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Why Your Business Needs Smoke Detectors

Posted on: October 12th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

October is Fire Safety Month. The month commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, which destroyed more than three square miles of Chicago businesses and homes.

While the cause of the fire is debatable, what is clear is that fire fighters did not receive alerts until the blaze was out of control. If only there were smoke detectors in 1871.

Don’t ignore the importance of smoke detectors. Here’s why your business needs them.

  • Smoke detectors save lives – The U.S. Fire Administration says two-thirds of fire-related deaths happen in properties without working smoke alarms. Protect you and your employees with working smoke alarms.
  • Smoke detectors warn you of fires – You probably knew this one already. But ask yourself this… when is the last time that you tested your smoke detectors? Structures without properly functioning smoke detectors are twice as likely to have a fire.
  • Smoke detectors improve emergency response times – In a fire, every second counts. With properly functioning smoke detectors, you can quickly alert the fire department. The savings could make a difference in saving your business from ruin.
  • Smoke detectors lower insurance rates – Smoke detectors, coupled with a business security system, can possibly help you lower annual insurance premiums. It all depends on the insurance company.

At Hue & Cry, Inc., we offer code compliant fire alarm systems for businesses that are installed on time and on budget. We also offer complete monitoring, testing and inspection services. To find out more, please visit our page on fire alarm systems or call us at 1-800-762-3196.

Tips to Prevent Business Fires

Posted on: October 10th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

More than 70 percent of businesses involved in a major fire do not reopen or go out of business within three years. Don’t let this happen to your business.

Preventing business fires, starts by reviewing your company policies and talking with your employees about the safety tips below.

  • Don’t overload electrical outlets – Avoid overloading electrical outlets with tons of computers, printers and other electronics.
  • Show employees the location of fire extinguishers – Your employees should know where the fire extinguishers are located at your business. Also train them on how to use the extinguishers.
  • Keep paper products away from heat sources – This seems obvious, but you would be amazed how many businesses make this mistake.
  • Identify fuel for fire – Besides paper, you’ll want to minimize trash, cardboard and other flammable items that can fuel a fire.
  • Have a no candle and no smoking policy – The lighting of candles and smoking should be prohibited at your business.
  • Do not permit space heaters at your business – Unattended space heaters can cause a fire. It’s better for employees to leave them at home.
  • Keep computers and appliances in good shape – Have technicians regularly service computers and appliances at your business. This will ensure they aren’t a potential fire hazard.
  • Have a no tolerance policy on smoke detector tampering – Let employees know right off the bat that they can be seriously reprimanded for tampering with smoke detectors as well as fire extinguishers.
  • Maintain fire extinguishers and sprinklers – Have your fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems regularly tested by a professional to ensure that they’re working properly.

If you need help checking your sprinklers and fire alarm system, contact Hue & Cry, Inc.

We have certified experts that can help ensure your fire alarm and sprinklers are properly functioning. To find out more, please visit our page on fire alarm systems or call us at 1-800-762-3196.

Discount Stores vs. Security Company Smoke Detectors

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

There is a big difference between the smoke detectors that you purchase at a big box store versus the security company smoke detectors.

Using security company smoke detectors over the discount store detectors make a big difference in saving your home and family from a raging fire. Here are a few reasons security company smoke detectors are always better.

  • 24-hour monitoring – Whether you’re home or not, you can rest assured someone is watching your home. Should a fire spark while you’re away, your security company will alert the fire department.
  • Better alerts – According to the fire safety council, the largest percentage of home fire-related deaths occurs at night when people are asleep. With security company smoke detectors, you’ll get an alert sounded throughout the entire home. You won’t have any difficulty hearing the alert.
  • You can focus on saving your family – When the fire alarm sounds, you can focus on getting your family out of your home. The monitoring center will take care of alerting the fire department.
  • Less damage to your home – When a fire sparks in your home, every second counts. With a security company smoke detector, fire departments can be dispatched faster to your home. This increases the chance that there will be less damage to your home.
  • Less issues with batteries – With a hardwired system, you won’t have to worry about changing multiple batteries. The system will be powered by a single power source and a backup battery.

These are some of the most important reasons why security company smoke detectors are better than discount store smoke detectors.

At Hue & Cry, Inc., we have more than 30 years of experience protecting homes from fires, burglars and other threats. To find out how we can help you, please visit our page on home security systems. You also can call us at 1-800-762-3196.

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How to Prevent Home Fires

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 3,500 American die each year in fires and another 18,300 are injured.

As part of Fire Prevention Month, here are some important ways to protect your home and family from fires.

  • Have a smoke detector – You should have a smoke detector on every level of your home. It’s the best way to detect a fire before it’s too late. It’s important to regularly test your smoke detectors. Try to test them at least once a month. Replace smoke detectors that are over 10 years old.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher – Having a fire extinguisher can help you douse a fire before it destroys your home. Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen to protect against grease fires on your stove as well as small appliance fires.
  • Avoid overloading circuits – This is a common cause of fires. Don’t overload electrical circuits with tons of plugs. You’ll also want to avoid placing extension cords in high traffic areas. If you notice a plug with a frayed wire, discontinue use.
  • Keep lighters and matches away from children – You’ll always want to keep your matches and lighters locked away in a safe place from children. Additionally, discuss the importance of fire safety with your children. Let them know that matches and lighters are not a toy.
  • Consider a home security system – A home security system can protect your home from a fire whether or not you’re at home. These systems include 24 hour monitoring features that quickly dispatch the fire department when the system detects excessive heat and smoke.

