Avoid These 5 Common Fire Sprinkler Problems

If you own or operate a business, you know you need to install a quality fire sprinkler system, and you need to have that system inspected regularly. Failure to do so doesn’t just violate National Fire Protection Association regulations (NFPA 25), it puts the safety of everyone at your facility in jeopardy.

At AMC Fire Protection, we install, inspect and repair commercial fire sprinkler systems throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. If your system is in need of an inspection, give our team a call today to schedule a visit or request a quote. 

To help you prepare for a successful inspection, here’s a list of five common issues we encounter with the systems we service.

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Tips to Ensure Your Sprinkler System Does Its Job

If your office or facility were to experience a fire today, would your current sprinkler system activate and contain the fire? 95% of the time, your sprinkler system will do precisely what it’s supposed to do. However, there are still several things you can do to boost your chances of success even more. Courtesy of AMC Fire Protection, your source for commercial fire sprinkler systems in Philadelphia, check out these tips that you as an owner or manager can act on to make sure your investment never goes up in flames. Continue reading “Tips to Ensure Your Sprinkler System Does Its Job”

Get a Top-Notch Installation From Our Sprinkler System Experts

When it comes to the fire protection equipment in your building, such as fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems, you hope you’re never going to have to use them. But if you do have to use them, you shouldn’t just hope they work; you should be sure.

And if you’re a business owner in the area of Philadelphia, PA, you can know your sprinkler system is ready for fire protection with an inspection from AMC Fire Protection.  

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Have You Had Your Fire Extinguisher Tested Lately? It Might Need Repair, Replacement, or Refilling

For more than 30 years, AMC Fire Protection has been inspecting and repairing fire suppression equipment, including fire extinguisher inspection in Philadelphia, PA, Burlington County, and other locations in the tri-state area of NJ, PA, and DE.  

One of the most basic, and important, pieces of fire suppression equipment is your fire extinguisher. The National Fire Protection Association requires all businesses to have them, but there are further regulations regarding what types you need and where you need to keep them.

1. Consulting

Our fire extinguisher service has helped businesses in Burlington County, Philadelphia, and other locations in NJ, PA, and DE through every step of the process, and we can help your business get safer, too:

Different environments need different types of fire extinguishers, and we’ll tell you which type of extinguisher is best for your business. From Stored-Pressure Water Portable extinguishers to Wet Chemical Hand Portables, from Class A to Class K, we know all there is to know about fire extinguishers, and we can help you make the right decision about which type to get and the best place to install it.

2. Fire Extinguisher Inspection

Part of AMC’s fire extinguisher service is providing inspections to make sure your extinguishers stay ready to use if needed. We conduct hydrostatic testing to identify any leaks or cracks in the extinguisher’s shell, and if the tests show that your business needs a new fire extinguisher, we can quickly and conveniently install a new one so your building does not stay in violation of fire codes.

3. Repair and Recharging

Keeping your fire extinguishers in perfect working condition is critical to the safety of your business and employees. Even something that looks as minor as a dent or some rust can affect the extinguisher’s performance. And if you’ve used your extinguisher recently, or the pressure gauge needle has fallen below the green zone, it needs refilling. This is called recharging, and it’s a simple process we perform to make the fire extinguisher function the way it should.   

Here at AMC Fire Protection, we’ve been living by our motto, “Protecting Life and Property,” and keeping businesses in Philadelphia, Burlington County, and other locations in NJ, PA, and DE protected for more than 30 years. Let us help you keep your business safe by calling us at (856) 608-7878.

4 Common Causes of Fire Sprinkler Malfunctions

We all know how critical it is to have proper fire protection, especially for offices and larger commercial facilities where they may be numerous fire hazards. That’s why AMC Fire Protection is dedicated to helping our customers stay safe and up-to-code with our premier fire protection services. Continue reading “4 Common Causes of Fire Sprinkler Malfunctions”

Your Essential Guide to Small Business Fire Safety Laws

Whether you’re just beginning to get your small business off the ground or you’ve been managing your establishment for decades, it can never hurt to have a refresher on the basic rules and guidelines for commercial fire safety. Courtesy of AMC Fire Protection, your source for first-class fire protection services in Burlington County, NJ, and other local areas, we present our guide to help you make your operation safe, secure, and fire code compliant. Continue reading “Your Essential Guide to Small Business Fire Safety Laws”

