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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!

 

Book with Hidden Camera

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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!

 

Fusible Link

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

How can I prevent copper thieves from wreaking havoc on my business?

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.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

The destruction left behind by copper thieves.

Your CSO

I have had several people ask “What’s the purpose of The Security Girl?”  It’s pretty simple….I am your new CSO (Chief Security Officer).  As a small / medium-sized business you may not have all the luxuries of a huge corporation, but you most certainly deserve them right!?!  Well The Security Girl is one of those luxuries!!  Instead of having someone on your payroll to answer questions about what to do for your businesses security needs you can ask me!!

Does it seem like it should be harder than this?  Well it shouldn’t!  If you have a question about any security related products or issues for your business please email me at questions@thesecuritygirl.com.  I will be posting a new security related post  every few days so check back often to see the answer to your question.

Stay Safe!!

The Security Girl

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