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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 188.8.131.52 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
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Security Safes are a great way to protect the valuable assets of your business.
Many business owners consider their safe to be a necessity, however once the safe is delivered they are not sure how to properly secure or maintain their safe and its belongings.
Below are a few tips for your business safe:
Always bolt your safe down. While you may think there’s no way anyone will manage to wrangle the safe out of your busienss when it takes specialized machines and muscle to perform the installation, never underestimate the resourcefulness of highly determined burglars.
- Concrete provides the most secure anchor, so it is the preferred surface for mounting your safe.
- Always mount using 1/2” concrete bolts or larger, and use more than one bolt. Four mounting bolts are ideal.
- When anchoring to a wood floor, whenever possible, anchor one or more bolts into a foundation support beam rather than just the plywood floor.
Watch for wall gaps:
When possible, avoid anchoring the safe near a foundation wall in a way that creates an 8” to 18” gap between the wall and safe. Gaps smaller than 8” are ok but with slightly larger gaps it is possible to leverage the safe away from the wall using a car jack, ripping the safe’s base anchor bolts out from the flooring.
Don’t keep your safe on day lock:
Day lock is a condition where the operator turns the dial only a few numbers back from the last digit in the combination. This allows the operator to access the safe more quickly as they only have to dial in the last digit of the safe combination, however it makes it very easy for anyone to open the safe simply by moving the dial a coupe digits to the left or right. Thieves are very aware that many safes are on day lock and can be opened in a few seconds. Make it your policy always to spin the dial a full turn whenever you lock your safe.
Change the combination:
- Make sure that your safe & vault installer changes the combination from the factory default setting.
- Make sure that you change your safe combination every time a combination holder leaves your business.
- Make sure that you change your safe combination every quarter to make sure nobody has accidentally discovered your safe combination.
- Make sure you keep track of all the “combo holders” to your safe combination.
- Make sure you have pictures and documentation of what is in your safe or vault in case an burglary should occur.
If you would like to talk more about evaluating your business safe 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