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Essential Components of Your Office Fire Protection System

Your business’ fire protection system is an essential component to the safety of your business. But, what are the essential components of your office fire protection system itself? When it comes to your business, it is important to not only follow basic codes and regulations but to take extra measures to protect your employees and belongings as well. Simply installing a sprinkler system may not be enough to protect your employees and equipment. The experts here at Hard Fire would like to take a moment to discuss what components you should have for your Canton area office fire protection systems. And, if you’d like to enhance your current system or learn more about office fire protection systems in general, contact us as soon as possible and we can get to work better protecting your business. 

Fire Alarm

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The fire alarm panel is the central point of your entire office fire protection and suppression system. It is there to monitor every device that is connected to your system and relays information between them. It also monitors the system’s integrity and output for signs of a fire or smoke.

Horn & Light Notification

There are many different types of notification devices available for office fire protection systems including horns and strobe lights. These systems alert the people within the building that there is a fire and they should leave immediately.

Initiation Devices

There are a few types of initiation devices when it comes to office fire protection systems: manual and automatic. 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.


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


A fire suppression system is there to do just that, suppress the fire. Clean agent fire suppression systems work by holding back the chain reaction that unfolds between heat, oxygen and a fuel source. Some examples include NOVEC 1230, FM-200, water mist, CO2 and inert agent systems. They work quickly, can reach extinguishing levels in 10 seconds or less, and are incredibly effective. 

Are you interested in learning more about office fire protection systems for your Canton area business? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.

Why the Right Fire Alarms are a Smart Investment in Your Business

It’s simple. The right fire alarm system can save lives and save your business.  Fire alarms can save you thousands of dollars and prevent your business from a disastrous fire. But let’s not focus on the negative; let’s talk prevention. 

Fire Alarms

You might be wondering what kind or how extensive of a fire alarm system your business needs. And how do you know you’re choosing the right fire alarms for your Ohio business? At Hard Fire we are the experts in fire alarms, fire suppression and fire prevention for all of Ohio and are here to tell you more about it.

First of all, if you plan on installing new fire alarms or upgrading the system of your existing building, then you’ll want to have a professional take care of the design and installation. It is important your new fire alarms target the right areas as well as meet fire code requirements. Experts like those at Hard Fire will be able to tell you what kind of fire alarms are the best investment for your unique business and property. 

Early detection is key to preventing costly property damage and injuries. Depending on the age, structure, and other factors, a tiny flame can spread out of control incredibly fast. So, it is also important that your fire alarms are also properly monitored by a company you can depend on. Go with a company that has 24 hour fire services that will contact the fire department and you in the case of an emergency. With this kind of professional, comprehensive monitoring, your business can be secure at all hours of the day. 

And, while high quality, properly monitored fire alarms can come with a higher price tag, the safety and convenience features they offer offset it very well. While fire alarms are something we hope we never have to use, if they do come into use, you want them to work well. And, the best way to ensure this is with devices and a system that’s backed by seasoned professionals. 

Hard Fire can provide just that. 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. We specialize in fire alarms and are current and up to date on all of the regulations and codes surrounding fire alarms, fire suppression and fire protection.

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

Happy Holidays from Hard Fire Suppression Systems

As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are grateful to continue serving Ohio with our commercial fire protection systems. This would not be possible without the support and patronage from all of you!

We want to thank each and every one of you who has used our services this past year. We hope you will trust us for all your future fire suppression needs.

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

Happy Holidays

Tips for Fire Safety this Holiday Season

The holidays are here and if your office is like most then it will soon be filled with holiday decorations, pot lucks and more. And, while these festive holiday staples can be a lot of fun, they can also bring with them some potential fire hazards every business owner and manager should be aware of. As experts in fire protection for Akron and the surrounding areas, we’d like to offer some tips to help you protect your business and its occupants this holiday season.office fire protection systems

First, is your fire protection system what it should be? Make sure all your commercial fire protection systems are properly installed and monitored. They can help save lives and minimize the amount of damage done. When was the last time your fire protection system was tested? Is it properly monitored? These are all questions you should be asking yourself; especially this time of year.

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 protection systems. When we install your fire protection system, you can depend on us for all of its maintenance and testing needs.

For example, it is important to make sure that your smoke detectors are working and verify that the fire extinguishers are easily accessible. Hard Fire can help with this.

Next, 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.

When it comes to pot lucks with multiple slow cookers and griddles, etc. it is important to never exceed the maximum number of strings or devices that may be linked together. The same goes for holiday 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. And, never place staples or nails through strings of lights, power cords, or extension cords.

These are just some of the things you should keep in mind this holiday season in addition to proper fire protection. For more tips on a safe holiday and winter season, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can test your fire protection system and even install a new one.

Ready to learn more about fire protection for your Akron area business? Call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

What is Dry Fire Suppression & What is it For?

While you are most definitely aware that there are sprinkler systems that protect you in almost every commercial building you enter, did you know there are actually different types of sprinkler systems? The two most commonly used systems are the wet fire sprinkler and the dry fire sprinkler systems. It’s common knowledge wet sprinkler systems utilize water. But what are dry fire sprinkler systems? As experts in fire suppression we are here to provide information about what a dry fire suppression system can do for your Cleveland business. And, when you’re ready to protect your commercial facility or business against the threat of fire, entrust us for all of your fire suppression needs.fire suppression

Many people think “water” in order to douse a fire however certain types of businesses require chemical compounds or a dry fire suppression system to prevent damage from water. Business such as data centers, homes of high-tech electronic gadgetry, art galleries and more can all benefit from a dry fire suppression system. This fire suppression system is waterless and has additional benefits over a water-based system.

Fragile equipment and documents all need protection. And that includes insurance policies, business licenses, contracts, etc. Water-based fire suppression systems can damage computers, servers and critical documents. The implementation of a dry fire suppression system allows instead for the protection of electronic equipment and documents, resulting in less time in recovery from fire.

Dry systems are also ideal for use in structures where temperatures will reach freezing. If and when temperatures drop below freezing, the pipes are not in danger of freezing as they are with their wet sprinkler system counterparts.

Not sure if a dry fire suppression system is the best solution for your business? We can work with you to choose one that’s right for you and make sure your system system fits your particular working environment. We offer a variety of suppression system types; both wet and dry. The professionals at Hard Fire have plenty of experience with a variety of fire suppression systems, including:

  • Inert agent
  • C02
  • NOVEC 1230
  • FM200
  • Water mist
  • Foam
  • Halon 1301
  • And more

Ready to get started making your business safer? Give us a call today to learn more about a fire suppression system for your Cleveland business. Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.