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Testing and Inspection for Sound and Communication Systems

Sound and communication systems play a critical role in ensuring the safety of employees and visitors in commercial buildings. In an emergency, quick and effective communication is essential to avoid potential harm and ensure the timely response of emergency responders. To ensure that your building’s sound and communication systems are functioning optimally, regular testing and inspection are crucial.

Sound and Communication Systems

Your building requires sound and communication systems that work cohesively with your fire and security systems. These should include internal and external sound, text, and visual notifications that are sent from a centralized location. Our clients have access to:

  • Localized notifications based on the type and severity of the threat
  • Emergency responder notification systems
  • Location tools to identify at-risk personnel and assets
  • Two-way voice communication for loud environments
  • Code compliance tools and support

There are a few different types of sound and communication systems that you can implement. 

Emergency communications

These notification systems are customized for your specific needs and location size. These include audible and visual notifications and text displays. These communication systems are used to alert people of events like natural disasters, fires, active shooters, and other emergency events.

PA and Intercom

These solutions can be utilized in multi-level buildings, campuses, warehouses and factories, airports, restaurants, and other shared-use spaces. PA and Intercom sound and communication systems can be live or pre-recorded, and offer 2-way communication through the speaker systems. These systems also allow for programmatic distribution, as well as audio transmission using LAN/WAN and internet connectivity.

Telephone Networks

Telephone networks are a sound and communication system that should not be overlooked. These systems help with communication on and off-site through telephone networks, as well as transferring calls off-site in case of incapacity of a site location.  Telephone networks can be integrated with these systems to incorporate intercoms, microphones, and loudspeakers. 

Wireless networks

Wireless networks utilize app-based technologies to remain in contact with on and off-site workers using existing wireless handsets. These networks allow alerts and emergency notifications to be delivered in real-time and integrated with other alert systems.


EVAC systems are an extremely reliable option as they can be used when voice communication is not required by code. Voice alerts have a higher success rate of getting people out of the building, therefore it’s important to share accurate, specific information that reinforces the evacuation instructions and increases evacuation response time and adherence.

How Can Commercial Property Owners Test and Inspect Sound and Communication Systems?

Commercial property owners can test and inspect sound and communication systems by following these steps:

Regular Maintenance: 

Schedule regular maintenance and checkups for the system to ensure it is functioning properly and all components are working correctly.

Visual Inspection: 

Conduct a visual inspection of the system components, including the speakers, control panels, and power supplies. Check for any damage, frayed wires, or loose connections that could affect the system’s performance.


Test the system by sounding the alarms and checking that the internal and external notifications are activated. Make sure the notifications are clear, concise, and provide the necessary information to occupants and visitors.

Code Compliance: 

Check that the sound and communication system is up-to-date and meets local and national codes and standards. Ensure that the system is compliant with fire codes and can quickly notify emergency responders in the event of an emergency.


Keep detailed records of all tests, inspections, and maintenance activities. Document any issues or concerns that arise during testing and keep track of any repairs or upgrades made to the system.

By following these steps, commercial property owners can ensure that their sound and communication systems are functioning properly and are able to provide the necessary information and warnings in an emergency situation.

Bring in the Experts

Bringing in the experts is a critical step in ensuring the effectiveness of your sound and communication system. Companies like Fortis offer comprehensive testing and inspection services that can ensure your system is functioning properly. 

We have a team of highly skilled technicians who are knowledgeable in the latest codes and standards and who are equipped with the latest testing equipment. By relying on the expertise of professionals, you can be confident that your system will perform as it should in an emergency and that your property is protected. In addition, a regular testing and inspection program can help to identify and resolve any potential issues before they become major problems, ensuring that your system is always in top working order.

In Conclusion

Regular testing and inspection of sound and communication systems can help to ensure that your building is ready for any emergency situation. It can also identify any potential weaknesses in the system, allowing building management to make necessary upgrades and improvements to enhance its performance.

