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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
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As a business owner every part of your business is something that you have worked hard for and take great pride in. With that being said, then why do you wait until it’s too late to protect your most valued possessions?
Dave, a small business owner from Cincinnati Ohio, just asked me the same question after thieves wreaked havoc on his business by taking all of the wire, copper, and air conditioning unit from the fenced in area in the back of his building. Lucky for Dave one of his employees caught the thieves and they were taken into police custody. However, the damage had already been done to his business as well as several other business in the area and now these business will be spending thousands of dollars to fix, replace or repair what it only took minutes for someone to destroy.
The would be copper thieves are not just hitting small business either. They are also targeting churches, hotels, farms and schools. In the recent past, one Alabama church had its air conditioning units stolen twice in 10 days. Each time, thieves got about $300 worth of copper, and the church had to pay more than $3,000 for replacements. A church in Detroit, Michigan, spent more than $50,000 to replace heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units damaged by copper thieves.
At this point your probably asking yourself how you can prevent or detour this from happening to your business right? Well there are several solutions.
1) If your business has an outside storage area like Dave’s make sure that the area is well light. I know that seems obvious, but most thieves think if there is a risk of them being caught they will move on to another business that they may not be caught as easily.
2) Make sure that the exterior of your building has a security camera system. If thieves should wreak havoc on your business you need to make sure you have something of forensic evidence to give to the authorities.
3) Have your alarm company install a motion sensor on your air conditioning unit so if it is being tampered with an alarm will sound and the police will be dispatched right away. Plus the would be thieves are likely to leave without your air conditioner if the alarm sounds instead of trying to continue stealing it.
4) Make sure your tools, ladders and step stools are placed inside the building each night. You don’t want to make it easier for the thieves to have access to your assets.
If you would like to talk more about protecting your business from would be thieves wreaking havoc on your business talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl
The destruction left behind by copper thieves.
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