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The Right Fire Alarm System Can Save Your Property – and Lives

  • 05/01/2017

Is your business protected should a fire break out? The right fire alarm system will protect not only your business, but your property, employees and customers as well. The structure of many buildings in New York City and Long Island make them particularly dangerous when fire occurs; when you’re on the 37th floor of a skyscraper, you want to know as quickly as possible if fire erupts – and the sooner you know, the better the odds of everyone getting out safely. How a commercial fire alarm system works Fire alarm systems designed for business and commercial use typically offer a central control panel. This panel connects to heat detectors and smoke alarms and often horns and/or sirens that activate when a fire triggers the alarm. Many of these systems offer a sprinkler water flow alarm, smoke detection and automation so that a potential fire is detected within seconds by devices that detect the rate-of-rise of temperatures. With a quality system, you can be assured that the fire department is alerted in those first crucial few seconds that can ultimately make the difference between life and death. Without a fire alarm system, you could face devastation Not only is your business and property at risk, consider all of the documents and files you may have on the property. Many businesses have a massive amount of inventory, which will also be in danger should a fire spread throughout the premises. Whether you are a small business owner with only a few employees, or a commercial or industrial business employing hundreds or even thousands, it is important that you protect the lives of those who provide your livelihood. When a working fire alarm system is installed and in working order, the odds of surviving increase by 50%. This is why it is vital that you have a system you can depend on should the unexpected happen. When fire breaks out, the first five minutes are crucial; don’t let your business and those inside become injured or lose their lives because you either didn’t have a fire alarm system, or had one that was not operational. Sure, purchasing a system will cost you money – but the investment far outweighs the risks you put yourself, your business and those who may patronize your business at without protection. Choose a reputable company that offers exceptional products and service, one that is dedicated to providing businesses with the ultimate in security and peace of mind. Protecting your assets is simply smart business.

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A Fire Alarm is an Essential Investment For Businesses Big and Small

  • 21/06/2017

Having a reliable fire alarm installed in your business is essential to the safety of your property and your employees, particularly for those businesses in the New York City and Long Island areas where high-rise buildings and skyscrapers increase the risks should fire break out. Are all alarm systems alike, and how do you choose which one is right for your needs? The size and scope of your business is a determining factor Your business may consist of 4 or 5 individuals, or you may have hundreds of employees who work in an industrial setting. Naturally, a small office will not need as elaborate an alarm as a large production or shipping facility or a warehouse. It is essential that you have the right size system for your needs, and that there are sufficient units throughout the building to detect a fire in its early stages. In the massive buildings often found in the NYC area, being aware of a fire from the first few seconds is essential to saving lives. Should you choose a monitored fire alarm? To ensure that quick action is taken should a fire break out, it is important that you choose a monitored fire alarm for your business. In doing so, the company you purchased the system from will be alerted right away; in turn, they will notify the fire department immediately, so that help is dispatched in a quick, efficient manner. Some alarms notify the fire department directly, so that no time is wasted that could result in property damage or injuries. Types of fire alarms to consider There are numerous options today when it comes to choosing the right fire alarm, from conventional to analogue addressable systems. A conventional alarm may be sufficient for those businesses operating in a small office, and they are typically less costly. Larger buildings or those with numerous sections may prefer an analogue model which is capable of detecting the exact location of the fire, heat levels in various areas of the building and even smoke. An automatic fire alarm can detect a fire within those first crucial seconds using rate-of-rise or fixed temperature devices; many alarms also include smoke detection, a sprinkler water flow alarm, and industrial building supervision which monitors functions such as temperature increase or decrease, boiler failure and more. As a business owner you want to do everything possible to ensure the safety of your business, property and staff. A fire alarm is one of the smartest investments you can make in your business, whether small or large. Author resource box: ASM Integrators offers unparalleled security products and services for businesses of all sizes throughout the NYC and Long Island areas, including the ideal fire alarm for your needs.

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Should Fire Alarm Engineering Matter to Business Owners?

  • 10/10/2017

Fire alarm engineering is an important aspect of any system designed to protect your business property, employees and other assets in case of fire. Most NYC and Long Island business owners know that they want a dependable, quality system. Other than that, most business owners know very little about the system being used to safeguard their business. It makes no difference whether you run an executive office, small retail shop or expansive production or manufacturing plant – engineering is crucial as to how well your system works to protect your livelihood, and human life. Why is fire alarm engineering so important? This aspect of a fire alarm system is important in any setting, but particularly in New York City where skyscrapers and high-rise buildings dominate the landscape. The design an engineer lays out is all-important is regards to the level of protection provided for your unique needs. Business owners have many things to worry about; how the alarm system is designed is not usually of any consequence. You may assume that there are smoke detectors, strobes and perhaps a sprinkler system, but other than that you have no clue. In fire alarm engineering, the engineer plays a key role in designing a system that offers the ultimate protection for your company, based on the size and structure of your business, number of employees and other factors. An engineer can incorporate his understanding and knowledge of various systems and how they relate to protection, control, detection, alarms and extinguishment. Many factors are taken into consideration when designing a system for a particular business, such as construction materials used in the building, how resistant the structure is to fire, interior finish, number of exits, occupant loads and more. The engineer can then analyse risks and hazards and lay out a system that offers your property the greatest level of security in case of fire. Once the design is in place, technicians can lay out the system in accordance with the specifics laid out by the engineer. In a nutshell, the engineer should be capable of providing an integrated solution that works for the unique needs of the customer. Now you understand the basics of fire alarm engineering, and its importance to the safety and welfare of your property, patrons, inventory, employees and other assets. Should you have your system reviewed to ensure that it is up to standard and offers the ultimate in protection?