6 Tips to Prevent Your Dry Sprinkler System from Freezing

We may be leaving the holidays behind us, but winter is only just beginning, particularly here on the East Coast. In the spirit of the chilly months that still lie ahead, we at AMC Fire Protection, your source for fire protection services in Atlantic County, are continuing with our theme of how to maintain and care for your dry sprinkler systems. Continue reading “6 Tips to Prevent Your Dry Sprinkler System from Freezing”

An Overview of Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems

When you’re running or managing a restaurant, one of your first priorities is the safety of your employees and customers, making it critical to have a working knowledge of the fire suppression systems that are available.

In addition to hand-held fire extinguishers, every restaurant ought to have a fire suppression system that meets their establishment’s particular needs. In this month’s blog, AMC Fire Protection is presenting you with a quick rundown of what you need to know about restaurant fire suppression systems.

How a Restaurant Fire Suppression System Works

Different brands provide slightly different features, though most suppression systems will provide the standard basic features. The suppression system connects to both the hood over the cooking station and the gas line running through; when tripped, the gas line automatically shuts off to kill the fuel source.

Meanwhile, the nozzles on the cooking station hood will discharge a specially designed water-based chemical containing a compound designed to fight grease fires. As the extinguished fire produces a fair amount of smoke, the hood will kick on to remove any smoke from the kitchen.

Different systems will have distinct ways of detecting a fire, so be sure to consider this when choosing your system. Further, make sure that manual activation comes as an option for your restaurant’s unit in case the fire does not trigger the system at a moment of need.

Choosing the System That’s Right for Your Restaurant

Suppression systems come in a broad range of size variants. The system is normally a part of the current kitchen hood. Every six months, your AMC Fire Protection service providers will inspect the system to ensure that it is up to code, and adjust nozzles and make repairs as necessary. While no two restaurants are identical, most kitchens share similar features, making the setup rather simple and customizable to fit your restaurant’s needs.

Ready for your next fire protection system inspection? To ensure that your restaurant’s fire protection system is up to code, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at AMC Fire Protection today by calling us toll-free at 1-877-781-7878.

Preparing Your Business’s Fire Protection System for Winter

Fall marks the season when businesses across the country begin to prepare their facilities for the cold winter weather. From roof repairs to heating system maintenance business owners who operate in areas that experience harsh winters know that it’s better to be safe than sorry. But even with all of the preparation, many business owners forget one of the most important things which is preventive maintenance for their fire protection systems.

As temperatures start to drop, fire sprinkler systems become more vulnerable to freezing pipes which will render them useless if a fire were to occur. Winterizing your fire protection system can not only saves lives in the event of an emergency but also save you from having to foot the bill for costly repairs due to bursting pipes and water damage. If you haven’t already had your fire sprinkler system inspected and tested this year there is still time left for you to have your system professionally maintenanced before winter arrives.

While there is no way to get around having your fire protection system professionally inspected, there are a few steps you can take to prevent yours from freezing this winter.

  • Seal any cracks or holes in walls and roof that can let in cold air
  • Keep the building entrance doors closed when not in use
  • Replace insulation in areas where it is too thin to defend against the cold
  • Periodically check the antifreeze levels in your system to ensure that they are not diluted (if applicable)
  • Routinely check the temperature of your system to ensure that it never falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit

What to Expect From a Professional System Inspection

Depending on which fire protection system your facility has, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has specific requirements for how often your system needs to be inspected. Some systems need to be inspected weekly while others are required to be inspected either monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually, or every five years. When you choose AMC Fire Protection for your facility’s inspection and preventive maintenance service you can expect the following:

  • Comprehensive inspection of your system’s:
    • Valves
    • Gauges
    • Fire department connections
    • Alarms
    • Pipes
    • Sprinkler heads
    • Fittings
    • Water supply
  • Testing of your systems antifreeze fluid (if applicable)
  • Identification and repair of any damaged or non-working parts

Contact AMC Fire Protection today by calling (856) 608-7878 or toll-free at 877-781-7878 to schedule preventive maintenance services for your facility’s fire protection system.