Why Worry About Keeping Fire Protection Systems Up to Date?

Fire Protection SystemsEvery day is busy for a growing business, whether it’s a business in St. Louis or any other across the country. So, taking the time to have maintenance completed on a fire protection system doesn’t normally land at the top of a great big list of things needing to get done, and more often than not, business owners overlook it. It’s vitally important for your business, however, to keep your fire protection system up to date.

Why Is It Important?
Ensuring your fire protection and monitoring systems are working properly isn’t something that only needs to be done every few years; you should be checking it on an annual basis. Even though it’s relatively easy to get accomplished, it can be a hard task to remember because it doesn’t directly affect your day-to-day business. You’ve put a lot of time and money into keeping your business running and growing, so ask yourself what you would do in the following situations:

  • A fire breaks out in your building and your fire protection system fails.
  • A fire destroys all your irreplaceable documents and expensive equipment.
  • A fire causes a significant halt in your company’s productivity. 

There’s a lot on the line when it comes to fire safety. It’s worth the time to make sure everything is working properly.

The largest death tolls caused by fires take place in nightclubs, motels and factories

that are not adequately equipped with fire sprinkler systems.

Real Events

Macy’s store in NYC covers over one million square feet of retail space. On October 25, 2013, a fire broke out in the basement causing smoke to billow up into the upper floors. More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene, but the NYC Fire Department spokesperson stated it was the store’s sprinklers that actually saved the store. The sprinkler system stopped the fire from spreading.

Fire protection isn’t just for commercial safety. Also this year, the home of legendary singer/songwriter, Babyface, caught fire. It was reported that the fire started in one of his mansion’s bathrooms, but was quickly extinguished by fire sprinkler systems. California, where Babyface resides, is fortunately very strict about their fire protection safety regulations. 

Annual Maintenance
Do you know how long it’s been since your fire protection system was installed? Many business owners buy buildings without knowing that fact. Are you sure your fire protection system is up to date? Have you ever had your fire sprinkler system inspected to be sure it works? You should have proper maintenance done on your systems once a year for the protection of your employees and business. A full maintenance includes maintenance support for the following:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire alarms
  • Fire suppression systems
  • Commercial kitchen fire suppression systems 

If you need an inspection to be sure your fire protection system is up to date,

contact AIE to set up an inspection as soon as possible.