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How To Winterize Your Fire Sprinkler System

sprinklerDespite being so far north, Seattle experiences relatively mild winters. Temperatures rarely drop below 46°F. When it comes to winter troubles, 40°F is the unlucky number, as are all temperatures below this. Subsequently, many business owners may follow just basic steps to winterize their sprinkler system.

However, chaos may ensue in situations where temperatures unexpectedly drop below 40°F. Here are some of the steps proactive business owners follow to protect their fire sprinklers from the winter cold.

Identify the System

There are some winterizing tasks that cover all types of systems. However, there are others that are system-specific. As a result, you will need to find out if you have a dry, wet, or antifreeze system. You may also need to identify special components of your system, such as storage tank heaters. If you don’t know how to identify the system type or do not know how to locate all necessary components, consider working with professionals to ensure you cover all your bases.

Check the System

Winterizing your system mostly involves a series of checks. You then make adjustments if you notice any problems. Again, this depends on the type of system you have. However, here are some things you should do regardless of the type:

  • Identify any potential leaks.
  • Inspect the pipe insulation to ensure it does not look worn or feel damp.
  • Ensure that the ball drips on the fire department connection work properly.
  • Verify that the FDC connection is not flooded.
  • Determine whether or not you need additional insulation in attic spaces if you have one.
  • Inspect water storage tank heaters if your system includes any.

Waiting until the last minute to winterize your system can cost you time and money. Water damage and pipe replacements can be costly and may force you to suspend business operations during that time. Get a head start on your fall inspection and schedule winter checks today. Contact Fire Protection, Inc. by calling 425-954-7958 or sending us an email today!

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How to Avoid False Fire Alarms

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Safety is always a priority when it comes to a business. To protect your customers, staff, and assets, you need adequate fire protection. Unfortunately, when you have a fire alarm system, if your fire alarm goes off falsely, you could wind up with fees or fines as a result. The majority of fire alarms are false. When choosing a fire alarm system, it is important to look at alarm companies who have false alarm protocols. These are procedures that ensure the validity of a threat. How Fire Alarm Systems Address Validity When your fire alarm goes off, the National Fire Protection Association requires that the department be notified as soon as it receives the fire alarm signal. In order to ensure that there is not a false alarm, the monitoring center will then call the phone number for the business. This is where you can give the person a passcode and...
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3 Ways To Improve Fire Safety at Work

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Fires are one of the most dangerous and expensive disasters a business may have to deal with. From loss of property to loss of life, the toll can add up. If the business did not perform proper backups, consumer information and company files may also be lost. For these and other reasons, businesses must invest in fire safety in the workplace, but how? Here are some tips to get you started. 1. Get a Fire Alarm System Don’t get just any fire alarm system. Get a system that comes highly recommended and is high-tech enough to tell you where the fire is coming from. Some fire alarm systems can tell you exactly what floor or even which room of the building is affected. This can help you or firefighters locate the fire quickly and put it out before it spreads. 2. Regularly Service Fire Extinguishers You need to service fire extinguishers...
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4 Reasons to Replace Your Fire Alarm System

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As a commercial property manager, the safety of those who use the building is your primary concern. A cornerstone of this mission is the existence of an effective fire protection system, including an alarm. If your fire alarm system is beginning to show its age with any of these four signs, you might want to consider installing a replacement alarm system. Frequent Repairs   If the fire marshal repeatedly notices issues that require repair during inspections, you might benefit from a replacement. It is likely safer and less expensive to replace the system rather than attempting to fix it again and again. This is especially true if you struggle to find the required parts to repair your older fire alarm system.   Advancing Age   Most fire alarm systems are designed to last for about 15 years. If your building's system is approaching that milestone, you should begin budgeting for a...
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9 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Video Surveillance System Today

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Running a business is no easy task, with so many concerns and considerations to stay on top of on a day to day basis. When you already have a lot going on, it may seem like adding a new element to your business is the last thing you want to do. The great thing about adding a video surveillance system to your business is the many ways it actually makes things easier and your company safer and more productive. 9 Reasons to Install a Video Surveillance System for Your Busines Video surveillance helps to deter potential theft because employees and others in the building know their actions are being monitored. In the event that a theft does occur, a video surveillance system provides evidence to pursue those who carried out the crime. Keeping an eye on your workforce is easy when you have security cameras installed in work spaces. Remote access...
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Why Your Commercial Building Should Invest in a Security Alarm System

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Does your commercial building have a security alarm? If not, not only are you putting your goods, services and overall business at risk, but employees and customers may be at risk as well. Should there be a robbery that could have been thwarted by properly securing the premises, you may be found liable. Here are just some of the many additional reasons it’s time to invest in a good security alarm system.   Remote Access Monitoring   One of the best features of security alarm systems is being able to access the feed offsite. This allows you to permit or deny access, while checking up on how things are going while you’re a continent away on a business trip or vacation.   Reduces the Need for Guards   Having guards on the premises to step in during conflict or emergencies is essential to on-site safety. However, employing guards right around the...
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What Is Access Control and Why Is It Important?

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If you own or manage commercial property, you have likely considered adding access control to your security portfolio before. However, you may have some questions about what access control is and how it benefits your business. Read on to learn more.   What Is Access Control? Access control is a security feature that regulates the flow of traffic into, and sometimes out of, an area. Some companies also incorporate access control into their computing software to regulate who has access to different types of information based on their credentials.   Access is usually controlled by an automated system that recognizes specific data, such as access cards, access codes, or even biometrics. However, many companies also provide some level of control to security personnel who can override the system and permit or deny access based on unique conditions they are trained to recognize. Why Is It Important? Access control is important because...
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Why Your Business Can’t Afford NOT to Have Around the Clock Monitoring

 The safety of your property and employees should be your top priority. No matter what hours your business is open, it’s nearly impossible to keep it secure and protected from the inside. Luckily, around the clock monitoring, protection, and security services take this burden off you, and handle it effectively and affordably.

Access Control

Without an access control system at your business’ point of entry, you leave yourself vulnerable to dangerous intruders. The first and most effective line of defense is a security system at the door. Fortunately, these systems are easy to use and state of the art technology makes them reliable and efficient, whether it’s a simple door code, or a card or badge-based system.

Fire Alarms

It’s every business owner’s worst nightmare: out of nowhere, your building catches fire after hours with no one to stop it, and within minutes, the property is a total loss. If you have functioning fire alarms, you can rest easy knowing that you’re covered. A fire protection service will customize alarms based on the layout of your premises, ensure proper wiring, installation, and certification, trigger a sprinkler system and alert the authorities.

Video Surveillance

Thanks to advancements in technology, it’s now easier than ever to have a great system of digital cameras and closed-circuit TVs to monitor and record activity at your premises around the clock. There’s no better way to know what’s really going on than to see it with your own eyes.

Monitoring

Fire and security devices are only as good as the systems and people monitoring them. It’s critical to work with a company that has a sterling reputation, as their monitors are the ones who will alert the police or fire departments when they detect an emergency.

Around the clock monitoring combined with security and fire protection services could be the most important investment you make to protect your business and employees! Call the professionals at Fire Protection, Inc. at 425-697-9850 to find out how to get started.

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