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One of the biggest Christmas gifts this season could also be one of the most dangerous. It’s the coveted Hoverboard. While it’s cool to be cruising around town in style it’s not cool to have your Hoverboard catch fire while using it. If you insist on getting a Hoverboard this holiday season there are a few things you should know:
- Please take the time to look at and research the product you buy. If it is compliant with federal standards, inspections, and certifications, it will have a mark on it or indicate such on its packaging, on the device itself, or on its charging equipment. Devices not bearing a mark indicating compliance likely have not been tested to meet minimum safety standards.
- After you have use your Hoverboard please give the device time to cool off prior to charging.
- When charging the battery please make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions.
- When riding your Hoverboard please wear safety gear.
- If the Hoverboard seems to be acting “funny” while you are riding it please turn it off right away.
- Overheating – if you notice the device is very hot, stop using it and check with your manufacturer or retailer. This could suggest a faulty battery that needs replacing.
- Make sure your Hoverboard is powered down at night and anytime you are not using it.
Here is a great video warning you of some of the dangers of Hoverbords from The More You Know: Channel 2 on You Tube.
We also always suggest that you check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission for any questions or safety concerns on products.
Thinking of frying your Thanksgiving Turkey this year? If so check out the Turkey Fryer Safety information from the National Fire Protection Agency before you fry yours!
Functioning Exit Signs and Emergency Lights are vital parts of any building’s safety program. These life-saving pieces of equipment ensure that occupants are able to safely locate points of egress in case of power failure.
Similar to extinguishers, there are fire and life safety codes governing the inspection and maintenance of exit signs and emergency lights.
Many jurisdictions require that emergency lighting systems:
• Are functionally tested monthly for not less than 30 seconds
• Are functionally tested annually for not less than 90 minutes
• Are fully operational for the duration of tests
• Have written records of visual inspections and tests
• Monthly tests and inspections
• Annual tests and inspections
• Written records of inspection
Our technicians are trained to inspect, test, and maintain all of the exit sign and emergency lights in your facility. They can also provide you with the written records you need.
We also carry:
• Replacement Bulbs
• Replacement Batteries
• Other Replacement Parts
• New Exit Signs and Emergency Lights
Ask us for an Exit Sign and Emergency Light Consultation Today!
NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, was recently updated.
The newly released 2014 edition has a requirement that impacts old dry chemical systems. Effective January 1, 2014, all automatic fire extinguishing systems for the protection of commercial cooking equipment are required to meet ANSI/UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for the Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment (2005, revised 2010), or an equivalent standard. This means that existing pre-engineered dry chemical systems protecting this hazard will need to be removed and replaced.
Pre-engineered wet chemical fire suppression systems that are listed to UL 300 are the most common means for protecting commercial cooking equipment, because they are effective, reliable, and economical. They are also the only pre-engineered systems that meet the stringent listing criteria of this Underwriters Laboratories fire test standard. For these reasons, any restaurant looking to replace an existing dry chemical system will most likely request the installation of a UL 300 wet chemical system.
The reference for this deadline is NFPA 96, 2014 edition, paragraph 10.2.3.2. NFPA issued the updated standard on August 1, 2013, with an effective date of August 21, 2013.
For more information call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!
With this being national lightening safety week I thought you might want a few tips on how to prepare your business for a weather emergency.
Here are some tips we recommend:
Make sure you have an updated disaster plan:
Much like having an emergency plan for the home to protect your family, your business should also have an updated plan of action in case of an emergency. This includes having a designated employee evacuation plan as well as good two-way communication during and after a disaster. A good tip is to set up a telephone calling tree or call-in voice recording so you can stay in touch with employees during and after the disaster.
Make sure you have proper data storage solutions:
Where is your sensitive business data stored? Does it live on a hard drive or server and is potentially susceptible to wind, water or fire damage during a storm? A solution for keeping your data safe is by storing it in the cloud. Cloud computing has come a long way, and will insure your data is safe from any malicious weather Mother Nature doles out. Another good idea is to have multiple back-ups. If there’s an off chance one data location is damaged, you’ll have another copy elsewhere that can be restored. At the very least, keep all sensitive data and important records in a fire/water-proof storage container.
