False alarms, also known as “nuisance alarms,” can actually cause more than just a simple nuisance or irritation to your Tulsa or Oklahoma City business. False alarms can significantly impact the security of your business over time and more importantly the safety and security of the community in general if authorities are prevented from responding to real emergencies by these false alarms. Thus, it’s important for business owners to remain watchful for what could cause their security system to trigger a false burglar alarm. False alarms can have many causes. Keep in mind these tips to prevent false alarms in your business. Regular training can prevent most false alarms. One of the most common causes of false burglar alarms is the user entering the wrong code on the security system keypad. Thus, make sure all new employees and any vendors or other after-hours staff who you authorize to have the…
Sadly, just this week at least 17 people lost their lives and dozens more were injured in a high-rise apartment fire in London, England. High-rise buildings pose difficult challenges to life safety in the event of a fire, but there are steps building owners, employers, and landlords can take to prevent a fire and ensure their occupants are as safe as possible in the event of a fire. On average, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) noted in their latest high-rise fire report that the fire death rate and average loss per fire in high-rise buildings is generally lower than in other buildings used for the same purposes because of the greater use of fire protection systems in these buildings compared to shorter buildings. “High-rise fires are more likely to have fire detection, sprinklers and to be built of fire-resistive construction and are less likely to spread beyond the room…
We know crime in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City is a huge problem. We hear reports of businesses getting robbed nearly every week. So, of course, security is a big concern for most business owners. And restaurants have unique challenges when it comes to securing their facilities. That’s why having an up-to-date security system is vital for those in the restaurant industry. In addition to preventing a robbery, there are numerous other security and productivity benefits to installing network surveillance cameras in businesses that specialize in the fast-paced world of hospitality like restaurants. “Going beyond traditional surveillance, Axis’ network video solutions are cross functional — meaning you can take advantage of benefits across your whole business,” our vendor Axis Communications noted. Improve management capabilities with centralized monitoring. Installing a system of network surveillance cameras in your restaurants can allow your senior management to monitor all stores from a centralized location.…
The benefits of having fire sprinklers in your home and business are overwhelming. Just last month, a mother and her child in Oklahoma City were saved when fire sprinklers in their apartment put out a fire that had them trapped inside. “In fact, sprinklers cut the risk of dying in a home fire by an astounding 80 percent,” the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) noted. But despite these statistics, some are reluctant to install sprinkler systems in their new construction homes and apartments or have them installed in their businesses. Why is that? Myths about how fire sprinkler systems work still abound. Often, people think that sprinklers may be more trouble than they’re worth, or they may not feel like sprinklers are needed in their commercial building or home. But the reality is quite the opposite. So, what is the truth about how these fire suppression systems work? If one sprinkler…
Most business owners understand how vital it is to have an alarm monitoring service for their company.  Fire alarms or security systems in themselves can only send for help as far as the alarm can be heard in or near the building. Thus, to adequately protect a company, fire or burglar alarms must be monitored by an outside source, preferably 24 hours a day. But which Tulsa or Oklahoma City alarm monitoring service is right for your business? And should you choose a local or national monitoring company? A growing number of Oklahoma business owners are choosing MacNet wireless alarm monitoring to watch over their facilities. This local commercial alarm monitoring service offers a number of cost-saving and reliability benefits.   A more dependable monitoring system. The MacNet alarm monitoring system offers a much more reliable way of monitoring your business because of its wireless mesh radio technology. MacNet transceivers…
Fire sprinkler systems are “highly effective and reliable elements” of a fire protection system, as the NFPA noted. They are key components in providing life safety and property protection for businesses. According to an NFPA report, fire sprinklers were effective in 87% of fires large enough to activate them. But regular testing, inspections, and maintenance are crucial to these fire protection systems working at all. According to the same 2013 NFPA report, when fire sprinklers failed to operate, the main reason (64% of the time) was that the system was merely shutoff before the fire began. And when the sprinklers did operate but were not effective at controlling or extinguishing the fire, it was mainly due to an insufficiency of water, either because the water did not reach the fire (44% of cases) or because not enough water was released (30% of cases). These cases of failure demonstrate two areas…
As security threats continue to increase in today’s world, it’s vital that companies in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City make their facilities as secure as possible, not only to protect their property but also to protect their employees and customers. Access control systems make it easy to manage who can gain entry to your business and when they are allowed entry. Increased security is of course one reason to add access control to your security profile, but these systems also provide numerous other productivity and economic advantages. Imagine never having to change the locks again. This is just one of the benefits of installing an access control system in your business. With traditional keys, if one disgruntled employee leaves without returning the keys to your building, all the locks would need changed. But electronic access control systems using smart cards or biometrics can easily be programmed to remove access to…
Business operations often change over time – new products are made, different materials are used in manufacturing, storage needs change, or maybe a once open warehouse is now used as an office. Whatever the occupancy or operational change, business owners may not realize that these changes often may require a change in their fire protection system to protect their employees, their property and to remain code compliant. And not changing a fire protection system to meet the new changes in occupancy can have dire consequences. In 2015, a General Electric storage warehouse fire caused an estimated $110 million in damage – damages intensified by “deficiencies in the complex’s water-based fire protection system,” the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Journal showed in a recent article. Over time the warehouse had changed from originally manufacturing air conditioners to using the space mostly to store appliance parts like metal bolts, rubber belts, and…
When you think of intercoms, do you just think of an old-fashioned speaker plate or box that’s full of static? Well, times have changed. Today, intercom systems are so much more advanced, and they can offer many security features to keep your Tulsa or Oklahoma City business safe. But how can an intercom system make your employees and clients safer? “When it comes to providing a secure environment for your employees, for your customers, for your visitors, good communication is a key element,” Piet de Vriendt, a spokesman for our vendor STENTOFON Communications, noted. “You need to be able to listen and to speak to people in order to provide the necessary level of security on your premises, whether it is a person in distress or a person that needs information . . .” Today’s commercial intercom systems offer an array of sophisticated features so that you can effectively communicate with…
While conventional fire detectors will alert occupants of a proliferating fire, giving them time to escape, these detectors may not always provide adequate warning to prevent fire or smoke damage. That’s why aspirating smoke detection (ASD) systems were created. These fire detection systems can detect a potential fire before it even breaks out, thus greatly minimizing or even preventing costly damage and business downtime. But how could a fire detection system alert you of a fire in its incipient stage? Aspirating smoke detection systems continually sample the quality of the air by drawing air through a piping system to check for finite smoke particles. Highly-sensitive sensors and advanced algorithms can determine a real fire hazard and reject environmental conditions that could cause false alarms. When the ASD system determines that there are typical fire patterns present, it will signal the fire alarm control panel to initiate the appropriate response.  The…