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Does Your Office Have Adequate Fire Protection?

Look around you, does the office you go to every day have adequate fire protection? As experts in commercial fire protection systems for Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, we’d like to provide an outline of what should be there to properly protect your office and its occupants.

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Fire alarms as part of the commercial fire protection systems should sound or visually display the fire signal. Other components make it easier for occupants to evacuate, like exit signs. Are all of the proper signs present? Strobe lights and other signaling options on commercial fire protection systems should also light up in various ways that will help people identify the exits. This is especially true in the event of power loss; audio and visual components of the system will continue to function. A fire protection company like ours can evaluate your office’s system to ensure all exit signs are located where they should be and working properly.

Commercial fire protection systems are mandatory in most commercial properties. Local codes and regulations vary in different areas, such as how many occupants a building is allowed to have, whether a sprinkler system needs to be in the building and what building type classification you operate under. Commercial fire protection systems and alarms help with the overall cause of minimizing the damage done as a result of fire. The faster the fire is spotted, the sooner your notification system can alert the proper emergency personnel to come and put out the blaze.

It is also important that the commercial fire protection 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 professionals have handled installation to ensure all works as it should. At Hard Fire, we have professional representatives on NFPA standard’s code committees and work closely with fire detection and suppression system manufacturers.

Have you had drills or inspections in your office? When you have commercial fire protection systems installed, it is also important to have them inspected on a regular basis. At Hard Fire, we use the best technology available to monitor your fire alarm and fire suppression systems.

Not sure if your office is protected by quality commercial fire protection systems? When you’re ready to learn more about commercial fire protection systems at your Cincinnati office, call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or Contact Us.

Finding the Best Type of Fire Suppression for Your Unique Business

When it comes to choosing a fire suppression system, it is important you find the right one to meet your unique needs. Fire suppression isn’t one-size-fits all. A professional fire suppression system offers variety of options from water mist to foam to CO2 to FM200 to inert agent and much more. And, the type of fire suppression system you need hinges heavily on your business, the type of equipment you have within it, the goods you house and more. After all, you want the very best in fire suppression for you in order protect your employees and business or commercial space from a fire emergency. That is why it is so vital that you understand the differences among the various fire suppression systems available for your business; or, that you hire a company that does. At Hard Fire we specialize in these types of systems and can customize the perfect fire suppression system for your Columbus area business. We understand that when it comes to your business, it is important to have the right kind of fire suppression system. Here are some of the factors we consider:

Did you know that almost one-third of office fires occur with the cooking equipment and/or the electrical distribution? Fire detection systems, sprinkler systems, fire alarms, fire suppression and emergency lighting are all essential to these areas of the workplace. An often overlooked feature is the emergency exit lights. They are incredibly important in aiding occupants in evacuating the building safely. Proper maintenance of all these systems is also necessary to ensure that in the case of a fire emergency they will work to avoid any disaster that may result with a malfunctioning fire system.

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Does your business house large servers, artwork or similar sensitive machinery or materials? Many businesses can benefit from clean agent fire suppression, but especially those that store items such as computers and servers, client records, antiques, art, manufacturing equipment and more. Clean agents inhibit the chain reaction that unfolds between heat, oxygen and a fuel source that ignites a potentially all-consuming blaze. A clean agent is electrically nonconductive; nonvolatile, people safe gaseous fire extinguishing means that do not leave a residue upon evaporation and is a fast, clean way to put out a fire without using water. Clean agents include FM200, NOVEC 1230 and more.

Whatever fire suppression system is best for your business, we will supply it. Let our NICET-certified team provide assessments, design, installation, and services to meet your special hazards fire suppression system requirements. We provide fire protection solutions that are flexible, scalable, delivered on time and on budget.

For more information about a fire suppression system for your Columbus business or organization, call us at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990.

The Difference Between Commercial & Residential Fire Detection

Fire detection and fire alarms are a crucial part of fire safety for both commercial and residential properties. They both help save lives and protect property by alerting that a fire has broken out. There are also different types of fire detection systems to suit the various types of environments they are used in. But, when it comes to residential and commercial; there are some major differences we’d like to discuss here. And, when you’re ready to discuss a fire detection system for your Columbus business, give us a call at Hard Fire. We can design and install the right fire detection system to meet your unique business’ needs.

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Codes & Testing

A commercial business has special fire detection requirements residential properties simply don’t need. And, commercial properties having code requirements they must meet. We are current and up to date on all of the regulations and codes surrounding fire alarms, fire suppression and fire protection.

Unlike with residential fire alarms, when it comes to commercial fire detection, testing will usually need to be carried out by a qualified professional on a regular basis.

Residential Fire Detection

Most people are familiar with the types of smoke detector used in residential properties. There are two common types; photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric uses light beams, which cause a reduction in light passing to a photocell if smoke is present. Ionization works by reactions inside the detector being disrupted by the presence of smoke particles. Note: National and Ohio fire codes require residential fire detection and Carbon Monoxide detectors be replaced at least every 10 years. Newer Smoke and CO detectors come with 10-year batteries. The battery low monitor on these new unit can be a good reminder to replace your residential detectors keeping your family safe is the focus of this requirement.