Learn More About Fortis

At Fortis, we take a long-term view, investing in our people, growth, our own quality of service, and forward-thinking innovation. When you sell to us, you receive the flexibility to choose how long and in what capacity you remain with the company.Read on to learn more about our world-class acquisitions and to hear what one of our recent partners had to say about the process.

Retrofits and Fire Suppression Systems: What You Need to Know

As a commercial property owner, ensuring the safety and protection of your building and its occupants is of the utmost importance. That’s why retrofits are an essential aspect of maintaining the efficiency, functionality, and safety of your building. A retrofit refers to the process of upgrading or modifying an existing structure to meet current standards, regulations, and codes, or to improve energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. One type of retrofit that is becoming increasingly important is the retrofit of fire suppression systems. 

These systems play a critical role in ensuring the safety of your building and its occupants in the event of a fire. In this blog, we will delve into the basics of retrofits and fire suppression systems, including why they are important, the process of retrofitting your building with fire suppression systems, and the tax incentives available to commercial property owners who undertake such retrofits. Understanding the importance of retrofits and fire suppression systems is key to safeguarding your commercial property and its occupants.

Retrofits: An Overview

Retrofits refer to the process of upgrading or modifying an existing building, vehicle, or structure to improve its safety, efficiency, or functionality. Retrofits are typically done to bring older buildings, vehicles, or structures up to current standards, meet new regulations and codes, or to improve energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. The process of retrofitting involves adding new components, systems, or equipment to an existing structure, as well as making modifications to existing systems and features. 

This can include everything from upgrading heating and cooling systems, to adding insulation, to improving the electrical and plumbing systems. By retrofitting existing buildings, vehicles, and structures, we can help extend their useful lives, improve their safety, and reduce the environmental impact of their continued operation. In many cases, retrofits are also eligible for government incentives, making the process of upgrading existing structures even more cost-effective.

What is a Fire Suppression System?

A fire suppression system is a set of components and devices that work together to control and extinguish fires in buildings, vehicles, or other structures. These systems can include fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire suppression chemicals, among other components. The goal of a fire suppression system is to quickly detect and contain a fire, preventing its spread and minimizing damage to property and loss of life.

Fire Suppression Systems and Retrofits

When it comes to fire suppression systems, retrofitting is an important aspect to consider. This process involves the installation of new or additional fire safety equipment such as sprinklers, alarms, and fire suppression chemicals. It is typically done to comply with updated fire safety laws and building codes or to proactively enhance the fire safety of a building. The ultimate goal of retrofitting with fire suppression systems is to provide better protection against the spread of fire, minimize damage, and ensure the safety of occupants in the event of a fire.

In addition to the added safety benefits, business owners can also benefit from the tax incentives offered by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The act provides tax incentives for commercial property owners who retrofit their buildings with fire suppression systems, allowing them to fully deduct the cost of retrofitting up to $1.04 million and fully deduct the interest expenses of any associated loans. With these incentives, retrofitting fire suppression systems becomes a more attractive option for business owners looking to upgrade their existing systems and enhance fire safety for their buildings.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, retrofitting buildings with fire suppression systems is an important aspect of ensuring fire safety and protecting the lives and property of occupants. With the advancement in technology and building codes, it is essential to keep fire suppression systems updated to ensure they are functioning effectively and efficiently. The process of retrofitting is not only necessary for compliance with fire safety laws and building codes, but it can also offer added peace of mind for business owners and occupants alike.

Moreover, the tax incentives offered by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 provide a valuable opportunity for business owners to upgrade their existing fire suppression systems and enhance fire safety for their buildings. These incentives make retrofitting a more affordable and accessible option for business owners, ultimately benefiting the safety of everyone involved. Whether you’re a business owner or a homeowner, understanding the importance of retrofits and fire suppression systems is key to protecting your property and loved ones.

