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How To Maintain Fire Safety Equipment Properly By Following Simple Steps
How To Maintain Fire Safety Equipment Properly By Following Simple Steps

Did you know an estimated 30% of smoke alarms in the UK are inoperable due to missing, flat or disconnected batteries? For a property to comply with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is vitally important that all fire safety equipment is kept in perfect working order at all times. This involves checking that the fire safety equipment is accessible, well maintained and hasn’t been tampered with. There are many ways you can take care of your fire safety equipment, to ensure your property is prepared, should there ever be a fire. Equipment Assessment Checks There are two types of equipment assessment checks that should be carried out, including monthly and annually If you’re the ‘responsible person’ for commercial property, you need to ensure your building meets fire safety standards. Here are 5 tips on how to properly maintain your fire safety equipment. Both passive and active fire safety equipment must be check regularly for any signs of wear or damage. There are two types of equipment assessment checks that should be carried out, including monthly and annually. There is a range of equipment checks you must carry out, including fire doors, fire alarm test, emergency lighting and fire extinguishers. Emergency lighting should be checked monthly, with all issues kept in a logbook. Fire doors should also be checked to ensure their seals and frames are in good condition.   Fire Alarm Tests All fire protection has to be checked annually including alarms, detectors, lighting, sprinklers, extinguishers and fire doors. They should be carefully inspected. Fire alarms are a legal requirement for commercial premises. To check that your Fire alarms still function correctly, it is important to get them serviced. All fire alarms should be tested, maintained and inspected by a competent person who is able to carry out any remedial work. Fire alarms are a legal requirement for commercial premises Fire extinguishers must be ready to work straight away in the event of a fire, so it is vital they are regularly checked and serviced. You should ensure they are maintained and kept in a functional condition. Every month, the pressure gauge should be tested on all fire extinguishers. Fire Risk Assessments Every year, it is required that a qualified technician carries out a thorough check on all your extinguishers for them to be fully serviced and certified. In addition to regular maintenance checks on your fire safety equipment, it is vital your commercial property has a fire risk assessment carried out every 4 years, with a renewal every 2 years. Fully trained and qualified assessors should undertake this to make sure it is done professionally Fully trained and qualified assessors should undertake this to make sure it is done professionally. By having a fire risk assessment review, it determines whether any changes could impact the ability for your equipment to properly protect your building. Fire Safety Logbook During a risk assessment, all fire doors must be checked to ensure they are in good condition and close efficiently with secure hinges. The fire seals must be fixed in position, with signs on the door present and legible. To keep an overview of all findings and actions, there should be a fire safety logbook and maintenance record that remains at your premises at all times. The logbook is used to record and review any significant findings when carrying out the fire risk assessment. This helps to keep all fire safety equipment functioning effectively and available to respond to emergency fires.

Software Systems Improve Firefighter Emergency Preparedness
Software Systems Improve Firefighter Emergency Preparedness

