Annual Inspections by the fire department are performed to assess and mitigate potential fire- and life-safety hazards in buildings.
Most fire departments provide you with a written report of any corrections that are necessary. These inspections vary in type and frequency, depending on the jurisdiction, city, and state. How the fire inspectors perform these inspections also varies dramatically from area to area.
While many people look at the fire and life safety inspection process negatively, these inspections benefit the building/business owners, as well as those who use the building, by offering:
A safer working/living environment for employees/residents.
Business and job security. Up to 80 percent of all small businesses that experience a large fire never reopen; this not only affects the building/business owner, but also results in the loss of jobs. Of the businesses that do reopen, mainly lose much of their customer base due to prolonged absence of production or service.
A better-maintained building for improved resale value. It is commonplace for buyers to hire a company to inspect the building prior to purchase to identify potential hidden costs related to fire and life safety.
A possible reduction in insurance premiums. Some items may be required by both the fire department and your insurance carrier, such as annual fire-sprinkler and fire-alarm inspections verifying proper system maintenance. Many insurance carriers give businesses premium reductions for properly installed and maintained fire-protection systems.
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Does the Fire Extinguisher Service Company you are Trusting With your Fire Safety needs hold a Valid Illinois State License??
Who needs to be licensed?
The Company and its service technicians need to be licensed. Besides any high quality service company would keep their state license up to date.
TITLE 41: FIRE PROTECTION (click to read in full)
CHAPTER I: OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL
PART 280 FIRE EQUIPMENT ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
SECTION 280.10 DEFINITIONS
"Fire Equipment Distributor". Any person, company or corporation that services, recharges, hydro-tests, inspects, installs, maintains, alters, repairs or replaces fire suppression devices or systems, other than water sprinklers. The term does not include a person, company or corporation that only hydro-tests cylinders that store extinguishment materials.
**You can easily check here at this link to be sure you are choosing a valid Company in Illinois
Fire Safety Tips To Think About
Fire is more sly and less discriminating than a thief. It can travel (spread) through very small openings and concealed spaces to reach other parts of a building, deprive occupants of a life supporting environment, and cause partial to total destruction of property.
Some have an attitude in this country that "fire won’t happen to me," that "it is someone else’s problem." Americans also place a lot of blind faith in their local fire department to save them and their property from any fire that may occur, and believe insurance will cover the rest. Reality is very different.
Planning now will determine how quickly your company can get back to business after a fire. Did you know that around 80,000 serious workplace fires occur every year in the United States? Your location, industry, and facility size can greatly affect your choice of fire protection equipment, so find out exactly what you need before you invest.
How do you find out? First, call your local fire department and schedule an appointment for the Fire Inspector to visit your business and they will tell you exactly what type of fire protection equipment you need. Next, call EFR Fire & Safety with your Fire Inspection report in hand and we will deliver your equipment directly to your business.
Fire Safety Training
EFR FIRE & SAFETY PROVIDES TRAINING FOR COMPANIES AND EMPLOYEES
More important than the preservation of property and machines, is safeguarding the lives of staff and visitors. Life safety must always come first. Management must ensure that employees know what to do in the event of a fire.
Instruct employees on how to turn in an alarm (phone, manual pull station, etc.). This is the first action that should be taken upon discovery of a fire. If the alarm is not sounded first, the lives of co-workers and visitors are needlessly endangered.
DO FIRE EXTINGUISHERS EVER EXPIRE?
Yes, Fire extinguishers expire. Over time, the seal on the neck will weaken and allow compressed gas to escape. Extinguishers that have lost much of their pressure will not operate.
Summer is Right Around The Corner bE pREPARED
HOORAY! Soon we will be enjoying the warm weather again in Illinois. Seriously, no one gets excited about checking their fire extinguishers. In all reality we are more excited about firing up the grill, getting our summer cottages open, airing out the RV, launching the boat, tuning up the lawn mower, lighting up the bonfires or finally getting out our favorite outdoor gear.