Our Services

At Fortis, we offer retrofit services for fire suppression systems. Our experienced technicians specialize in upgrading and modifying existing fire safety equipment to meet current standards, regulations, and codes, or to improve the efficiency and reliability of fire suppression systems. We understand the importance of fire safety and are committed to providing our clients with the best possible solutions to enhance the protection of their buildings and occupants. Whether you need to retrofit your sprinkler system, alarm system, or fire suppression chemicals, our team has the expertise and knowledge to get the job done right. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help retrofit your fire suppression system and ensure the safety of your property.

Learn More About Fortis

At Fortis, we take a long-term view, investing in our people, growth, our own quality of service, and forward-thinking innovation. When you sell to us, you receive the flexibility to choose how long and in what capacity you remain with the company.

Learn more about our services, here.Read on to learn more about our world-class acquisitions and to hear what one of our recent partners had to say about the process.

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Special Hazard Fire Protection System Service and Repair

When it comes to fire protection in your facility, there can be so much information to wade through. One important fire protection system that many industrial facilities, data centers, and hospitals should be familiar with is a special hazard fire protection system.

In this article, we’ll discuss what a special hazard fire protection system is, what types of facilities need them, and some of the agents and special hazard solutions your facility might employ.

Types of Special Hazard Fire Protection Systems

A special hazard fire protection system is any fire protection system that is designed to protect a particularly sensitive or valuable asset, or that is used in an application where fire sprinklers are not appropriate.

When compared with a traditional fire sprinkler system, special hazard fire protection systems have a few specific differences:

  • They have better fire detection capabilities, and can actuate faster
  • They make use of suppression agents that are safe for people and that do little damage to the assets or products in a building.
  • They require trained, qualified personnel for system design, service, and repair.

Special Hazard Fire Protection System: When do you need one?

While not every building or industry requires special hazard fire protection systems, there are a few instances when they are necessary. In general, you need a special hazard fire protection system when:

  • Your building or facility contains a valuable or sensitive asset. Data centers and art galleries are a great example of situations when a special hazard fire protection system might be required.
  • Your fire protection system needs to protect people. While fire sprinklers are okay for most residential buildings like apartment complexes, buildings like hospitals require special hazard fire protection to ensure that people are kept safe, especially when additional hazards, like oxygen tanks, are present.
  • Your facility has a higher risk of fire hazard. Some facilities and buildings, especially manufacturing and industrial facilities, carry a greater fire risk. In these situations, having a special hazard fire protection system in the building or within machines that can actuate and suppress fires quickly can prevent greater damage from occurring.

Special hazard fire systems actuate quickly, employ suppression agents that don’t damage materials and assets in your building, and work to prevent serious fires from happening in your facility.

Special Hazard Systems Fire Suppression Agents 

Special hazard systems are known for using fire suppression agents that mitigate damage to your facility and the assets in them. In general, most special hazard systems use clean agents to suppress fires without causing water damage or leaving behind a residue that can also damage sensitive equipment and assets.

Some of the fire suppression agents commonly used in special hazard fire protection systems include:

  • FM-200 — A non-toxic gas that works to remove the heat element of a fire. FM-200 uses heat adsorption to suppress fires without leaving a residue.
  • 3M Novec 1230 — Often used for data center and other electronic facility fire protection, Novec 1230 is colorless and non-toxic, suppressing fires without disrupting sensitive electronic components.
  • Ansul INERGEN — Another popular clean agent, Ansul INERGEN combines nitrogen, argon, and carbon dioxide to lower the oxygen content in a room. This disrupts the combustion process, while still leaving enough oxygen in the room for a person to breathe. As a result, INERGEN is one of the best special hazard fire suppression agents for applications where people are present.
  • CO2 — Carbon dioxide is another chemically inert gas that is particularly useful for safe fire suppression. Because it’s non-conductive, it’s also great for electronic applications. CO2 comes in both high and low pressure tanks to suit a variety of special hazards, but is best employed in unoccupied facilities.
  • Water Mist Systems — Water mist systems are also commonly used in special hazard fire protection, as they provide the same, safe-for-people fire suppression qualities while mitigating the level of water damage done to assets and objects within a building.