Make sure you have an proper emergency kit:
Many businesses realize that they should have a readily available emergency kit, but often overlook the survival basics: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. As a business owner, you should not only prepare an emergency kit for the office, but also encourage each employee to create their own kit customized to meet their individual needs. For example, an employee may be diabetic, so he or she should have an emergency kit with the proper medication. Here are a few items that should be in every emergency kit:
- Weather Radio – preferably one that operates via hand crank
- Extra Batteries
- Water – if possible, one gallon per person per day
- Food – minimum of a three-day supply
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle – great for signaling for help
If you are not sure that your business is properly prepared for a weather emergency talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl
Do you have the right type of fire extinguisher for your computer and electronic equipment?
- Halotron Fire Extinguishers are designed for use in computer rooms, telecommunications facilities, clean rooms, data storage areas, offices, boats and vehicles.
- The stored pressure in the Halotron Fire Extinguisher is discharged as a rapidly evaporating liquid which leaves no residue and won’t damage your equipment.
- Halotron Fire Extinguishers are EPA approved Clean Agent HCFC for Class A, B, and C hazards, that has a low GWP (Global Warming Potential), low ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential), and a low atmospheric lifetime.
If you are not sure if you have the proper fire extinguisher call American Fire and Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl
One of the biggest complaints we hear from business owners is false alarms. Most cities will fine your business if they have too many false alarms, which is an unnecessary cost for your business.
Here are some tips to help reduce the number of false alarms your business has:
1) Train all employees on how to use your alarm system correctly.
2) Hold regularly scheduled trainings for your employees to ensure that your employees are aware of any changes to your alarm system. For example: A change in your alarm pass code.
3) Move hanging objects away from motion detectors and sensors.
4) Make sure all doors and windows are locked/secure before arming your system.
5) Be aware of holiday related false alarms due to untrained seasonal or temporary help.
6) Carelessness due to long hours or office parties.
7) Inform your alarm company of any change in pass codes and of new or unauthorized users.
8) Service and maintain your alarm system regularly before a false alarm occurs. I recommend that your have your alarm company test your system annually to help prevent false alarms.
If there is a question as to weather or not your security system is working properly contact your alarm monitoring company immediately and have them check the status of your alarm system and devices. Also, be sure to upgrade your alarm panel every seven to ten years to make sure your business has the best alarm system possible.
If you have a question about any of the above listed tips please contact your alarm monitoring company or American Fire and Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl
We have received a question from Amber P. of Lebanon, OH:
How often should my company change their alarm code?
Normally if a business is asking that question it is because they are not sure how long it has been since the alarm codes and security passwords have been changed. Businesses often overlook this major component with their security.
However, the answer is simple. Every time an alarm code or security password holder is no longer employed with your business you should do the following four things:
1. Call your alarm company and your local police department and have their name taken off of any contact list.
2. Have your alarm company take that persons code out of your alarm system. Even if you trust your former employee, you never know who else they gave their code to.
3. Never reassign an alarm code number or security password to another employee. Always start fresh.
4. Have your alarm company password changed immediately as well. That away if the said employee or one of their friends breaks into your business your alarm company will know immediately that they do not belong there and dispatch the police right away.
If you have not had a change in staff I still recommend that you have your alarm codes and security passwords be changed every six months or so for security reasons. This ensures that the alarm codes and security passwords have not wound up in the wrong hands. Plus if your service companies have your alarm codes and security passwords for off hour deliveries and they have gone through employee changes this will help control the number of people that have the current passwords and codes for your business.
If your not sure how long it has been since your alarm code or security password has been changed contact your alarm company or you can contact American Fire and Security at 877-237-8918.
Hope this helps and Stay Safe Amber!!
The Security Girl