summer will soon arrive here in Ohio; finally, the high temperatures of summer have arrived. With higher temperatures and increased energy usage, also comes increased possibilities for fire hazards and power problems. The importance of proper fire protection and fire suppression for your commercial establishment this summer cannot be overstated. A serious fire could cause severe injury or death to employees or customers. As experts in fire suppression for Akron and the surrounding areas, we would like to tell you more about how the right system can help save your business.

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A fire suppression system can improve overall facility safety by stopping fires before they spread. They are often tied into fire detection and fire detection systems and are configured to activate automatically if conditions indicating a fire are detected. More and more companies are upgrading their fire suppression and prevention systems to use clean agent fire suppression. A clean agent is electrically nonconductive and people safe gaseous fire extinguishing that does not leave a residue when discharged. Thus, clean agents are the ideal choice as office fire prevention systems for data storage rooms, IT equipment, artwork, electronics, mission critical processes and much more.

  • Clean agents inhibit the chain reaction that unfolds between heat, oxygen and a fuel source that ignites a potentially all-consuming blaze. Some examples of clean agents are FM-200 and Novec 1230. 
  • Clean agent fire suppressants are safe to use when people are present. Knowing these suppressants are people safe, you can orderly evacuate the area and allow the fire department to investigate and then make the decision to let you go back to work.
  • Clean agent fire suppression is very effective, designed to control and extinguish a blaze within the affected process before it spreads to other parts of your office, warehouse or commercial property.

And, if your space is limited or if your company contains many restricted areas or rooms, this type of system is especially ideal. You can still get the best fire protection systems on the market without sacrificing too much space.

There are so many great reasons to choose clean agent fire suppression for your Akron business. And, summer is a great time to consider the safety of your property. 

Are you interested in learning some more about different types of fire suppression for your Akron area business? Call us at Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us

How to Get the Right Fire Alarms for Your Business

When it comes to your business, you want to be sure you get only the best in fire protection. The right fire alarms, fire suppression and fire prevention can give you, your employees and your visitors peace of mind when entering your establishment. That’s where we come in. We are the experts in fire alarms for OH and can design and install a custom fire protection system for your unique business. But, how do you know what fire alarms and fire protection system to install? We’ve put together some information on fire alarms and their benefits to help you decide which is best for your business.

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Fire alarms are there to help mitigate the damage that can be caused by fires. The sooner a fire is detected, the sooner your notification system can alert the proper emergency personnel to come and extinguish the blaze. And, there are different types of fire alarms, including:

  • Ionizzation fire alarms. These types of fire alarms are usually more responsive to flaming fires.
  • 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.

Our highly trained alarm system specialists will design, install, monitor, service and test the essential technologies you need to protect your employees, customers and assets.

Not only are fire alarms important, they are also 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. We can guide you in the right direction when you come to us to learn more about our commercial fire alarms and our other fire protection services.

Our NICET-certified systems designers engineer solutions that meet all required building codes. We pride ourselves on our ability to design cost-effective fire detection systems that provide our clients with the protection they need and deserve. We have experience working with a variety of commercial building types including: office, industrial, high technology, government, health care, education, hospitality, retail facilities and more.

Are you ready to learn more about fire alarms for your OH business? Call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

Incorporate Fire Protection into Your Spring Cleaning Routine

With spring just around the corner, you’ve likely been working on a spring cleaning to-do list for your business. But if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, don’t worry, the experts at Hard Fire are here to help you get started! We would like to offer a gentle reminder to add or keep fire protection and fire safety in mind while you prepare to head into the warmer months. 

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We are the trusted name in fire protection for Cincinnati and can tell you that by adding fire protection to your routine, you are doing a lot for the safety of your business. People talk a lot about fire safety during the fall and winter, which makes sense with all the space heaters, holiday lights and other cold weather hazards. But now that it’s finally warming up in Ohio, there are still plenty of ways to incorporate fire protection into your spring cleaning routine. It’s a great reminder each year to take a careful look at your fire alarms, fire suppression and more. Here are a few areas to consider:

How is your fire detection and fire protection? If you don’t have a professional, comprehensive fire detection system set up, now is a great time to do so. If your system is old or outdated it may not work as it should. When you call Hard Fire we can work with architects, developers and engineers to design and install a fire protection system that will by custom-suited to your business’ unique needs and  based on your business, we will design a system utilizing the best fire suppression agent for you.

When was the last time you had your fire protection or detection system tested? Make sure you have your system tested by professionals to ensure they are in good working order. We can customize a preventive maintenance program that provides you with a single source for all of your life safety systems. A service representative will meet with you, tour your facility, and develop a service agreement to ensure your life safety systems are tested, inspected, and maintained to keep them operating at peak performance. We make a special effort to thoroughly test and inspect all of your fire alarm systems’ components for proper operation. 

How is your company’s escape plan in the event of a fire? While you’re at it, go ahead and make spring the time of year when you and your employees go over and practice an escape plan in case of a fire. Ensure that everyone knows what to do and where to go and do a couple practice run-throughs of the escape plan.

These are just some of the things you can do this spring to help ensure proper fire protection for your business. For more information on fire protection in Cincinnati call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 612-882-2990 or Contact Us

Three Essential Components for Fire Detection You Can Depend On

Having the proper fire detection system for your Ohio business is essential to its safety. But, how do you know if your system is working as it should be? There are a few key boxes that must be checked to ensure a proper fire detection system. And, as experts in fire detection for all of Ohio, we would like to provide you with a basic outline of the three most essential steps toward a proper fire detection system.

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Professional Design & Installation

Whether you are installing an entirely new fire detection system for a newly built structure or upgrading an existing system; you’ll want to have a professional take care of the entire design and installation process. By doing so you can be sure that the fire code requirements and legal rules are followed correctly and that it’s a fire detection system built to last.

A professional fire detection installation company will also be able to recommend the type of system to work best for your particular business. 

Professional Monitoring

What is a great fire detection system without professional fire alarm monitoring to back it up? Depending on the age and structure of a building, a tiny flame can spread incredibly fast. That is why early detection is key to preventing costly property damage and injuries. By having your fire detection system hooked up with trusted, professional monitoring you can rest easy knowing someone is watching over the safety of your business 24/7. At Hard Fire we offer 24/7/365 monitoring services. We will keep an eye on your building and the fire alarm systems and, if the alarm system is triggered, we will automatically notify the proper emergency personnel, you and anyone else you tell us to notify.

Maintenance & Testing

While professional installation and monitoring are essential to any fire detection system, they are virtually useless without proper testing and maintenance. That’s why maintaining your fire detection is just as important as installing it in the first place. If not tested on a regular basis, you can’t be sure your system is running as it should. Annual testing and maintenance is also a local and national requirement for your system.

Ready to get started on a proper fire detection system for your Ohio business? Our highly trained, licensed fire detection system specialists will design, install, monitor, service and test the essential technologies you need to protect your employees, customers and assets.

For more information on a fire detection system in Ohio, call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.