There are a number of fire suppression agents designed to support critical asset protection. Choosing the right agent will depend on your assets, your location, and your special hazard fire protection system, which is why it’s always best to consult with a special hazard fire protection expert before making a decision.

Features of Special Hazard Fire Protection Systems

While fire suppression agents are important, another key feature of many special hazard fire protection systems is advanced detection and control. For applications that require high-level fire suppression, it’s important to suppress fires as they start. The more quickly a fire is suppressed, the less damage that occurs. For that reason, many special hazard fire protection systems also employ fire prevention technologies that detect fires in early stages. A few of the detection components available for special hazard fire protection systems include:

  • Visual Flame Detectors — Explosion-proof visual flame detectors process live video images to sense the characteristic properties of flames. When a flame is detected, the special hazard fire protection system is automatically actuated.
  • Fire Detection Tubing — Fire detection tubing is typically installed in small enclosures where there is a high risk of fire, or where there are mission-critical assets, like in machine enclosures. When a fire is detected, the tubing can immediately suppress the fire with a clean suppression agent.
  • Air Sampling Smoke Detectors — Air sampling smoke detectors actively draw in and monitor air quality to sense smoke. Because they are drawing in air, rather than waiting for smoke to pass by their sensors, they are able to detect fires at their earliest stages, where they can be quickly suppressed before any serious damage occurs.
  • Digital Linear Heat Detection — Similar to fire detection tubing, linear heat detection can detect heat anywhere along the length of the system. When heat above normal operating temperatures is sensed, the system actuates to protect your building, your people, and your assets.

The Fortis family of brands is proud to supply industry-leading specialized fire detection systems, from the Micropack Visual Flame Detection system to Firetrace fire detection tubing, Protectowire linear heat detection, and the VESDA Air Sampling Smoke Detection system. View our page on specialized fire detection for more information.

Whether you’re looking for fire protection for a data center, a manufacturing facility, or a piece of heavy machinery, it’s important to know that special hazard solutions are available to keep your people and your products safe.

If you have more questions about special hazard fire protection systems, the Fortis family of brands is your go-to resource. We design, install, service, and repair special hazard fire protection systems of every kind, and our experts would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. For more information about what special hazard fire protection systems are and how they work, or for help servicing your system, get in touch with our team!

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Special Hazards Require Special Solutions

Fortis highly recommends implementing special solutions into your fire safety plan to tackle special hazards.

To determine what type of special solution your building requires, it helps to understand the meaning of a special hazard. Let’s dive in!

What is a Special Hazard? 

A special hazard can be defined as areas that require special hazard fire equipment and fire alarms. 

Building owners should note that special hazards are not specific fire hazards that occur as a result of certain situations or triggers, such as a flammable liquid being too close to a heat source. 

In fact, a special hazard can be a building, area, room, or a piece of equipment. NFPA Code 470 highlights hazardous materials standards for responders. A special hazard is anything from a building, material, or piece of equipment that can cause a fire in an abnormal way.  

From a fire protection perspective, certain industries bring about additional challenges in the fire safety realm. 

Where Are Special Hazards Common?

Special hazards are generally found in places like data centers, telecommunications, power generation, manufacturing and testing facilities, machinery spaces, and healthcare facilities.

 A typical fire alarm and sprinkler system simply won’t cut it for these types of buildings. 

Special Hazard Solutions

Special hazard solutions include smoke, fire and heat detection and control supported with a fire suppression system. This system will typically use a dry suppressant agent.

These solutions are designed to rapidly detect fire or heat, produce a quick warning and utilize the appropriate agent to control the fire.

Types of Special Hazards

Let’s review some of the types of special hazards so you know what to expect and if you’re protected. 

Oil Fire

An oil fire is an example of a special hazard that requires a special solution. UCLA Health lists an oil fire as “Class B.” This includes, “flammable liquids such as alcohol, ether, oil, gasoline, and grease, which are best extinguished by smothering.” 

