Why are Regular Fire Alarm Repair and Maintenance So Important?
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.
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