Fire Safety & Prevention Month

In honor of National Fire Safety and Prevention Month, ISG would like to shed light on the importance of fire safety and what you can do to prevent a fire from happening. Having a fire alarm system is a key part of making sure you are prepared in the event of a fire. While fire alarm systems are usually a requirement in most commercial properties, it’s always important to go above and beyond to protect the business you have worked hard to build-up. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “[Store and mercantile properties] fires caused an annual average of 12 civilian deaths, 299 civilian fire injuries, and $604 million in direct property damage.” Fire safety and protection are more than a legal requirement; they are a way to protect your employees and your company.

Importance of Fire Alarm Systems

At ISG, we take fire prevention and safety seriously. That is why we want to emphasize the importance of having a fire alarm system for your business. These early warning systems will sound at the first sign of fire, informing occupants to evacuate the premises immediately as well as alerting the fire department to the potential danger, allowing them to respond more quickly. However, a fire alarm system can only alert occupants to the threat of fire, but if employees are not aware of proper evacuation procedures, then a fire can still be life-threatening. According the a survey conducted by NFPA, “One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less.” While it may be time consuming, it’s still important to provide employees with an evacuation plan and to routinely schedule and hold fire drills.

How to Prevent a Fire

When it comes to fire safety, the best course of action is prevention. In office buildings, it’s important to keep your work area clear of items that may catch fire such as trash or waste paper as well as turning off electrical appliances at the end of the day. Another common cause for office fires are damaged electrical cords and overloaded circuits. Additionally, heat producing equipment such as printers or coffee makers should be kept away from anything flammable that may burn or catch fire.

What Invision Can Do for You

At Invision Security, our trained fire alarm engineers and installers have the technical experience to make sure that your fire alarm system is installed as required. Our team will also file permits, submit plans, and provide you with a comprehensive assessment that meets local building and National Fire Code Requirements.

It is important to understand how serious fire safety is for a business. If you want peace of mind for your commercial property, call us today or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation.

Back to School! The Importance of School Security.

With the new school year starting, it’s important to consider a few aspects that don’t revolve around new pencils, and notebooks and backpacks. It’s time to think about campus security and if your child is safe when you drop them off each day. Whether your child is in middle school, high school or on a college campus, security systems and safety protocols are more important than ever. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “in 2012, there were 29,500 criminal incidents against persons and property on campus at public and private 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions.” Additionally, there has been an uptick in campus shootings and active shooter situations across the United States, a number that is unfortunately predicted to rise.

To help combat violence and vandalism on campus, active and up-to-date security systems not only act as preventative measures discouraging actions that could result in disciplinary and legal action, but also help educational institutions crack down on crimes that do take place through expertly placed CCTV cameras or other electronic security solutions.

By implementing and constantly updating advanced electronic security measures on a school campus, safety becomes a priority and helps to give parents a sense of security when they send their children off to school each day. In addition to security cameras, access control systems also help to monitor the comings and goings of visitors while technology linked to smartphones and other devices help to increase the immediacy of lockdowns when a threat is detected on campus. These security measures not only alleviate parents’ concerns, but also benefit their children as one study conducted by the Institute for Education and Social Policy finds that students who report feeling unsafe in the classroom consistently experience adverse effects on academic performance and have higher absentee rates. This September make sure your child’s academic institution is implementing the best, most up-to-date security systems to prevent and ensure safety through the school year.

Commercial Life Safety: What to do when the fire alarm sounds

Picture this situation… You’re working hard at your job and all of a sudden the fire alarm goes off. What do you do?

The decision you make can be the difference between life and death. At a garment factory in India, a sounding fire alarm was waved off by managers. Because of this negligence, more than 100 people perished in a fire. Don’t’ let this happen to you. Taking the proper measures can ultimately save your life.

It’s important to treat fire alarms seriously. Every single year there are nearly 100,000 non-residential structure fires according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Follow these tips when an alarm triggers.

1. Stop working – Immediately stop working. Don’t think of it as a possible false alarm. Every second counts. Get out of the building.

2. Leave your belongings behind – Don’t obsess over gathering all of your personal belongings as you leave. You can always replace them.

3. Find the nearest exit – Locate the nearest exit and leave as quickly as possible. If the exit is blocked, quickly find another one.

4. Avoid elevators – If you work on upper floors, take the stairs in the event of a fire alarm going off at your business.

5. Contact authorities – The fire alarm should alert authorities. To be certain, contact authorities and let them know the situation once outside.

It’s important to treat fire alarms seriously. Every single year there are nearly 100,000 non-residential structure fires according to the National Fire Protection Association.

If it happens to be a false alarm, get it checked out as soon as possible by a company that specializes in fire alarm and suppression services.

At inVision Security, we specialize in inspecting, testing, monitoring and maintaining fire alarm systems. To find out how we can help you, contact us today.