Frequently Asked Questions
Regular maintenance and service checks on all fire safety equipment is important. A defective system will not save lives or minimise the risk of property damage.
Fire Alarm Systems should be tested and serviced at a minimum twice a year. Extinguishers must be serviced annually.
Fire alarms are important because they can give you an early signal to something that could be tragic – basically saving you and your family. A fire alarm is able to alert you, even when you’re busy, working, or sleeping. Therefore, you can take action before major damage takes place, saving you the cost of property loss. More than half of house fires take place in homes that do not have fire alarms, and mostly at night, resulting in a high number of deaths.
A vast majority of the time, your fire extinguishers sit dormant. The best way to tell if they’re working is to schedule routine fire extinguisher inspections. You can perform simple checks yourself, but more in-depth testing from a professional should take place once a year. Then, every six years, your fire extinguishers must undergo a complete breakdown and internal inspection.
Not all extinguishers are created equal. In fact, there are different fire extinguisher classes designed to put out various types of fires. If flames break out in your home, office, or other building with ordinary combustible products, flammable liquids, and electrical wiring, a multipurpose ABC fire extinguisher is the proper tool to douse the blaze.
For cooking fires in commercial kitchens, a Class K extinguisher is needed to put out the fire and prevent it from reflashing. Class D extinguishers are less common and are only used to fight fires that break out in chemical plants and industrial facilities with combustible metals onsite, such as sodium, potassium, titanium, and magnesium.
– There are significant and potentially costly differences when “upgrading” or “replacing” your fire alarm system. There are generally different requirements regarding the replacement versus the upgrade of existing fire alarm systems, including the degree to which the requirements for new construction must be met. When replacing your fire alarm system, local code requirements for existing buildings may allow a device-for-device replacement without making any changes to the functionality of your current system. Simple replacement may be the right option, provided your existing fire alarm system meets local accessibility requirements. However, a system may need to be modified to meet current code requirements if there have been changes in the building construction, occupancy or maybe even local ordinances.
- No, each sprinkler head operates independently of each other.