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Three Myths about Fire Alarms

fire alarms cleveland hard fireFire alarms are one of the most misunderstood parts of a fire protection system. They serve one main purpose: to alert you and the other occupants in your building that a fire has been detected and you need to evacuate as quickly as possible. Fire alarms can come with an audio alert, like a loud beeping noise or a voice that gives instructions on what to do, or they can come with a visual alert, like bright flashing strobe lights, or both. We install, service and inspect fire alarms for Cleveland businesses, so we thought we would clear up some of the most common misconceptions about these life-saving devices.

Myth: All I need are a few fire alarms and my building will be protected from a fire.

Truth: While fire alarms are an important component of a good fire protection system, they are not the only component. You should also have a fire suppression system installed. The type you get depends on your business and the equipment you use. You should also have a 24/7 monitoring system in place as well.

Myth: I’ll smell smoke, so there is no need for my commercial property to have a fire alarm system installed.

Truth: Sometimes, depending on where the fire starts and how quickly it burns, you and your commercial property’s other occupants may never smell or see the fire. That is why fire alarms are so crucial. When they detect smoke, they will sound the alarm. They give everyone time to safely evacuate before the fire spreads and causes injuries, damage or worse.

Most insurance companies will not insure your building if you do not have a working fire protection system installed.

Myth: I do not need to have my fire alarms or fire protection system inspected.

Truth: Actually, regular inspections are required by many different building codes and regulations. You should have these inspections done by a professional service like Hard Fire to make sure everything is working as it should be in case the worst happens and a fire breaks out.

These are just a few examples of some of the most common misconceptions about fire alarms, their purpose and why they are so important. If you have any further questions about them, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

Do you want to learn more about fire alarms in Cleveland? Call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.

Hard Fire Has Moved

Hard Fire is happy to announce that we recently moved to a new location! Our clients can still expect the same great fire detection and fire suppression systems throughout Ohio, but our new space is better suited for the type of work we do.

Our new address is:

400 E. Wilson Bridge Rd Ste A
Worthington, OH 43085

Our phone numbers and Web address are going to remain the same.

If you would like more information on fire detection and fire suppression systems in Ohio, call us at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or Contact Us.

Types of Fire Alarms

Hard Fire specializes in fire alarm systems in Ohio, so we thought we would take the time to discuss the two most common types of fire alarms available today: ionization fire alarms and photoelectric fire alarms. Both of them have their uses and advantages, and most fire alarm systems will use both in order to ensure the best fire protection possible.

Ionization Fire Alarms

These types of fire alarms are usually more responsive to flaming fires. They have a small amount of a radioactive material (called Americium-241) that is in between two electrically charged plates. These plates are called electrodes and they are connected to a battery. These electrodes ionize the air and cause electric currents to flow between the two plates. If smoke enters that chamber, it will disrupt that flow of ions and that will trigger the fire alarm.

Photoelectric Fire Alarms

Sometimes when a fire breaks out, it does not instantly burst into flames. Fires can smolder for quite some time before spreading. Photoelectric fire alarms respond to these types of fires by aiming an LED light in a straight line into a sensing chamber. If smoke gets into the chamber, the particles of the smoke will interrupt that light beam and scatter it into different directions. Some of that LED light will go toward the light sensor and trigger the alarm to go off.

If the batteries in the alarm are low, the alarm will start to chirp. But that chirping noise is different than the sound the fire alarm makes when it detects a fire, so people know it is going off because of low batteries and not because there is a fire.

Both types of alarms should be used in most fire alarm systems to ensure there is adequate coverage since fires can break out either instantly or smolder for awhile. There are also alarms on the market that combine both of these technologies.

The main purpose of fire alarms is to alert the building’s occupants that there is a fire and they need to evacuate as soon as possible. Using both types of these alarms ensures that, no matter how the fire has started or how quickly it is spreading, there will be an alarm that detects it and sounds a warning.

If you would like more information on fire alarm systems in Ohio, call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

What to Do after A Fire Alarm Sounds

If the worst happens and a fire breaks out in your commercial building, if you have one of our fire protection systems, an alarm of some sort will sound and there will be other notifications that the alarm has gone off. The notifications you get will depend on the type of system you have installed. But what do you do after you hear the fire alarm? Here are a few tips. And when you want more information about fire protection systems in Cleveland and the surrounding areas, give us a call.

One of the best things you can do after we install one of our fire protection systems is to come up with an evacuation plan for your building. Make sure that all of your building’s tenants or your employees know where the stairwells and exits are.

When the alarm sounds, that usually indicates your sprinkler system will be activated soon after. Sprinkler heads are heat-activated, so they will kick on as soon as they sense the temperatures have been elevated to a certain level.

Fire protection systems should notify the proper emergency personnel, who will then come to finish extinguishing the flames that the sprinklers did not put out. After that, the fire department should tell you if it is safe to re-enter your building. Make sure you grab what you need, if you can, and then leave the building as soon as possible again after that.

You should also look into having your building secured in some way after the fire, if possible. This could help prevent any further damage, and it could help protect any other valuable assets that are in your building.

Finally, be sure you contact your insurance company to figure out your next steps. They will advise you on what to do to file your claim, and they will probably send an insurance adjuster out to assess and evaluate any damage that your building sustained.

Fire protection systems are a great way to give yourself valuable peace of mind that, if the worst does happen and a fire breaks out, your building’s occupants and your assets are protected. These systems are designed to help give you and the other building occupants time to safely evacuate a building if a fire breaks out.

Are you interested in learning more about fire protection systems in Cleveland? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301, or you can Contact Us.

Preventing a Fire in Your Workplace

In this day and age, it is more important than ever to make sure your workplace stays safe from the threat of a fire. Not only is the health and well-being of your business’ occupants at stake, but so are your business assets. So what are some of the best ways to keep your workplace safe? Hard Fire specializes in designing and installing commercial fire alarms in Cleveland, and we have a few suggestions for you on how to help keep your workplace safe from a fire.

  • Make sure your employees know that the only place they should prepare hot food is in the designated kitchen area. Toasters, microwaves, coffee pots and other appliances that can heat up food and liquids should only be used in the kitchen. They should never be used in anyone’s office area or in another part of the building that is not a designated food preparation area.
  • You should not allow your employees to use space heaters. Not only is this illegal in some parts, but it is also a huge fire hazard. While commercial fire alarms will alert your employees that there is a fire, you can help nip the need for this in the bud if you do not permit anyone to use space heaters.
  • Along the same vein, all smokers should be asked to smoke outside of the building, preferably several feet away from the building, if not farther. That way, if someone does not put out their cigarette completely or if there is a lit ember that blows off, there is less of a chance that it will ignite and start a fire.
  • If you allow your employees to use power strips for their electronics, make sure that they know not to overload the power strips. An overloaded power strip is a pretty common cause of commercial building fires. Your employees should also check to make sure that the cords and wires that plug into electronics and appliances are not damaged or frayed. If anyone finds a damaged cord, they should unplug the device immediately and ask for a new one.
  • Make sure all trash is put into the proper area of your building, like out near a dumpster. Do not allow trash, paper and other materials to gather up and clutter hallways and offices.

Do you need more information about commercial fire alarms in Cleveland? Call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.