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Stay Safe & Code Compliant – Exit / Emergency Lights

One of the most common violations cited by fire inspectors is a non-functioning exit or emergency lighting.

 

Get your EXIT & EMERGENCY LIGHTS properly inspected to stay safe and code compliant with the help of Protegis.

 

BACKUP POWER SOURCE

To ensure exit and emergency lighting will stay lit during a power outage, it must have a backup power source, which typically consists of a battery within the unit.

 

90-MINUTE YEARLY TESTING

Code requires exit and emergency lighting to be tested annually to assure it will stay lit for a minimum of 90 minutes using only its internal backup power source.

 

In case of an emergency, make sure your occupants can safely evacuate your building. Schedule your exit and emergency light inspection today.

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How to Know When to Recharge Your Fire Extinguisher

 

There’s no doubt that fire extinguishers are among the most essential tools in any fire safety plan. They’re often the first line of defense against fires – and their usage can prevent certain fires from becoming catastrophic – saving both lives and assets.

However, many people make the mistake of depending on the same old fire extinguishers they’ve had for a few years. They think that because they haven’t had to use them that they should be full and ready to go whenever needed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Fire extinguishers need to be charged to operate correctly. Here are some ways you can stay ahead of this issue and make sure that your fire extinguishers will be ready when called upon.

Was your extinguisher recently used?

If the answer is ‘yes’ – then it’s time to get it recharged. If the answer is ‘no, it hasn’t been used in years’ – then you need to get it charged. Over time an extinguisher can leak pressure – so little you’d never notice it. And when it leaks air pressure, it also leaks chemicals from within the extinguisher. That’s bad if you need to fight a fire – it’s doubly bad if you lack both the chemicals and the air pressure to fight the fire.

Take the time to read this blog through, then call someone and get it inspected. Oh, and speaking of inspections…

Get your extinguishers inspected regularly

You should get your extinguishers inspected every year. Get a fire safety pro to come through, inspect them -and make sure everything is working as it should be. Fire extinguishers are incredibly durable, but it’s essential to be prepared in the rare event that they’re not. Professionals will also notice things you wouldn’t think or know how to look for. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Be on the lookout for problems

Things like low-pressure readings signify that you might need to get your extinguisher recharged. This would also apply if you can’t read operating instructions or notice that certain seals have been broken. Also – if your extinguisher has been tampered with in any way – It should immediately be replaced.

Beware of pressure gage issues

Anytime you notice little to no change in a pressure gauge over the span of a few months, you could potentially have an issue. Your unit could be overcharged or undercharged – and you’ll need to make sure that your extinguisher is within safe operational parameters.

If you have any questions about this or any other fire protection topic, don’t hesitate to contact Protegis Fire & Safety.

 

 

Fire Alarm Communication – Why Eliminate POTS Lines?

Eliminate POTS Lines…Why?

Signal Transmission – Newer technology provides faster, safer, and more reliable connectivity to send signals from your premises.

 

Prone to Damage – In the event of a storm or accident, phone lines are prone to damage and might not be replaced.

 

Phasing Out Lines – Old phone lines & networks are expensive for phone companies to fix/maintain & are being phased out.

 

Costs Increasing – Since the POTS landlines supply is low, costs are getting increasingly higher all the time.

 

 

Cellular Communicators provide more reliable communication from the fire panel to the Monitoring Station. Explore your options today.

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Suppress Risk Achieve Business Continuity

EXPLORE OUR SUPPRESSION OPTIONS

 

Fire Extinguishers – Classes A, B, C, D & K Available

Your first line of defense when a fire occurs. Best for small fires & required in every business.

 

CO2 – Class A, B & C Hazards

Lowers oxygen levels to prevent fire from growing. Best in areas with no personnel.

 

Foam – Low, Medium & High Expansion

Used for large areas & contains the fire quickly. Separates oxygen & creates a vapor barrier.

 

Clean Agent – Class A, B & C Fires

Removes heat or free radicals, which helps extinguish fires. Safe to use in occupied areas.

 

Aerosol – Class A, B & C Fires

Releases large microparticles which surround the flame, cool it & absorb heat to suppress the fire.

 

We want to ensure you get the suppression system that will work best for you. Let us keep you safe. Contact us today. 800.875.7200

 

Types of Sprinkler Piping

 

Sprinkler Head in Facility

When considering what type of pipe to use in a sprinkler system, it is important to weigh the benefits versus the drawbacks. Let’s take a closer look.

STEEL

Benefits

  • Cost-effective
  • Durable 
  • Fire Resistant
  • Rigidity (can be spaced further apart)

Drawbacks

  • Heavy
  • Susceptible to Pitting and Corrosion

COPPER AND COPPER ALLOYS

Benefits

  • More Corrosion-Resistant
  • Stays Smoother Internally

Drawback 

  • More Expensive

NONMETALLIC PIPING

Benefits

  • Flexible
  • Highest Corrosion Resistance and is
  • Smoother than most metals.

Drawbacks

  • Not as Durable
  • Not as Fire-Resistant

We hope this gives you a better idea of your piping choices.

If you would like more information on this or any other life safety topic, please let us know.