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…
Unless you’re in the fire safety business, you may not even notice the fire extinguishers placed securely in the hallways of your business. But these fire suppression systems can be a great asset in protecting your company in the event of fire. Reports have even shown that portable fire extinguishers are effective at extinguishing small fires about 95% of the time. “Time and time again, portable fire extinguishers have proven to be the most effective means of defense against fires of limited size,” the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED) noted. “NAFED’s latest survey regarding the effectiveness of portable fire extinguishers was completed in early 2010. The survey is based on the performance of 10,432 extinguishers on 4,633 incidents of which 4,401 were fires. Of the 4,401 fires reported, portable fire extinguishers successfully extinguished 4,216 fires (95%). A single fire extinguisher was used to extinguish the fire in 3,339…
Watching one broadcast of the local nightly news in either Tulsa or Oklahoma City demonstrates how much of a necessity it is that business owners install a reliable surveillance system on their property. Sadly, security systems are now essential for every business. But how do you choose the best surveillance system for your particular business? At Mac Systems in both Tulsa or OKC, we can evaluate your property’s specific security needs and design a custom security system to best fit those needs. And by staying on top of the latest developments in surveillance technology, we can provide you with the most reliable and most cost-effective security solution possible. For instance, one of our vendors recently released a new surveillance camera that offers numerous security and cost benefits. Arecont Vision®, a leading manufacturer of high-performance megapixel IP cameras, recently announced a new product in its favored MicroDome® camera series – the…
Wet or Dry Fire Sprinkler Systems – Which is Best for Your Business? Fire sprinkler systems are often a matter of code compliance for many Oklahoma businesses, but these fire suppression systems are also a huge asset to a business as well. They can greatly mitigate the damage caused by a fire, often by containing the fire or even extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives on the scene. And of course, they can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death from a fire. But choosing the right fire sprinkler system is important to get the most benefit from these suppression systems. Is a wet fire sprinkler system better than a dry sprinkler system? Which would best suit your company’s needs? Or would a different system be the optimal choice? Let’s first explain the basics of each system. In a wet fire sprinkler system, water is continually present…
Of course, we all hope that we never have to face a natural disaster, or worse yet, an active shooter situation, but would our campus - whether an educational center or a commercial enterprise - be ready in the event of an emergency? Sadly, both the threat of violent attacks and natural disasters as well as other types of emergencies have increased in recent years.  According to reports from the FBI, there were 20 active shooter incidents each year in 2014 and 2015, an increase from 17 in 2013. And a 14-year study from 2000-2013 tragically revealed that these active shooter incidents have more than doubled, from an annual average of 6.4 to 16.4 during the time period of the study. This 14-year study also showed that “70% of the incidents occurred in either a commerce/business or educational environment.” Natural disasters have also increased dramatically. “There were three times as…
Oklahoma weather – it’s unpredictable to say the least.  As we move into the spring storm season, most Oklahomans are familiar with the precautions we need to take against these unpredictable storms. But one area businesses need to consider regarding storms is how their company’s fire and security alarm monitoring system works. Will the alarm monitoring system be reliable in the event of storm? If your company has MacNet Wireless Monitoring in Tulsa or Oklahoma City, you can confidently answer yes! Why is that? Reliable Radio Communications MacNet operates on a standalone, private mesh radio communications network that uses radio frequencies specific to our hardware to transmit signals wirelessly. This mesh network operates on a redundancy of multiple signal pathways to ensure the signal always reaches the central station. Thus, these radio signals can either go directly from the subscriber to the central station or they can “hop” through a…