Commercial Fire Detection

A commercial property includes everything from office buildings to restaurants to industrial buildings to entertainment venues. Each of these require a uniquely designed fire detection system to meet its needs. For example, an entertainment building is going to require different types of fire detection than an office would.
A fire detection system in commercial buildings are usually more complex than those used in residences. With larger sized buildings such as big office blocks, fire alarm and fire detection systems will need careful design and planning, with a full fire risk assessment taking place before installation.

All elements of the fire detection system are interlinked together with a central control panel and in most cases commercial fire alarms will require 24/7 monitoring. This allows fire department notification even when there is nobody on the premises. Detectors will have to be able to detect smoke or heat, whichever is more appropriate for the given environment.

Also new requirements are being added this year by the National code for Carbon Monoxide detection in commercial buildings.

In addition to detecting fire, Manual pull call points will be needed in commercial buildings so that individuals can raise the alarm immediately should they discover a fire.

Finally, The 2018 tax reduction act has allowed commercial building owners to write off a fire protection system investment, please contact us to find out more about this incentive to protect your most valuable asset, your people.

Do you want more information about a fire detection system for your Columbus business? Call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.


Why You Should Have Your Commercial Fire Alarms Tested Regularly

Your commercial fire alarms and business’ fire safety likely isn’t always at the forefront of your mind with everything else you have to do to run your business. But, it is important to ensure your fire protection system is working as it should. One of the most important steps in doing so is scheduled commercial fire alarm testing. And, if you can’t seem to remember to have them tested, then enlist the experts to do so for you. At Hard Fire, we specialize in commercial fire alarms in Ohio, including testing, scheduled maintenance and much more. We’d like to tell you more about commercial fire alarms and how to ensure your business is up to code and protected against a fire.

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Your commercial fire alarms are there to keep your employees safe if there is a fire ignited in your building. The occupants can thus have more time to safely evacuate the building, and fire alarms can help reduce injuries and fatalities that can sometimes result from these types of emergencies. These systems will also alert the authorities if a fire breaks out in your business in the middle of the night. But you won’t know they’re not working correctly until it’s too late. That is why it is so important to have your commercial fire alarms tested on a regular basis.

It’s also the law! The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code requires tests and inspections that are also required by Ohio law. Your commercial fire alarms must be at a minimum, tested once per year in order to ensure it is working and up to code.

It is important to make sure your commercial fire alarms are thoroughly tested. When you enlist the help of Hard Fire you can rest assured knowing the most current techniques and equipment are utilized during each of our inspections.

At Hard Fire we are well-versed in Ohio’s codes for commercial fire alarm systems. Our techs are factory trained and licensed. When we install your alarm system, you can also depend on us for your life safety systems maintenance and testing needs.

Not having your commercial fire alarms tested can cost your business more than the cost of an inspection. It is important to test and maintain your fire alarms every year in order to keep your business safe! For more information about the inspection of commercial fire alarms in Ohio, call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.

Fire Safety Tips for Summer

Thousands of fires take place every day during the summer. In fact, with all the air conditioners running, high temperatures and stresses on electrical systems, it is one of the most dangerous seasons for fire. That is why, this summer, you should take some extra precautions to help keep your building occupants safe. The hottest time of year for Ohio is just around the corner and as experts in office fire protection systems for Columbus and all of Ohio, we’d like to talk to you more about proper office fire safety and what you can do to better protect it.

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Cooling System Safety

HVAC systems and fans are the major culprits when it comes to summer fire hazards. Make sure fans aren’t running constantly and that their cords aren’t damaged. How old are the fans? It might be time to consider new, safer and more efficient fans. Also, clean out any exhaust fans regularly and clear debris out of the vents. Avoid running fans consistently for long periods of time.

How is your air conditioning running? 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.

Fire Protection System Inspection

Have you had your office fire protection system inspected lately? How old is the system? You should have fire alarms and fire suppression systems professionally serviced in the form of annual inspections. It is important to have your office fire protection systems checked once a year by a professional fire detection and alarm company such as Hard Fire. These preventative measures are essential in ensuring your system can handle whatever summer throws at it.

Other Summer Considerations

Fire risk is heightened by high temperatures. It is important to store flammables such as gas cylinders upright and never indoors. Do you keep items such as lawnmowers on your campus? Remember to regularly remove debris from cutting units and engines. And, never refuel a mower when it’s overheated.

How about a grill? Keep it away from your facility and any overhanging branches and always keep it clean.
Whatever special considerations your office needs this summer, Hard Fire can customize office fire protection systems to match. Do you have large servers or similar sensitive technical equipment? We can create a system tailored to monitor and keep your equipment safe.

Give us a call and a service representative will meet with you, tour your facility, and develop office fire protection systems and a service agreement to ensure your life safety systems are tested, inspected, and maintained to keep them operating at peak performance all season.

Are you interested in learning more about office fire protection systems in Columbus and the surrounding areas? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.