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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!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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.

How it Works: The Components of a Fire Protection and Fire Suppression System

Hard Fire is one of the leaders in fire suppression in Cleveland, designing, installing, monitoring, maintaining and repairing a variety of fire protection and suppression systems for property owners like you. Every system we design is unique, but there are some basic components that go into all of them. In order to fully understand the importance of a professional fire suppression system, it is important to know its many parts and what makes it work. That’s why we’ve decided to provide a brief description of each component, its function and how it fits into the big picture.

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The notification system is the alarm. It can include strobe lights or audio devices such as a horn. This is how the system tells the building’s occupants that there is a fire and everyone should evacuate immediately. They also help people evacuate the building quickly and safely.

Alarm Panel

The fire alarm panel is the brain of the entire fire suppression system. It monitors every connected device and relays information between each part. It also monitors the system’s integrity and output. A fire protection company like Hard Fire knows exactly what type of fire alarm panel will be best to meet your building’s fire protection needs.

Power Supply

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

Backup Power

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. The secondary power supply will engage if something happens to the primary power supply. It helps ensure your fire suppression and fire protection system can still be depended upon even when the power goes out.


There are two types of initiation devices. 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.

Contact the professionals at Hard Fire and we can tell you even more about fire suppression systems, their components and what they can do for you and your business.

Are you interested in learning more about fire suppression for your Cleveland area business? Call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.