In communities of all sizes, fire crews are always in need of finding ways to improve preparedness and reduce risk. When fire departments use software systems that meet these needs, they stay safer and more informed on the scene. They also ensure that citizens stay safer during fire emergencies. Since the first organized response to a fire emergency began, firefighters have always made it a point to prevent injuries and minimize fire-related damage. However, since that time, technology has improved virtually everything about fire response, from the way crews get to the scene, to the information they have in transit about the emergency, to what they need to do upon arrival. This knowledge means fire crews no longer need to use three-ring binders full of documents to search for information. Instead, they use mobile data terminals (MDTs) and mobile fire software apps on smartphones, laptops, or tablets in their ladder trucks, fire engines, and other vehicles, which provide them with instant access to the data they need when it’s needed. Fire crews no longer need to use three-ring binders full of documents to search for information Mission Critical Data For Emergencies MDTs work directly with a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system to show first responders information about an emergency. With this technology, mission-critical data with real-time information about an emergency is available for fire crews. Having this data on hand helps keep crews safe, protect citizens, and reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to the structure involved. For example, if fire crews respond to a structure fire and dispatchers receive information while on the call that the roof collapsed before crews arrival, fire crews are made aware of this information in real time. Any information dispatchers receive about the emergency is immediately available for fire crews using an MDT. Information included in an MDT includes location of hazardous chemicals on site, knowledge of any hazardous materials on site, owner contact information, building entrance points and floorplans, and hydrant location. Any information dispatchers receive about the emergency is immediately available for fire crews Advance Planning For Fire Rescue MDTs are vital components to fire rescue. These ruggedized laptops are often mounted in a firetruck and crews communicate with one another regarding the data dispatchers share. When fire crews do not have access to an MDT, they rely upon radio transmissions, cell phones, and pagers to share information. Without a way to share this information in transit, fire crews create attack plans on the scene. This results in more time being spent planning rather than tackling the fire emergency, which could result in more damage and injuries or loss of life. For instance, fires double in size every 30 seconds. When technology can be leveraged so fire crews can create an attack plan while in transit, they reduce risk on the scene. Advanced planning helps each member of the crew know what he or she is doing on the scene based on their roles. Mobile Communication Apps Another way fire crews improve preparedness and reduce risk in a fire response is through the use of a mobile fire software application that can be used on smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and works seamlessly with MDTs.Mobile apps help bridge the gap between the communication received from dispatch to all  members of a fire crew Mobile apps help bridge the gap between the communication received from dispatch to all members of a fire crew. Plus, with a mobile app that knows who’s using the device, it can automatically populate the information the user needs based on the location of the user and the user’s role.  That means personalized information is delivered as it is needed, which helps crew members to begin their attack plans before arriving on the scene. Crews that use mobile apps arrive on the scene better prepared to attack the fire immediately, thereby saving time and reducing risk. Another benefit of using mobile fire apps is that they are less costly than other software solutions, which helps fire departments purchase more for crews. Many fire departments use MDTs and mobile fire apps so that crews are well-equipped with informational tools. With this opportunity to arrive more prepared on the scene, fire crews can reduce risk to themselves and those involved in the emergency. Vital information is placed into the hands of crew members no matter where they are in the rig, ladder truck, or fire engine Accessible Information For Fire Crews Both mobile fire apps and MDTs work together to harness the power of CAD and bring it directly to fire crews. Vital information is placed into the hands of crew members no matter where they are in the rig, ladder truck, or fire engine. Plus, mobile fire apps can be used by volunteer firefighters, which helps ensure they are as connected to details about the emergency as possible.Another benefit of technology in the world of firefighting is that mobile fire apps and MDTs can work together Fire crews using both have vital routing information, data regarding the structure involved, pre-plans, history, access to their own maps, and anything else that enhances contextual awareness for crews.Another benefit of technology in the world of firefighting is that mobile fire apps and MDTs can work together. While both harness the power of CAD and bring it directly to fire crews, an app is more accessible for crews in the back of the rig or ladder truck. Considerations When Purchasing Mobile Data Terminals The most important thing for fire departments to consider before purchasing an MDT or mobile app is this: Ensure that the software allows for users to take their own CAD information, so they can extend its functionality. These fire software systems should also be intuitive so that they know who is using it and what information they need. They should also be hands-free and understand spoken commands and have the capacity to take those commands and escalate to the next level. By making use of the software systems available to fire departments, crews experience a better use of their time, access relevant information for all roles, and stay safer on the scene through better preparedness and risk reduction.

