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Reasons Why Passive Commercial Fire Protection Isn’t Enough

Does your building have a commercial fire suppression system? If so, how old is it? Is it still up to code? If you have an old, outdated or bare bones fire suppression system in your office building, are you really doing everything you can to ensure safety for those who work there every day? Passive fire protection isn’t enough to keep everyone safe. Passive fire protection may work in theory, but when it comes down to it, your best line of defense is having a current, tested and monitored system that works. At Hard Fire, we specialize in commercial fire suppression for Columbus and know firsthand how essential having the right system can be.

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We go directly to each business we service to custom design a comprehensive commercial fire suppression system for each unique business and building and then monitor it thereafter. We are constantly on top of the latest technology in fire suppression so we hate to see situations where companies don’t stay up-to-date on the latest and the greatest. Why not bring old buildings up to current technology

Detection alone won’t be enough for the safety of your building and the people within it. Fast, sufficient suppression is just as important. The best thing you can do for your commercial fire suppression system is to have it inspected by Hard Fire at least once a year. We can catch any problems that might impact the system’s ability to work if it is needed. We also recommend that you take a look at it on a monthly basis and that you take basic precautions like never painting over the sprinklers, never obstructing them and never hanging items from them.

And, the faster the fire is spotted, the sooner your notification system can alert the proper emergency personnel to come and put out the blaze.

Make sure all of your commercial fire suppression 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.

When you’re ready to learn more about commercial fire suppression for your Columbus office, call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or Contact Us.

Importance of Testing Fire Alarms & Emergency Lighting

With proper professional maintenance, a fire detection system can last for over a decade. However, to ensure its longevity and effectiveness, you should have these fire alarms professionally serviced in the form of annual inspections. It is important to have your commercial fire alarm systems checked once a year by a professional fire detection and alarm company such as Hard Fire. We specialize in commercial fire alarm systems for Ohio and are here to tell you more about inspection and why it’s so important.

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Commercial fire alarm systems can include visual and audio evacuation alarms, alarm initiating devices; sprinkler water flow alarms, automatic smoke detectors, manual pull stations, heat detectors and much more. And, all of these need to be tested from time to time. When performing an inspection of your emergency lights, exit sign and more, an experienced technician from Hard Fire will make sure everything will work when you need it to.

For example, when it comes to your emergency lighting, did you know that ninety minutes is the illumination time required to give everyone enough time to properly exit the building? We will verify that the lights will function for the required 90 minutes, should they be needed in the case of an emergency. And, this is just one element of your commercial fire alarm systems we will test.

Every business has to abide by codes and regulations. These requirements can affect several aspects of a business, including accessibility, environment, and mechanical systems, among many others. And, we are well-versed in these codes for commercial fire alarm systems. When we install your alarm system, you can depend on us for all of its maintenance and testing needs. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Code of Federal Regulations require you to adequately illuminate all exits. The codes also require you to maintain emergency lights and exit signs to make sure they are always in operating condition. We are here to keep your commercial fire alarm systems up to code.

We will customize a preventive maintenance program that provides you with a single source for all of your commercial fire alarm 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.

It is important to make a special effort to thoroughly test and inspect all of your commercial fire alarm systems’ components for proper operation. The most current techniques and equipment are utilized during each of our inspections to meet the rigorous requirements of today’s complex fire alarm systems. Because, we want to make sure your alarm systems work when you need them!

Are you interested in learning more about inspection of commercial fire alarm systems in Ohio? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.

The Importance of Quality (Not Just Any) Fire Detection System for Your Business

As a facilities manager you must balance the time, cost, and quality of everything you put into your facility; from the vending machines to the more important life safety systems. When it comes to fire safety, these systems can have serious implications for building managers and occupants. It is essential you find the right system for your unique building and business. Not only does your fire detection system protect the lives and safety of staff, visitors and contractors, but it ensures that the building can be operated in a safe manner, ensuring a safe workplace. At Hard Fire we understand this and are here to tell you all about the importance of investing in quality fire detection for your Columbus business.

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Proper fire detection can help save lives and they can help mitigate the damage to your property too. They detect fire or smoke and notify you and your building’s occupants of a fire emergency, and they are a vital part of quick evacuations. It is important you hire a fire detection company you can trust. What about cost? The cost of fire safety has to be balanced against the time that all the repercussions take. A quality fire detection system is invaluable. They sound the warning that a fire has been detected and everyone needs to evacuate immediately.

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.

Is the fire alarm in place correct for the type of building occupancy? Does it meet current standards, and is it maintained in accordance with current codes and regulations? These are all things to consider.

Experts like the ones at Hard Fire know these fire detection 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 fire alarms and our other fire detection services.

It is impossible to put a price on the safety and well-being of your building’s occupants. Most commercial fire alarms are reasonably priced and within almost all budgets. You get the peace of mind you deserve knowing your building’s occupants will be properly notified to evacuate if and when a fire is ever detected.

These are just some of the many reasons a quality fire detection system is such an essential for commercial properties of all types and sizes. When you contact us to learn more, we can tell you even more about these life safety fire detection systems and the ways they will benefit you.

Would you like more information about fire detection for Columbus or any of the surrounding areas? Call us at Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

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!

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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.