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…
Spring seems to have arrived a little early this year in Oklahoma, and with a new season comes new fire risks and safety concerns to keep in mind for both homes and businesses. Spring cleaning starts and outdoor activities like grilling begin. In Oklahoma, the windy conditions create a greater danger for grass fires. We’re dedicated to helping you keep your family and business safe, not only by providing the best in fire detection and suppression in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, but also by alerting you to everyday fire dangers that can easily get overlooked. A change in the season is also a great time to test and inspect fire alarms and make sure appliances and electrical equipment around your home and business are still in good working condition. Thus, as you enjoy the nicer weather this spring, please keep in mind these fire safety tips from the National Fire…
“No water, no damage, no worries.” That is how 3Mä, the manufacturer of the Novecä 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, describes the performance of this clean agent fire suppressant, and in essence, those benefits are why more and more Tulsa and Oklahoma City businesses are using clean agent systems. Water damage from sprinkler systems can cause a considerable amount of downtime and expensive cleanup and repair for a business, especially an e-commerce business. Thus, when water would damage costly computers, server rooms, priceless art, antiques, important documents and records, process control rooms, laboratories, and other sensitive equipment, a clean agent fire suppression system is needed. “Unlike sprinkler fire protection, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is safe for use on paper, canvas and similar materials. It does not leave a residue and will not affect ink, paper, pencil dye, paint or other media,” 3M™ reported. Clean agents are chemical gas release…
Friday February 24, 2017

Is Your Security System Outdated?

As an Oklahoma business owner, you want the best security possible, but you may wonder whether updating your security system is really that important. How do you know if your existing security system is outdated? Would it be worth the cost to upgrade? At Mac Systems in both Tulsa and OKC, we can help you find answers to those questions and help you have the best and most affordable protection possible. Let’s first look at some tell-tale signs of an outdated system and then see why updating may very well be worth the cost for your business.   Camera resolution and storage. What is the video quality of your surveillance videos? Low-resolution cameras that result in grainy videos make identifying burglars nearly impossible. Law enforcement officials have commented that poor quality footage is a real problem in many of their cases. Low-resolution videos also provide unclear evidence in cases of employee…
When you’re searching for top-rated security for your Tulsa business, don’t underestimate the advantages of a biometric access control system. While at first biometrics may appear to be more robust or costly than you need, this type of access control has proven to be an invaluable resource for many businesses and is now more accessible and cost-effective than ever before. “Biometrics offer a superior combination of strength, affordability, convenience, and ease of use,” Kantech, one of our top access control providers, noted. Why should you consider biometric access control for your business? Numerous cost-saving benefits. While biometrics can be used in conjunction with card readers for added security, they can also eliminate the need for ID/access cards and keys. These physical credentials can be costly to replace over time with workforce turnover and if different access cards are required for different sites or levels, such as in a hospital or…
Sadly, it seems like every day we wake up to news alerts reporting that another Tulsa area home has been destroyed by a fire. At the very least, property and precious memories are ruined by these house fires and a long, disheartening rebuilding process begins.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), structural fires across the nation have increased by 1.5 percent. In 2015, the NFPA reported that there were “501,500 structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage.” Of those fires, 77.4 percent or 388,000 occurred in residential structures, an increase of 1,500 fires from the previous year. These residential structures are “one- and two-family homes including manufactured homes, apartments or other multi-family housing, hotels and motels, dormitories, and boarding houses.” Winter often sees more house fires than any other season because of the increase in heating equipment used, and heating,…