As a business owner, you know that challenges tend to occur when you least expect them. This is true for financial setbacks, market changes, maintenance troubles, and security concerns. And although most business owners do their best to preemptively act, many neglect to secure their business against one of the most devastating emergencies their commercial property can experience—fires. No one ever expects that a fire can happen to them, but it’s important to be proactive to ensure that your business doesn’t go up in flames. Keep reading to learn more about commercial fire protection and how it can benefit your business.
Top Causes of Workplace Fires
Fire in commercial buildings is far more common than you might think, and it’s important to understand the most common causes so that you can educate yourself and those with access to your building.
Faulty Electrical Equipment
If your property operates as a factory, warehouse, or office space with lots of electrical equipment, you are particularly vulnerable to a workplace fire. Even something as mundane as a printer can suffer from defective wiring that may cause a spark. To prevent this, it’s mandatory that a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) is conducted on all electrical equipment in a workplace to ensure that it is not a safety hazard.
People make mistakes and, however unintentional a mistake may be, the repercussions can be grave. Something as simple as accidentally putting aluminum foil in the microwave or carelessly handling equipment can do a lot of damage. To avoid this kind of commercial fire, the best thing you can do is educate your employees on appropriate fire safety practices and make sure that you have plenty of fire extinguishers available around the work area.
While everyone likes to think that no one would ever have malicious intent against them or their business, the fact of the matter is that deliberately starting fires is more common than most people think. To prevent this, installing a comprehensive commercial security system is essential. If your commercial property is outfitted with security cameras, alarms, and 24/7 monitoring, criminals are far less likely to target you.
Fire Alarm Features & Benefits
A fire alarm system is essential, even for the smallest of businesses. Here are some of our fire protection services that commercial properties may benefit from:
Featured with self-diagnostics, these advanced alarms will immediately send a message to your control panel and sound an alarm the moment smoke is detected.
Duct Smoke Detectors
In an effort to detect fires and prevent gases and toxins from spreading throughout your property, smoke detectors are installed in the air ducts connecting to your HVAC system.
Fire Horns and Strobes
Perfect for the hearing-impaired, these advanced devices use a combination of audible and visual systems to alert a building’s occupants to a fire condition.
Waterflow and Tamper Switches
Used to regulate overhead sprinkler systems, these hi-tech switches monitor the flow of water to your sprinkler heads and prevent tampering or incorrect valve settings.
Increased Evacuation Time
Fire alarm systems are designed to signal occupants in a building to evacuate the property as soon as possible. Our systems are capable of sensing the early stages of a fire to give your employees the maximum time to evacuate.
Wherever you are, rest assured that your fire alarm system is being monitored day and night by our central station. Once an alarm is triggered, expert personnel will contact you to confirm the emergency and, if needed, the local fire department.
Limiting Fire Damage
Our state-of-the-art fire alarm systems are capable of detecting the earliest stages of a fire, which can limit the amount of damage your property receives. Additionally, all Mesa Alarm products are capable of fully-integrating with systems from other brands; regardless of what your current security systems are, you can be assured that they’ll work seamlessly with Mesa Alarms.
Request a Consultation with Mesa Alarms
The safety of your business is just as important to us as it is to you. With our monitored fire alarms and security systems, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your business is safe. Want to learn more about the best commercial fire protection for Houston business owners? Make safety a priority and contact us today.