Oil fires often start in commercial kitchens, areas where spontaneous combustion can occur, or areas where high-temperature work is done. Learn more about the hazards of kitchens in our blog, “Kitchens: More than a place to steal your coworker’s lunch.” 

Because kitchens are such a hot spot for hazards, the NFPA requires many inspections and equipment guidelines to help prevent oil fires from occurring. NFPA Code 31 is listed as the Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment, which provides the starting point for special solutions.  

How to Extinguish An Oil Fire

In the event of an oil fire, DO NOT use water. We repeat, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE WATER. Adding water to an oil fire will make the fire grow and become a greater danger. This is where the difference between fire suppression vs. fire sprinklers is important to understand. 

Special Solutions: Fire Suppression Systems

Fire suppression systems are part of the magical formula for dealing with special hazards. Let’s review some of the systems that Fortis specializes in.

Clean Agents

Clean agent fire suppression is a term used to describe the use of inert gasses to extinguish a fire. These systems have three main components: 

  • Smoke Detector
  • Control Panel
  • Notification Devices

When a smoke detector is triggered, it sends a signal to the control panel which alerts the notification devices, activating the release devices to suppress the fire. 

How Do Clean Agents Work?

Clean agent fire suppression systems are fast-acting and most effective at protecting sensitive equipment and environments because they are designed to suppress the fire in its incipient stage. They are electronically nonconducting and unlike water, they won’t ruin electronics or electrical components. 

They are most often found in server rooms, record and file repositories, and data centers that require an increased level of protection to prevent unnecessary and accidental discharge of systems.

Extra Information on Clean Agents

Inert gasses: Nitrogen, argon, and carbon dioxide work together by lowering oxygen content in a room below the level that supports combustion, while still allowing a person to breathe keeping your environment and your personnel safe. 

Fluorocarbon-based extinguishers are described as “clean agents” as they do not leave any oily residues, particulates, or water damage and rapidly extinguish fires with a superb weight to effectiveness ratio.

These extinguishing agents are also safe to use in occupied spaces and offer unique advantages in speed, performance, and safety. 

CO2 Systems

C02 is an effective method of extinguishing a wide range of flammable and combustible materials in both surface and deep-seated fires. Carbon dioxide is a colorless and odorless three-dimensional clean agent. It is typically harmless to equipment, materials, and property preventing excessive damage to equipment and your facility in the event of a discharge. 

How Do CO2 Systems Work?

There are high and low-pressure CO2 systems. High-pressure systems use individual storage cylinders ranging from 35 lbs to 120 lbs. Low-pressure C02 systems are ideal for non-occupied fire hazards requiring large amounts of extinguishing agents in a limited space. 

Wet Chemicals

Extinguishing methods of wet chemical suppression systems are specific to the type of cooking fire that may occur in a commercial kitchen. When triggered, the system immediately discharges a liquid that, when sprayed onto the fire, cools the flames almost instantaneously.

When this liquid comes into contact with oils and fats, it creates a foam that cools the affected area and prevents the spread and the potential of reignition. 

Dry Chemical

Dry chemical is a type of fire protection system that makes use of a dry chemical powder to extinguish a fire. Most dry chemical fire suppression systems use a large tank that is filled with dry chemical powder, which is then pressurized. 

A Final Note

If your business functions in one of the environments discussed above, ensuring that you have special solutions to protect against special hazards is imperative. 
For more information, check out our fire protection solutions, here.

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How to Avoid the Most Common Fire Sprinkler Obstructions

Fire sprinkler obstructions can hinder the effectiveness of any fire protection system, resulting in costly damages. Luckily, building owners can take steps to prevent these obstructions to ensure their fire system is protecting their commercial property at the highest level of efficiency.

Let’s dive into how to avoid the most common fire sprinkler obstructions; but first, let’s review what fire sprinkler obstructions are and why they happen.

What is a Fire Sprinkler Obstruction?

