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Are Fire Extinguisher Covers Are Required?

It is not very well known, but fire extinguishers that have the potential to be exposed to damage from environmental conditions are required to be installed with protective covers. Not only is it common sense, there is a provision in NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers that mandates them.

Per NFPA 6.1.3.7 Fire extinguishers installed under conditions where they are subject to physical damage (e.g., from impact, vibration, the environment) shall be protected against damage.
(NFPA 10, 2013 Edition)

Almost every extinguisher that is outdoors needs an extinguisher cover to protect it from the elements. This includes extinguishers hung on the outsides of buildings, extinguishers at fueling racks, and extinguishers mounted on the outside of vehicles, such as fuel and trash trucks. Other applications include wheeled extinguishers that are outside at industrial facilities. American Fire & Security  not only offers extinguisher covers for wheeled units, but we also have extinguisher covers for most hand extinguishers, including cartridge operated extinguishers that are frequently employed for vehicles and installed in industrial plants.

Our technicians will take a close look at extinguisher covers during annual maintenance of extinguishers. When you remove the extinguisher cover, examine the condition of the material, the hook and loop closure or elastic-back, and the window, where provided. Some extinguisher covers also have pull bottom tabs and straps that must be examined for wear. If any of these items are appear significantly worn or damaged, it is time for a new extinguisher cover.

If  you have any questions about if your facility should have fire extinguisher covers please feel free to reach out to me at (937) 262-7937 or info@AFS911.com

Fire Extinguisher Cover

Tips For Choosing The Right Hidden Camera

Once you have decided to install a hidden camera at your home, business or warehouse, it’s important to choose one with the right features and capabilities for your specific application.

 

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Here are a few things to consider:

  • Be sure to choose a hidden camera that blends well into your environment
    • Consider where you are going to be having the camera installed.  Be sure to choose a concealment that won’t attract suspicion.
  • Be sure to capture the level of detail you are looking for
    • In order to produce detailed video that provides facial identification, you need a hidden camera that produces high-resolution images.
    • Are you going to place the hidden camera outside?  If so be sure that your camera has outdoor day/night capabilities.
  • Be sure to select the right video recording solution
    • If you want to record video with your hidden camera, there are several options:
      • Connect your hidden camera to a compatible security system DVR for recording video
      • You can have  a separate DVR or micro DVR that is compatible with the hidden camera
      • You can have a hidden camera with a built-in DVR

Some of our most popular hidden cameras are:

  • Clocks
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Books
  • Binders
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Motion Detectors
  • Ceiling Speakers
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Thermostats

 

For more information on Hidden/Covert Security Cameras check out our website or contact our office at (937) 262-7937 today!

 

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4-Camera 1.3 Megapixel Outdoor Video Security System – February 2015 Special

Unique Hybrid+ technology supports analog and HD-TVI cameras, plus IP for complete flexibility

Features Include:

  • 1.3 megapixel HD-TVI bullet security cameras provide 720p HD video
  • Integrated IR array lets the cameras see up to 65′ in complete darkness
  • Smart IR technology reduces IR over-exposure at the center of the image
  • Supports up to 4 cameras: 4x analog and/or HD-TVI (any combination), 1x  720p IP camera can replace 1x analog channel
  • DVR records 720p HD video @ 30 fps per channel, 1080p full HD video @ 12 fps per channel
  • DVR offers multiple recording modes (continuous, motion detection, schedule)
  • H.264 video compression to save hard drive storage space
  • 1TB hard drive for weeks of video storage
  • HDMI, VGA and BNC monitor outputs for convenient viewing
  • Free iOS/Android mobile app for viewing live and recorded video remotely
  • HD-TVI technology transmits zero latency HD video
  • Basic Installation
$1399.00
Sale ends Friday February 27, 2015.
Pricing includes 4 Cameras, DVR, Power Supply, Cable & Camera Terminations
For more information please contact your AFS Sales Representative or check out our February Newsletter
1.3 Megapixel Indoor/Outdoor Camera System

What is a fusible link and how do they work?

At American Fire & Security we are continually servicing and maintaining kitchen hood systems and fire doors.  One of the most important items for either one of these systems are the fusible links.  Per NFPA and the manufacturers standards most fusible link systems must be inspected and maintained every 6 months.

What are Fusible Links?

Fusible links are temperature sensitive fire protection devices designed to be part of a fire protection system. The system is activated when the ambient temperature increases to the point that causes the fusible link to “break-apart”. At the point of breakage, it releases the pre-loaded fire protection device, thus restricting the spread of fire. Fusible links are manufactured under the most rigid quality procedures to assure the highest possible degree of uniformity and “break-away” reliability.

The fusible link is one of the simplest forms of heat detection devices. When links are used in a restaurant system, their purpose is to cause the system to function and extinguish the fire. Fusible links used in this manner are actually releasing devices that are heat actuated. They cause the system to automatically operate at a predetermined “fixed” temperature.

How do they work?

Links are employed to restrain the operation of the system until a fire occurs. Each link is connected by a cable to the restaurant system releasing mechanism. When a high temperature is reached, the two halves of the link separate. When the cable tension is released by the separation of the link, the system operates and wet chemical flows out the discharge nozzles into the fire area.

Why is it important to replace our fusible links?

Fusible Links are one of the most critical components of a kitchen fire suppression system.  Many factors can inhibit the fusible link from working properly.  NFPA requires the fusible links to be replaced semi-annually, but other factors such as grease build up, could cause the need for them to be replaced sooner.

For more information on Fusible Links or to schedule your next Kitchen Hood System or Fire Door inspection feel free to contact us at (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site!

 

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Introducing the NEW Outdoor Wireless 720p IP Camera

Introducing the NEW Outdoor Wireless 720p IP Camera from American Fire & Security.