At Hue & Cry, Inc., we specialize in fire alarms systems in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Discover how we can help protect your home and family from fires by visiting our website at www.HueAndCry.com or by calling us at 1-800-762-3196.

Security and Fire Alarm System Maintenance Advice

Posted on: May 15th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu 4 Comments

Properly functioning security and fire alarm systems are critical for homeowners and business owners. Unfortunately, these systems are sometimes neglected, which can cause serious problems.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, security systems can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. However, quality systems that are well maintained can last much longer.

To extend the life of your security and fire alarm system, we recommend the following advice.

Security System & Fire Alarm Inspection 

It’s important to regularly inspect your security and fire alarm system. Doing so will help to identify any problematic issues. When performing personal inspections, be sure to check:

  • Cameras – Are the cameras operational and free of dust?
  • Sensors – Are the motion, fire and smoke sensors clean?
  • Batteries – Are the batteries still working?

Check at least every six months, although you’ll probably want to do it every three just to be safe. Remove any dust from the sensors and make sure the batteries are not corroded.

Testing the System

To prevent false alarms and to keep your security or fire system in good working order, it is very important to test the system. Newer systems do not have to be tested as often as older systems. When your system reaches over the 7 to 10 year mark, you’ll want to test it more often.

Having a professional security company test your home or business security system once a year can help identify any potential problems.

Hiring a company like Hue & Cry Security Systems can help ensure your fire or security system is in excellent working order.

At Hue & Cry Security Systems, we’ve been helping homeowners and businesses in Northern California and Southern Oregon for more than 30 years. To find out how we can help you, call us at 1-800-762-3196 or visit www.HueAndCry.com.

 

An Important Look Into Fire Department Response Times

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

When battling fires every second counts. On average it only takes 10 minutes for a fire to spread in a building without sprinklers.

That’s why fire department response times are very important.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are more than 350,000 residential building fires every year. These blazes annually cause more than:

  • 2,000 deaths
  • 12,000 injuries
  • $6 billion in property damage

A quick response by your local fire department can make the difference between losing and saving your home.

So how much time should it take for a fire department to respond?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that telephone dispatchers should take no more than 60 seconds to alert the fire department. The fire department should take no more than 5 minutes to arrive when alerted of the blaze.

Taking more than 5 minutes can be catastrophic.

In 2009, it took a Boston area fire department 11 minutes to respond to a residential fire. By the time the fire fighters arrived, the house was destroyed. In cases like these, budget cuts and layoffs are often the culprits for slow response times.

Are fire departments meeting response time standards?

When it comes to meeting the 5-minute standard, that’s a difficult question to answer. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, U.S. city fire departments measure their response times differently.

Some fire departments count the dispatch call times within their overall response time. Others do not.

The Wall Street Journal article noted that the Los Angles Fire Department counted the dispatch call within their response time for many years. Then, they decided to remove it to decrease their response time.

For homeowners, it’s important to consider fire department response times when developing a fire emergency plan. Check with your local fire department to see how long it takes them to respond to fires. See if they include dispatch calls within the response time.

When thinking about fire safety, you will want to consider a fire alarm system from Hue & Cry Security Systems. Fire alarms help save homes. Your standard smoke detector can’t alert emergency responders.

A fire alarm can be the difference that allows fire fighters to arrive at your home in less than 5 minutes. To find out more, contact us today at 1-800-762-3196.

We’d love to hear from you! What do you think of your local fire department? Leave your comments below.

Fire Safety Tips for Office Workers

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

Fires are a serious threat for office workers. Every single year, there are more than 100,000 fires in non-residential structures. Many of these are offices.

It takes less than 10 minutes for that small fire to turn into a blaze. To help protect yourself, here are some fire safety tips that will keep you safe.

  • Keep Papers Away from Electronics – Keep mounds of papers away from electronics. A spark could easily start a fire.
  • Make Sure Exits are Always Open – Always check to make sure exits are not blocked by desks or other office equipment.
  • Know Your Fire Escape Plan – Every employee should know how to quickly exist the building in case of an emergency.
  • Know Your Office – Remember how far your desk is from the nearest exit. This will help if there isn’t any lighting during the fire.
  • Don’t Panic – In case of a fire, stay calm and remember to check doors for heat before opening them.
  • Keep Low – If there is a fire, stay low to the ground so you can breathe fresh air.
  • Don’t Use Elevators – Avoid the elevators if there is a fire. It’s always better to take the stairs.
  • Never Reenter Building – Don’t try to be a hero. Leave it to the firefighters.

Following these tips will help protect you during an office fire. Always make sure your office’s fire alarm system is in good working order.