A fire sprinkler obstruction is any material that causes partial or full blockage of a pipe and prevents water from flowing through.

As you can guess, these blockages stop fire sprinkler systems from doing their job in the event of a fire. Think: If the correct amount of water can’t flow through the pipe properly, the fire system is not able to release the amount of water necessary to reduce heat, flames, and smoke quickly.

Therefore, fire sprinkler obstructions can lead to increased damage to property and even put lives at risk.

Read on for more information about fire protection systems.

What Causes Fire Sprinkler Obstructions? 

Pipes in fire sprinkler systems can be as small as 1” in diameter. This considered, it doesn’t take much to cause a blockage! Obstructions can be caused by many objects and materials, but some occur more frequently than others. The most common fire sprinkler obstructions are:

  • Ice
  • Corrosion
  • Foreign materials

Let’s review each of these in detail and take a look at some strategies on how to prevent these blockages.

Ice Blockages

When temperatures dip below 32°F, water in pipes may freeze and create blockages in your fire sprinkler system. Water can freeze into solid ice plugs, which can damage your system and prevent water from flowing through the pipes.

Many building owners assume that ice plugs only occur during the winter months; however, ice can form in pipes at any time of year because ice plugs occur most often based on their surroundings in a building, not weather. For example, ice plugs most commonly occur in sprinkler systems surrounded by storage or freezer systems.

How to Avoid Ice Plugs in Fire Sprinkler Systems

Building owners can prevent ice plugs by dehumidifying air supplied into the sprinkler system. Most ice plugs are caused by the air supply being cooled as it travels from a heated area into an extremely cold environment, such as near a freezer system.

Moisture collects in the air and freezes once the condensation reaches the cold environment. 

By dehumidifying the air going into the system, owners can prevent condensation from freezing and turning into an ice plug. Additionally, building owners can take measures to ensure their system is air-tight. 


The combination of metal, water, and oxygen in some systems makes it extremely difficult to avoid corrosion entirely. Although corrosion is common in fire sprinkler systems, it usually doesn’t pose a significant risk. 

However, when corrosion becomes extreme, obstruction can occur. A few types of corrosion that commonly obstruct fire sprinkler systems include:

  • Iron oxide corrosion (i.e. Rust)
  • Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), and
  • Galvanic corrosion

How to Avoid Corrosion in Fire Sprinkler Systems

Building owners can install a system that maintains an extremely high level of pure nitrogen to combat corrosion. While these systems can’t reverse existing corrosion, they can help to prevent corrosion from becoming extreme and causing obstructions.

Foreign Materials

Raw or poorly filtered water sources may lead to foreign materials entering and obstructing pipes in a fire sprinkler system. For example, water from rivers or ponds may carry sands or stones. Even if these materials are extremely fine, they can still build up and cause a blockage.

How to Avoid Foreign Materials in Fire Sprinkler Systems

Building owners can prevent foreign materials from blocking pipes in their sprinkler systems by correctly filtering their water source and understanding specific risks a source may pose.

How to Know if Your Fire Sprinkler System is Obstructed 

Fire sprinkler systems often don’t show signs of obstruction, which means building owners may not know there is an issue until it’s too late (AKA your system doesn’t work properly when there’s a fire…)

Because of this, the best way to know if your building’s fire sprinkler system is functioning properly is to have the system assessed and inspected. Fire protection system assessments can help property owners determine what repairs are needed to ensure their system will protect their building in the event of a fire.

Not sure if you need servicing? Read on to learn more about how often fire protection systems should be serviced.

Worried Your Fire Sprinkler System Might Have An Obstruction?

Let Fortis help—fortify your building with reliable fire protection systems inspected and maintained by the experts at Fortis!

When systems or devices need maintenance, we most often can send a repair technician to you within 24 hours (and sooner in emergencies!) Our goal at Fortis is to be proactive, staying ahead of the curve.
Read on for more information about our testing and inspection services.

