FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FAQs
Typically, you must be able to see the fire extinguisher from all viewable angles. Otherwise, a sign may be required. For further clarification, it is best to contact a Koorsen associate or your local AHJ.
It depends on your business classification and hazard type. Typically, you will find 10-pound ABC fire extinguishers in standard office buildings and class K fire extinguishers in commercial kitchens. Click to learn more about fire extinguisher types.
Fire extinguishers should be checked monthly by the business owner or designated employee and inspected annually by a certified Koorsen fire extinguisher tech.
While a site survey is needed to determine the exact number, typically one fire extinguisher is required for every 3,000 sq.ft. or 75 feet of travel distance. Click fire extinguisher requirements to learn more.
FIRE SPRINKLER FAQs
Due to the fact that there are many manufacturers and specifications for sprinkler heads, spare sprinkler heads are required to be available onsite in case one breaks or needs to be quickly replaced.
The backflow is usually inspected and tested annually along with the rest of the fire sprinkler system. Testing the backflow is required according to your local AHJ and NFPA code.
Unlike what you’ve seen in the movies, only the sprinkler head above the heat of the fire will go off. The sprinkler heads contain glass bulbs which break from the heat of the fire and activate the corresponding sprinkler head.
Every 5 years, there must be a visual inspection of the inside of the fire sprinkler pipes to check for buildup, corrosion and anything that may block the pipe and prevent the sprinkler system from working.
It depends on your insurance company and local AHJs requirements. At a minimum, fire sprinklers need to be inspected annually. In some instances, they may need to be inspected quarterly or semi-annually. Click fire sprinkler inspections to learn more.
FIRE SUPPRESSION FAQs
The clean agent is discharged as a gas. The gas is an electrically non-conductive and is designed to interrupt the combustion process to extinguish the fire but not damage the sensitive equipment. Click to learn about the most common clean agent fire suppression systems.
A clean agent is inert gases and chemical agents designed to protect data and valuable assets. Once discharged, it does not leave a mess to clean up and will preserve electronics while still extinguishing a fire. Click to learn more about clean agents.
The clean agent is designed to reach a required concentration level in a protected space to suppress a fire. While the concentration level is not harmful to humans, it is recommended to leave the area before the agent is released.
Per NFPA 2004, The Standard for Clean Agent Extinguishing System, they are required to be inspected twice a year or semi-annually by a certified clean agent technician.
GENERAL FIRE FAQs
In certain environments, covers can protect fire extinguishers from dirt, dust, grease and other contaminants that could damage the extinguishers.
You will need to get written permission from your insurance company and your local AHJ to remove them. We can then remove the fire hose from your building and cap it.
If you have fire hoses installed in your building, they need to be code compliant which means they need to be inspected annually.
They are only required in certain situations depending on the local AHJ and facility requires. They are however beneficial in protecting fire extinguishers from dirt, debris, and theft. Contact Koorsen for more information.
KITCHEN FIRE FAQs
When someone activates the system, it shuts off fuel source and dispenses a foam from the suppression nozzles which forms a “soapy blanket” and smothers the fire under the kitchen hood.
It is a fire testing standard administered by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). All kitchen fire suppression systems and components must by UL 300 approved.
Per NFPA 17 and manufacturer requirements, the kitchen hood suppression system is required to be inspected every 6-months. Click to learn what goes into a kitchen suppression system inspection.
EMERGENCY/EXIT LIGHT FAQs
While you can perform the monthly quick, for the annual inspection we recommend using an experienced Koorsen technician who can properly test, diagnose, and repair your lights to ensure proper functionality.
Typically, one should be visible from anywhere in common areas. For further clarification, a Koorsen associate can do a walk through to determine what is needed per code and manufacture specifications. Contact us today for a walk through.
Lights should be tested monthly by the owner or designated employee. They must have a 90-minute battery load test performed annually by a certified technician. Click emergency/exit light inspections to learn more.
FIRE ALARM FAQs
There is probably an issue on the panel. Contact Koorsen and a fire alarm technician will be able to diagnose and fix the problem leaving you with a working fire alarm that isn’t beeping.
Typically, yes depending upon occupancy, AHJ, and your insurance company requirements. Very rarely is there a situation when a fire alarm doesn’t require monitoring by a central station.
This is determined by your local AHJ, but it is recommended for proper notification within your building in the event a fire occurs. A fire sprinkler system is designed to save the property while a fire alarm is designed to save lives.
Per the NFPA, your fire alarm needs to be inspected by a certified technician once per year. However, some insurance companies require inspections twice a year. Click fire alarm inspections to learn more.
COMMERCIAL SECURITY FAQs
While there are no codes or regulations requiring commercial security systems inspections, some insurance companies may require it. It’s also recommended to ensure every component is working properly.
Yes, with an access control system, you can schedule doors to unlock and lock according to work hours or set up custom schedules for certain events or circumstances.
CENTRAL MONITORING FAQs
We partner with a UL listed monitoring company which has three monitoring station locations in the event one is down due to natural disaster or power outage. Click to learn about the importance of monitoring.
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION FAQs
We recommend emergency notification systems cover all areas of a building, including the exterior, due to liability with someone not clearly hearing the message and/or not hearing it at all.
By adding push buttons and notification devices to the system, one can quickly notify the rest of the building occupants of a chemical spill or weather incident giving them the opportunity to react immediately.
Emergency notification systems allow occupants and visitors to receive immediate information during an emergency event so they can all can react quickly and accordingly. Click to learn more about why an emergency notification system is so important.
Small Business Security FAQS
Yes, through an app on your smart phone or from a computer, you can arm/disarm your security system. You can also create notifications like when your employees forget to arm the system at the end of the day.