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Altronix Adds New Models To Its EFlow Power Supply/charger Line
Altronix Adds New Models To Its EFlow Power Supply/charger Line

Altronix’s new models offer more flexibility via their multiple outputs to accommodate a broader range of system designs Altronix now offers more eFlow power supply/chargers to choose from with 4, 8 and 16 outputs. These new models add to the company’s growing line of eFlow enhanced power solutions with more features designed for security, fire and access control applications. “eFlow power solutions provide more of what the market is asking for – more functionality with key features for system integration,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix. “These models offer more flexibility via their multiple outputs to accommodate a broader range of system designs. “ Key features include built-in fire alarm disconnect, over voltage protection to help prevent equipment damage, low power cutoff to protect stand-by batteries, and more. eFlow is ULlisted in the U.S. for access control, burglar alarm and fire protective signaling systems, and in Canada for burglar and access control systems. Plus, eFlow is CE listed for European conformity.

Altronix Helps Keep New York City Public Schools’ Clocks Safe And Secure
Altronix Helps Keep New York City Public Schools’ Clocks Safe And Secure

Altronix supplies power for surveillance and security applications in NYC public school district As one of the primary system integrators responsible for keeping New York City Public Schools’ security and surveillance systems updated and running at peak performance, Kevin Tomlinson, CFO, Champion Alarm Systems, Ltd. of Farmingdale, NY is also responsible for synchronizing the schools’ clock systems to ensure schedules stay on track and in sync with one another. But as budgets have become tighter and competition fiercer, Mr. Tomlinson is continually looking for ways to improve efficiencies and performance to retain his company’s competitive edge. The clocks provided by Champion Alarm Systems throughout the massive NYC public school district are configured into a self-corrective system controlled by a master clock. All the clocks are wired back to a master clock where they are connected to a master power supply. Approximately two years ago, Mr. Tomlinson started looking for a more cost-effective way to power the system as the cost of the clock manufacturer’s power supply pricing continued to escalate. So he went on the hunt for an alternate power supply that could provide a highly reliable seamless replacement at a more affordable price point. Having deployed a wide variety of Altronix power supplies for surveillance and security applications both in the NYC public school district and numerous other venues, Champion’s technical team looked at the company’s portfolio of AC power supplies for a possible solution and found what they were looking for at a fraction of the cost. “We use Altronix for all of our clock systems,” said Mr. Tomlinson. “Early on, we were using Altronix rack mount AC power supplies which actually made installations easier because of the way the connectors were laid out. We later switched to a wall mount model – the ALTV2416350 – a 16 fused output, 14 amp model that provides the solution at a great price. The savings over the clock manufacturer’s power supply is greater than 50%, which equates to a great savings with a lifetime warranty to boot when you’re looking at 1400 schools.” “Champion technicians are in the NYC schools a few days a week servicing and maintaining various systems, and it’s important that the products we deploy not only meet budget, but they also operate consistently and without compromise. Altronix products meet all those criteria, even when used for clocks,” concluded Mr. Tomlinson.

Latest Altronix Website Tool Enables Users To Compare Product Features And Specifications
Latest Altronix Website Tool Enables Users To Compare Product Features And Specifications

The new Altronix website tool offers easy access to locate and compare products on the website Altronix, the leading manufacturer of low voltage power supplies and transmission solutions for professional security applications, has added an innovative new tool to the company’s website (www.altronix.com) that enables users to quickly and easily find and compare the products they need. This tool provides a great way to compare the features and specifications of Altronix products. “Easy access to locating and comparing products provides a unique and valuable tool for system designers and installing dealers to help ensure they select the best products for their specific application,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix. “These versatile new website additions enable users to more readily find, evaluate and compare the Altronix products they need.” Comparing Altronix products couldn’t be easier. From the Altronix home page (www.altronix.com), click on “Product Finder” prominently featured on the top of page, and then select the product category of interest. Next, select a specific model from the list and then check the box next to the product image labeled “add to compare”. Up to 6 products can be selected per matrix. Then simply click on “compare” and the comparison matrix appears. The compiled information can be saved as a PDF or printed for future reference. It’s fast and easy. In addition to the new product finder and comparison tool, Altronix’s website offers a helpful Tech Tools page with useful tips, application notes and a calculator for determining voltage drops, power and battery requirements.

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