Is Your Fire Protection Equipment Really Keeping You Safe?

Fire Sprinkler SystemsYou know the sprinkler heads are there, and you see the extinguishers on the wall. The elements of fire protection are there, so surely you can feel good about how you’re protecting your business and everyone in it.

Well, not necessarily.

Just having the system in place isn’t enough. Think of it like an old phone booth on a street corner. That thing may look for all the world like an apparatus for communication, but it isn’t connected to phone lines anymore, and it’s about as useful as a stone when you want to make a call.

Getting a suitable fire protection system and critical equipment like extinguishers and exit lights is a great first step. And we hope you’ve worked with a reputable company who can design, install, and service exactly what you need for whatever unique circumstances your business presents. There’s still more to think about. See below for a list of considerations that are integral for effective fire protection.

  1. Maintaining your system. Your primary concern is keeping up with maintenance on your system. That means having it tested and inspected at least annually (and more if your industry regulations or insurance company requires it). This testing ensures that all of the pieces are in working order and that your fire extinguishers are charged, for example. It gets you ready for the fire marshal and gives you the peace of mind that when something goes wrong, your system will do exactly what you put it in place to do. Which also means that damage is kept to a minimum and your downtime is as short as possible.
  2. Matching your system to your situation. In some cases, business owners try to get by with systems that aren’t intended for fire protection. Just because you have a few smoke detectors wired into your security system doesn’t mean you’re protecting your building. You need a UL-listed, commercial-grade fire panel. Your insurance company certainly wants that.
  3. Keeping in accordance with your insurance policy. Doing so might mean going above and beyond what the law or industry regulations dictate. We get called in quite frequently to evaluate systems for insurance companies. They follow up with changes they’d like to see, and in too many cases, business owners ignore those requests. The end result? They aren’t covered when they have to deal with the aftermath of a fire.
  4. Choose a well-established partner. If you’re not working with experts, you’re not getting all you should from your fire protection system. We’ve been in enough buildings to know: Just because someone came and hung the inspection tag doesn’t mean that your system got the attention it needed. Don’t make the mistake of cutting costs now by choosing a new or disreputable company for your fire protection.

Your business is worth putting in the extra consideration (and, yes—investment) now. We’ve run into a lot of people who regretted choosing a different path.

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Koorsen Fire & Security was founded in 1946 and is a third-generation, family owned business. Over the years, Koorsen has become one of the largest and most respected fire and security companies in the United States with more than 25 locations and over 700 associates. Koorsen Fire & Security is well-known for having the best training in the industry, and is insured and certified to design, install, program, service and repair virtually all fire and security products for any size business. Contact us to schedule your free on-site hazard analysis.

6 Comments

Thanks for sharing this advice on taking care of your fire safety equipment. My company could definitely use this advice– right now, we don’t have too much equipment for a fire emergency! However, I’ll make sure that we maintain our system in the meantime until we find some new equipment.

Fire safety equipment is really important in any house. It’s important to maintain and know how to use everything in your arsenal of fire safety equipment. That way if there is ever any fire you are prepared to do what you need to.

Thanks for sharing this advice on keeping fire protection equipment in good condition. I definitely agree that it is important to maintain the equipment, especially if you think that it is a little bit older. It just isn’t worth it to not take the time to check it to make sure it would work in an emergency. Plus, if your equipment isn’t maintained well, then you could end up losing money by losing insurance benefits! That means that you could be throwing away money by not maintaining it!

Thanks for sharing all of this advice on staying safe with good fire protection equipment. I agree that just installing the sprinklers and alarms doesn’t mean that you are completely protected. In my opinion, the actual testing of the equipment every once in awhile is absolutely critical. That’s why I think the first and fourth points are the most important in this article. If you get your equipment tested by an experienced professional, you can relax in knowing that your system will work when that emergency occurs. Plus, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry, especially when it comes to your building’s safety. You don’t want to put anyone’s lives in danger due to your negligence.

I always look for the fire sprinklers when I go to a new building. I just always look up when I think and so often see them. Anyway, I have also wondered if they would actually work like they are designed too. I guess I assumed there was no way to inspect them and make sure they are in working order without turning them on. So, how are ceiling sprinkler systems checked?

This is something I think every house should keep on top of, don’t what to deal with a fire. I know it is wise to have a smoke detector, and extinguishers, is there anything else to get? I imagine it would be smart to have a company come and just tell you what would be good to protect your house from a fire.

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