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Why are Regular Fire Alarm Repair and Maintenance So Important?

  • 27/10/2017

If you’ve got a business, you need to protect yourself, your employees, and your business contents and premises from the threat of fire. It’s also notable to remember that if you live in Long Island or New York City, space is at a premium and you are likely in very close proximity to your neighbors. If you don’t have a good, operational fire alarm system installed, you’re not just risking your own a livelihood or life; you’re also risking those of your neighbors’. It isn’t enough just to get a good fire alarm system installed, though. You also need regular fire alarm repair and maintenance, in order to make sure your system is operational and up to date, with no problems that prevent its correct operation. The contractor or dealer who installs your system for you should make sure that all current codes are met; regular inspections will also ensure that the system remains operational and up to date. Should codes change, your contractor will also be able to recommend whether or not repair will be adequate to meet those codes, or if replacement as necessary. And of course, if your system ever becomes unusable, it will be repaired or replaced as a matter of course. Hiring a good contractor to ensure regular fire alarm inspection, as well as repair or replacement, is not just good business. It’s the law for New York City and Long Island. You need to make sure that the contractor who undertakes your fire alarm repair and maintenance is reputable. When you first get ready to install your system, the fire marshal or other applicable official will visit your premises and tell you what you need to have. Then, it’s up to you to hire a reputable dealer to do the installation, as well as fire alarm repair and maintenance. The dealer you work with should be certified by the National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technologies (NICET), and should be licensed to assess your site for its needs, as well as to wire, install, and monitor the system. Repair, or replacement? Regular repair and maintenance is also important after the initial installation. A reputable dealer with the above qualifications will be able to do that for you. While it may be cost effective most of the time to do fire alarm repair rather than replacement, there are also times when your dealer may advise you to replace instead. This is necessary if there are code changes, for example, that make repair impossible or prohibitively expensive as compared to replacement. ASM Integrators is a leading NYC and Long Island full staff integrator, providing security products/services to keep your business, property and employees safe. Learn more about fire alarm service and other aspects of fire systems and protection by visiting our website.

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Is Your Business Fire Alarm Service All Encompassing?

  • 01/11/2017

New York City and Long Island businesses small and large should consider whether their fire alarm service is thorough and all encompassing. In these areas, enormous buildings (high-rise, skyscrapers) can become death traps in the event of a fire, particularly if your system isn’t functioning properly. It is every business owner’s desire to keep their property, patrons and employees safe and secure. Here’s what you need to know. Fire alarm service is much more than the system itself Naturally, you want a system that is efficient and designed to meet your unique needs. Your business may be in a corporate office setting, or you may run a retail shop. Maybe you are the CEO of a large manufacturing firm, and the setting is an industrial building or warehouse that spreads over many acres. The type of system you choose is important, and the merchant you buy from should staff experts who help determine the best solution for your needs. Other than the equipment, what else should you consider? Monitoring, installation, engineering, inspection, and design are all crucial aspects of any fire alarm service. Just like with any other equipment or machinery, things can go wrong – a sprinkler system malfunctions, batteries go dead, strobes or bells cease to work. What would happen if a fire were to break out, and your alarm failed to work properly? Your business, inventory and other assets – as well as lives – could be lost. It’s something you don’t want to think about, but security is necessary in today’s business world. The design and engineering of your system is crucial; your business should be evaluated for unique hazards or risks that exist, so that your system can be designed in a way that is most effective for keeping your property and employees safe. When it comes to commercial fire alarms, there is not a “one size fits all” solution. Constant monitoring and frequent inspection are also essential for safeguarding your business. Monitoring offers peace of mind; your business is being protected around the clock, 365 days per year, 24/7. Should a fire break out when your property is vacated, the fire department and other authorities are notified in a split second. Thorough inspection of all components ensure that your system is properly functioning, and will work should the unthinkable happen. Do you feel confident with your fire alarm service? If you cannot count on your system to work at any given moment in time, your very livelihood and the lives of those who enter your business may be at risk. Depend on professionals who specialize in security for businesses, and who take an all encompassing approach to safeguarding property and lives.

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