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Fire System Inspection and Repair: Staying Up To Code and In Compliance

According to U.S. Fire Administration,  out of the 100,000 fires that occur annually, 52% of the larger fires in commercial properties occur in buildings that either:

  • Do not have smoke detectors
  • The smoke detectors do not function properly

If your building’s fire system is being regularly inspected and is up to code, it significantly decreases the probability that your property will be destroyed in the event of a fire. 

To help you prepare, we’ve broken down what a fire system inspection is, outlined some common fire code violations as well as offered some tips on how to stay up to code and in compliance. 

What Is a Fire System Inspection?

A fire inspection is a process in which the fire department inspects a building or property to identify and access potential fire safety hazards. 

How Often Should Fire System Inspections Occur?

According to the NFPA code, inspections of your fire and life safety systems are required to occur on a quarterly and annual basis. 

What is NFPA Code?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has over 300 codes and standards that apply to nearly all buildings, services, installations, and processes. NFPA codes are designed to reduce or minimize the effects of fires and other safety risks. 

What Will Be On My Inspection Report?

Your inspection report will include:

  • The location of every device in the building
  • Whether each device passed or failed inspection
  • The reasons why each device passed or failed inspection
  • Date and time stamps of when each device was inspected
  • Device inventory 
  • Device warranty status
  • Indication of the length of time devices have been in service
  • Verification of report results

Consider using a professional fire safety service to inspect your property–and make sure you didn’t miss anything–to ensure your building is up-to-code and in compliance. 

Do All Fire System Components Need to Be Checked With The Same Frequency?

In the same way that the brakes in your car should get checked every six months but your oil should be checked every few weeks, some components of a fire system need to be checked more often than others. 

For example, a fire pump may require weekly or monthly inspections whereas sprinkler systems may only need a quarterly check. 

What Fire Code Violations Should I Look Out For?

We’re so glad you asked. According to the NFPA,  the most common fire code violations are:

  • Blocked exits or fire doors
  • Extension cords
  • Improper storage
  • Exit signs and faulty lighting
  • Fire extinguisher issues
  • Broken smoke detectors
  • Improper records
  • Hanging items from sprinkler heads or pipes
  • Fire alarms or pull stations not working
  • Incorrect sprinkler system
  • Blocked valves or exterior access points

Learn more about understanding inspections and maintenance for your building, here.

How Do Repairs Affect My Fire Code Compliance?

Components of the fire system needing repair can result in your property being out of compliance and penalized with hefty fines. And, as you can see from our list of common code violations, components in need of repair –ranging from broken smoke detectors, fire alarms, and pulls stations to faulty lighting– aren’t a rare occurrence. 

Avoid the penalties and let us help with repairs to make sure your building is safe and up to code. 

Tips for Staying Up To Code and In Compliance

Keep Hallways and Storage Areas Clear

Clutter and disorganized spaces can serve as both fuel for the fire as well as block emergency exits. Clean up messes, such as piles of cardboard boxes or papers, that may fuel a fire and move large objects, such as furniture, out of the path of a fire exit. 

 Properly Dispose of Combustible and Flammable Materials

These materials could be a safety risk to your building. Follow protocols in disposing of items such as cooled ashes and oiled rags.

Create and Post an Evacuation Plan

Designing and posting an evacuation plan can lead to a more efficient evacuation in the event of a fire. The plan and escape route information should be posted in the public areas of your building to familiarize residents and employees with safety precautions. 

Work with a Professional Fire Protection Company 

Ensure your building is safe and up to fire protection code compliance by partnering with a company that specializes in fire protection. While these tips can get you started in ensuring your building is in compliance with over 300 NFPA codes and standards, the rules can get complicated quickly– especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Luckily, we do. 

Consider Fortis

Let Fortis help—fortify your building with reliable fire protection systems inspected and maintained by the experts at Fortis!

When systems or devices need maintenance, we most often can send a repair technician to you within 24 hours (and sooner in emergencies!) Our goal at Fortis is to be proactive, staying ahead of the curve.
Read on for more information about our testing and inspection services.