FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FAQs

Are signs required for all fire extinguishers?

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.

What type of fire extinguisher do I need for my building?

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.

How often do fire extinguishers need to be inspected?

Fire extinguishers should be checked monthly by the business owner or designated employee and inspected annually by a certified Koorsen fire extinguisher tech.

How many fire extinguishers do I need in my building?

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

Why do I need spare fire sprinkler heads?

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.

Does the fire sprinkler backflow have to be tested?

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.

Do all fire sprinkler heads go off at one time in a fire?

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.

What is a 5-year internal inspection?

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.

How often does a fire sprinkler system need to be inspected?

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

How does a fire suppression system work?

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.

What is a clean agent?

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.

Is the clean agent harmful to people?

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.

How often are clean agent fire suppression systems required to be inspected?

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

Are fire extinguisher covers required?

In certain environments, covers can protect fire extinguishers from dirt, dust, grease and other contaminants that could damage the extinguishers.

Can I remove the fire hose from my building?

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.

Do fire hoses have to be inspected?

If you have fire hoses installed in your building, they need to be code compliant which means they need to be inspected annually.

Is a fire extinguisher cabinet required?

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

How does the kitchen fire suppression system put a fire out?

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.

Can I move kitchen equipment under the hood?

No. The kitchen hood suppression system is calibrated to protect the current equipment under the kitchen hood. If you want to move equipment, it is highly recommended to contact Koorsen first to ensure proper coverage.

What is UL 300?

It is a fire testing standard administered by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). All kitchen fire suppression systems and components must by UL 300 approved.

How often does a kitchen hood suppression system need to be inspected?

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

Can I check my emergency / exit lights myself?

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.

Do you inspect exit / emergency lights?

Yes. We will inspect them, perform annual 90-minute battery load tests, and place labels on them so the AHJ can see that they have had their required inspections performed on them. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.

How many exit / emergency lights do we need in our building?

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.

How often do emergency and exit lights need to be inspected?

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

Why is my fire alarm beeping?

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.

Do I need monitoring of my fire alarm system?

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.

Do I need a fire alarm system if I have a fire sprinkler system?

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.

How often does the fire alarm need to be inspected?

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

Does my security system need to be regularly inspected?

While there are no codes or regulations requiring commercial security systems inspections, some insurance companies may require it. It’s also recommended just to insure every component is working.

Can access cards be deleted if someone is let go?

You quickly and easily add and delete users through the access control system software. You can also issue temporary guest access cards which can expire at a certain time.

Can I make doors lock and unlock on a schedule?

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

Who handles the monitoring?

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

Why do you think we should complete all areas for coverage instead of common areas only?

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.

Can I add weather / chemical spill to this system?

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.

Why should I install an emergency notification system?

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

Can I control my security system remotely?

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.

Will my security cameras be able to see at night?

If your cameras come equipped with IR LEDs, then they will be able to see at night. For more information on IR cameras, contact a Koorsen security expert. Click commercial security camera types to learn more about which security cameras are right for your business.

Can I monitor my cameras from my phone?

Yes, you can monitor your camera from a computer, tablet or smart phone as long as your cameras are on an on-site network. Contact a Koorsen security expert to learn more.