Fire safety may not be the first thing on our minds, but I hope this blog post helps you remember to include it in your plans of summer fun preparation. If checking your fire extinguishers and smoke alarms is not something you regularly do and you own a Kidde fire extinguisher, the first thing you need to do is check this RECALL LIST and be sure to get a new unit. More than 4.6 Million Kidde fire extinguishers were recalled in 2015. You may have one and didn't even know about it. These Fire Extinguishers fail to discharge and that is dangerous. If you would like an industrial grade fire extinguisher that is capable of covering a larger fire, more likely to put out the fire endangering your family and any valuable property the Industrial Grade Fire Extinguishers we carry are ideal. The Kidde home extinguishers are not refillable, but ours are made to be recharged rather than disposed of after one use, contact EFR Fire & Safety and we can help you determine which extinguisher will fit your needs. The following is a basic inspection that you can do yourself, but if you feel more confident with a licensed fire extinguisher technician inspecting your fire extinguishers, we welcome you to bring it into our shop once a year and we can do a full inspection for you. Simply call or fill out a request for service form.
Be Prepared by taking the time to learn how to use your fire extinguisher and also teach your family.
Checklist for Home Fire Extinguisher Monthly
1. Ensure accessibility. Make sure the extinguisher is in its proper spot, visible and easy to access.
2. Inspect the seals. Look over the tamper and safety seals to make sure they are intact.
3. Check the pressure. If your fire extinguisher has a pressure gauge, be sure that the gauge’s needle indicates proper pressure. If the fire extinguisher has a test indicator, press it to make sure the pressure reading is within the correct range.
4. Look for damage. Visible signs of damage, such as corrosion, leakage or a clogged nozzle, may mean it’s time to replace the extinguisher.
The 10# ABC Industrial Grade Fire Extinguisher
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UL Rating 4A-80B:C
ABC Dry Chemical ABC Dry Chemical is a multipurpose extinguishing agent that is suitable for use on Class A, Class B and Class C fires.
Typical Uses: For public areas such as offices, classrooms, churches, parking garages, and hotel/motel assembly halls and guest areas. For businesses such as retail stores, light manufacturing facilities, research facilities, auto dealerships, vehicle/ aircraft/marine service centers, and manufacturing processes such as painting, dipping, and coating. Not recommended for use on sensitive electronic equipment or aircraft structure.
DON'T FORGET YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHER COVERS, CABINETS & HERE SIGNS...
Safety Tips & Reminders For Your Business
Requirements for Exits, According to OSHA
You can usually find fire extinguishers in hallways, laundry rooms, meeting rooms, kitchens, mechanical/electrical rooms, and near exit doors. Keep the area around your fire extinguishers clear.
To prevent fire extinguishers from being moved or damaged, they should be mounted on brackets or in wall cabinets with the carrying handle placed 3-1/2 to 5 feet above the floor. Larger fire extinguishers need to be mounted at lower heights with the carrying handle about 3 feet from the floor.
Why should you purchase an Industrial Grade Fire Extinguisher?
Industrial Grade Fire Extinguishers can always be refilled after use. Fire extinguishers that you can purchase at local stores are made for one time use and are not made to be refilled. Local Fire Codes require businesses to purchase industrial grade fire extinguishers. If you are a business owner and you have store bought fire extinguishers in your place of business, you will not pass your fire inspection.
How can you tell the difference?
You will notice a plastic valve on the store bought fire extinguishers, verses a metal valve on an industrial grade fire extinguisher. You can purchase a rechargeable/refillable fire extinguisher for about $20 more. Our company, EFR FIRE & SAFETY, located in Mokena, Illinois has many different types of fire extinguishers to choose from and you can pick up your fire extinguisher by appointment or we will deliver it to you.
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
Fire extinguishers must be maintained annually in accordance with local, state, and national codes and regulations. This is a thorough examination of the fire extinguisher's mechanical parts, fire extinguishing agent, and the expellent gas.
EFR Fire & Safety Technicians are ready to perform the annual maintenance because they have the appropriate servicing manuals, tools, recharge materials, parts, lubricants, and the necessary training and experience.
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