Check out the latest wireless outdoor IP night vision camera. Designed specifically to work with the AFS Revolution hosted video service, it provides a professional surveillance solution. HD 720P live and recorded video are available to customers through web-enabled computers, cell phone web browsers and via our free downloadable apps.  This camera is great for commercial or residential use!

See what you care about, instantly
See what’s happening at your property in real time, get instant alerts with smart clip capture and never miss a moment with continuous recording. Now it’s easy to check up on the kids, check up on the warehouse, your pets and valuables, and see what’s actually happening in the event of an alarm.  American Fire & Security’s Video Monitoring service offers a best-in-class end-to-end video solution. It includes anytime live streaming, smart clip capture with secure cloud storage, instant video alerts and continuous high definition recording.

Live Streaming Video

Watch live feeds from your property right on your phone, tablet or computer. See what’s happening anywhere on your property, at any time.

  • Use your Smartphone to view live streaming video while away from your property
  • HD quality and great lowlight performance make for crystal clear video
  • Remotely move the Pan/Tilt camera via the web, Smartphone or tablet to see different views of a location
  • Simultaneously view multiple locations on the same screen, such as your vacation home and primary residence
  • See what’s going on both inside and outside your property, all on a single screen
  • Integrate existing video cameras with your AFS Revolution security system

Video Alerts

Smarter than traditional stand-alone video monitoring, Alarm.com video monitoring is connected with your security system, allowing you to set recording triggers when activity is detected. You can choose to receive video alerts by text or email, and customize them by time, day, camera and motion.

Video Clip Notification

Smart Clip Capture

American Fire & Security’s recorded video features make it easier to stay on top of what’s happened at your property. Our video cameras work around the clock, hand-in-hand with your security system.

Continuous Recording

We offer the ability to capture 24/7 high definition recording through the Stream Video Recorder (SVR). It enhances the video monitoring service with the addition of a high performance, continuous video recording solution. The new solution captures a 24×7 stream of what’s happening at a property and provides cloud-based streaming and video clip access from anywhere.

  • 24/7 Video Recording
  • Remotely Viewable
  • High Definition Capture
  • Bandwidth Optimized

This solution is delivered through a unique services architecture that is bandwidth optimized so you won’t degrade your internet connection, offers high definition capture and playback and can be accessed even when you are away from home.

 

*Requires an American Fire & Security Alarm.com account. 

For more information please contact your AFS representative or give us a call at (937) 262-7937 today!

 

OUTDOOR CAMERA WIRELESS

Introducing Next Generation Wireless Intercom System With Video

The new advanced wireless intercom system by OPTEX gives you the ability to not only know when somebody is outside your door, but to view and talk to them from the safety and comfort of any location inside your home or business.

The wireless intercom package includes a convenient wireless handheld unit with LCD monitor and a wireless doorbell/camera unit with over 330ft. transmission range, line of sight. It also allows for multiple handheld units, multiple doorbell/camera units and the ability to remotely release electronic door locks through a gateway/chime unit.

What are some benefits?

No more missed visitors. The system allows you to know when guests arrive at your door, and speak with them, from the convenience of multiple locations on your property.

No more unwanted guests.  You never have to trust a peephole view or answer the door blindly again.

Easily Expandable.  You can monitor up to two doors from up to four different locations.

Door release capability.  When integrated with door locking hardware, the gateway unit will release the lock when the “open door” button is pressed on the handheld unit.

Battery powered.  Both the door unit and handheld unit are battery powered, allowing for up to 330ft. transmission range, line of sight.

For more information please contact your AFS representative or give us a call at (937) 262-7937 today!

 

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New Product Alert! 4-Camera 1.3 Megapixel Outdoor Security System

American Fire & Security is proud to introduce one of our new IP camera system packages.

Our new 4-Camera 1.3 Megapixel Outdoor Security System offers the following features:

  • (4) Outdoor 1.3 megapixel bullet cameras deliver sharp, detailed images
  • Cameras feature an integrated Smart IR that provides a 65′ IR range
  • NVR includes VGA and HDMI video outputs
  • Supports H.264 video streams to save hard drive storage space
  • 1TB security-grade hard drive
  • NVR offers multiple recording modes (continuous, motion detection, event and schedule)
  • Recording features: event search, event log, and email event notification
  • Free iOS/Android app for remote viewing of live and recorded video

For more information or to order call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

4 Camera Outdoor IP System

Exit Sign & Emergency Light Service – Why your business needs it

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

We offer:
• 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!

 

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Will using Windows XP compromise the security of my business?

Microsoft has announced that effective April 8, 2014 they will no longer provide technical assistance for Windows XP.  This includes automatic updates that help protect your PC. They will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. 

 
What does this mean for you? 
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work. However, it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because Microsoft will no longer be offering the security patches and updates that are needed to keep your computer safe and secure from hackers. 
 
As more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
 
Also, by not upgrading your computer system you could be opening your business up to risks and lawsuits due to a lack of proper computer security.  Just think of how many issues Target has had with their security breach this past holiday season.
 
How does keeping Windows XP effect my business security system?
If you have a CCTV System, Access Control System, CRM, Credit Card Processing or a POS system that is being powered by Windows XP it may become more vulnerable to security risks, viruses, and hacking as Microsoft will no longer provide security patches for the Windows XP platform.   
 
What should your business do to avoid having these issues? 
Its recommended that you upgrade your operating system.  By upgrading your operating system to a newer version of Windows, Microsoft will continue to offer support with security patches and updates that are needed to keep your computer safe from hackers.  
 
If you would like to find out if your security system is at risk for these vulnerabilities give us a call at (937) 262-7937.  
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Replacement of Restaurant Dry Chemical Systems: January 1, 2014

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!

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