At Hue & Cry Security Systems, we can help you with all of your fire alarm needs. If you’re a business in Northern California or Oregon, call us today at 800-762-3196.

 

 

Required On Site Documentation of Your Fire Alarm System

Posted on: March 26th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu 1 Comment

Many property managers get caught with their pants down during fire alarm system inspections.

It’s all because they do not have their on-site documentation in order. This could lead to costly penalties.

If you want to be prepared, you need a document cabinet. It’s an easy way to keep your fire alarm system documentation in order. A document cabinet is a box where the fire inspector can find all past inspection and test records.

Based on fire codes, you’ll want to keep the following papers in your fire alarm document cabinet. According to FireAlrm.org you should have:

  • Owner’s Manual – This should include instructions on all system equipment.
  • Record Drawings – This includes installation drawings and maintenance manuals.
  • Record Copy of Site Specific Software – This is for software-based systems.
  • Records of Testing – Have all previous testing records in the box.

Using a document cabinet will help you keep track of these documents.

At Hue & Cry Security Systems, businesses and contractors in Northern California and Oregon trust us for experience with fire alarms.

For nearly 30 years, businesses and contractors have turned to us for our fire alarm expertise. To find out how we can help you, call us at 800-762-3196.

 

 

Important Fireplace Safety Tips for Homeowners

Posted on: January 27th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu 1 Comment

Homeowners love fireplaces.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration more than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heating sources for their homes.

While the crackling of a warm fire can be great, there are certain risks involved with heating wood and other solid fuels in your home.

Every year …

If your home has a fireplace, you need to take proper precautions to protect your home as well as your family.

Follow these important fireplace safety tips:

  • Use Seasoned Hardwood – Never burn cardboard, paper or flammable liquids in your fireplace.
  • Get a Chimney Inspection – Every year have a certified chimney specialist inspect your fireplace and chimney.
  • Keep Front Area of Fireplace Clean – Make sure all flammable items are removed from the hearth of the fireplace.
  • Keep Glass Doors Open – You’ll want to keep the glass doors open when a fire is burning.  Use your mesh screen to keep embers from jumping out of the fireplace.
  • Close Glass Doors When Not in Use – This helps to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room.
  • Keep Roof Clean – Keep your roof clear of twigs, leafs and bird nests.
  • Store Firewood Away from Home – Try to keep stored firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Check Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Change the batteries and test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year.

Most importantly, never leave a fire unattended!  If a fire gets out of control, immediately contact the fire department.  Don’t try to extinguish an out-of-control fire.  Get your family out of the house and call 911.

At Hue & Cry Security Systems, we have worked side by side with fire departments and other emergency responders for more than 25 years.

When it comes to protecting your home, we have the experience in home security systems and fire alarms that homeowners and businesses in Northern California and Oregon count on.

To learn how to protect your home and family, give us a call today at 1-800-762-3196.

Hue & Cry

10 Ways to Prevent a Fire at Your Business

Posted on: January 16th, 2012 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

Business and office fires are more common than you may think.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there were more than 98,000 fires in non-residential buildings last year.  Many of these were offices and small businesses.

The fires caused more than $2.6 billion in properly damage.

As an example, more than 80 firefighters battled a fire at a Citrus Heights, California Strip Mall in November 2011.  The fire wiped out several stores in the strip malls, causing thousands of dollars in damage.  You can see a video of the blaze below.

If you want to prevent a fire at your business, you should follow these 10 tips.

  1. Avoid Overloading Outlets – Make sure you don’t overload your electrical outlets with multi-socket plugs and lots of office equipment.  Also avoid using extensions cords.
  2. Keep Space Heaters at Home – Make it a policy to keep space heaters at home.  Space heaters are a potential fire hazard, especially when left unattended.
  3. No Candles – This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people bring candles into private, one-person offices and businesses.  Make sure no one has any candles.
  4. Watch Paper Products – Keep your paper products and shredded paper stored away from heat sources.  If possible, store paper products near a sprinkler head in your office. 
  5. Avoid Running Cables Under Carpets – Don’t run any cables under carpets in main walkways of your office.  The cables could fray and spark a fire.
  6. Unplug Electrical Items in Kitchen – At the end of the day unplug electrical items such as coffee makers and toasters in your office kitchen.
  7. Have a Strict No Smoking Policy – There are still people who will sneak a cigarette in the office bathroom or storage closet.  Have a strict policy that punishes people who get caught smoking.
  8. Service Computers and Other Equipment – Have professionals service your computers and other equipment to ensure it’s properly working and safe to use.
  9. Have Fire Extinguishers – Make sure your fire extinguishers are all properly working.  You may even want to have a few extra just in case.
  10. Smoke Detectors – Every office should have several functioning smoke detectors in it.  Be sure to replace the batteries once every sixth months.

Finally, be sure to have your fire alarm system regularly checked by a professional.

At Hue & Cry Security Systems, we can help you with your fire and security needs.  We have long standing relationships with fire and law enforcement officials in Northern California and Oregon.

To learn more how we can help you, call us today at 1-800-762-3196 or visit the Hue & Cry Contact Page.

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