A good alarm system is the first step towards securing your facilities, but ultimately it simply functions as a tool for whoever is keeping an eye on it. Modern technologies now offer many great solutions for self-monitoring through the internet and smartphone apps, but employing a professional company is still the best option when it comes to the safety of your organization. There are also key benefits to employing a local company versus a large national provider. Check out these advantages of relying upon the watchful eye of a professional alarm monitoring service in OKC or Tulsa. Faster Emergency Response Seconds count when it comes to protecting your facility from a fire or security threat. With a quality service like MacNet wireless monitoring, signals are received in 2 seconds or less. Having a local alarm monitoring service means that communications don't have to travel over cell towers, an internet connection, or…
When home break-ins occur, the garage is one of those areas that burglars mainly target. Unfortunately, not many homeowners in Oklahoma City know this, and this is why criminals continuously gain access via the garage door. Luckily, all this can be avoided by getting the right security systems in OKC for the garage and following these simple guidelines. Close the Garage Door at All Times  It may seem like common sense, but not everyone closes their garage door when they leave home. Even with the most advanced security systems in OKC, an open door will invite all sorts of thieves. Therefore, ensure that you bolt the door safely before leaving the house. Cover Window Panes  If you own those fancy garage doors that have glass panels, then it is imperative that you cover them up. Painting them helps keep away thieves in a number of ways. First, thieves will not…
Friday November 04, 2016

Teaching Employees Fire Safety

Because fires can happen so suddenly in the workplace, it’s essential that employees clearly understand what to do in the event of an emergency. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What should be involved in employee fire safety training for Oklahoma businesses? Your specific Tulsa or Oklahoma City fire safety program will need to be tailored to what the particular fire hazards are for your business. These hazards may even be different for different areas of your business and the various emergency protocols in place. Of course, fire safety starts with fire prevention. Employees should know basic fire prevention steps such as proper disposal of cigarettes in any designated smoking areas, good housekeeping, turning off and unplugging appliances, not overloading outlets, and replacing any broken or cracked electrical cords. Employees need to understand how a fire starts and the three elements a fire needs to ignite (fuel, heat, and…
fire detection systems in some areas of a Tulsa or Oklahoma City building can present numerous challenges. Running wire through concrete walls or decorative ceilings, especially where materials like asbestos are present, can be problematic, costly, and even potentially dangerous. As an answer to protecting these challenging situations, NOTIFIER's wireless fire sensing system can easily overcome these dilemmas. The Smart Wireless Integrated Fire Technology (SWIFT) is a system of detectors and modules that forms a Class A, mesh network of wireless fire detection. Because every SWIFT detector device acts as “a repeater with redundant path communication,” the system is robust and self-healing, providing highly-reliable fire detection, NOTIFIER reported. The strongest paths are automatically located within the network and unique mesh IDs in the SWIFT network prevent miscommunication. Eliminating the need for wired fire detectors offers more flexibility with installation and could significantly reduce installation costs in challenging applications, as well as building expansions,…
From ice storms that knock out much of Tulsa to massive tornados that take down half of the Oklahoma City and Moore areas, we understand the severe damage that weather can cause to homes and businesses. Then, of course, there is always a fear that a fire, flood, or other emergency will overtake our businesses. Whether it’s a natural or man-made disaster, these events can completely shut down a business, sometimes indefinitely, if the company doesn’t have a disaster and business continuity plan (BCP) in place. Different terms are often used for how to plan for a business emergency, including: Emergency planning, Disaster recovery, and Business continuity. All of these focus on various aspects of the disaster and the recovery process, but overall, they act to preserve the business and help it continue to function in the event of an emergency. Why is this so vital? In the business world especially,…
We’re often used to seeing fire sprinklers in Tulsa & OKC businesses and even hotels, but these fire suppression systems are not too common yet in homes or apartments. In fact, in 2009 only 4.6% of occupied homes (including multi-unit) had sprinklers, according to the 2009 American Housing Survey. But the benefits of residential fire sprinklers are overwhelming. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 85 percent of all fire deaths in the U.S. occur in the home. And these fires usually occur at night when families are asleep. In as little as 3 minutes, a fire can become deadly, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition noted. This is when flashover occurs and the combustible materials in the room burst into flames, making it difficult to escape. At the same time, the Coalition noted that it usually takes fire departments 9 to 12 minutes to arrive after a fire has started. But what happens in the…
Fire extinguishers can save lives. These fire suppression agents are often your first line of defense in controlling or eliminating a small fire. But like most things in life, they’re only useful if they remain in good working condition. Thus, regular fire extinguisher inspections and maintenance are essential and are required by various state and federal ordinances in order to remain code compliant. But especially for businesses, fire extinguisher inspections and maintenance could turn into a headache. That’s why Mac Systems offers on-site fire extinguisher maintenance services in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas to save customers time and money while helping them to stay safe and code compliant. With an extensive fleet of fully-equipped service vehicles, we can perform almost all fire extinguisher services on-site - from recharging and routine maintenance to the required 6-year inspection and internal examination. Hydrostatic testing, or pressure testing using a liquid, usually water, to…
We know that fire sprinklers are one of the most important aspects of a fire protection system. Fire sprinklers can control or even extinguish a fire before the fire department even arrives. Sprinklers thus play a significant role in saving lives and minimizing property damage in the event of a fire. At this point, you may be saying, “I know this. That’s why I have fire sprinklers installed in my building.” However, is your Tulsa or Oklahoma City fire sprinkler system monitored? Is your fire sprinkler system regularly inspected and tested? If not, can you be sure it will protect your building in a fire? Monitoring as well as regularly testing and inspecting your fire sprinkler system helps to ensure that the system will work properly. In addition, regular inspection and testing is required by law and must follow the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes as well as any other local…
Surveillance systems, security alarms, and access control systems are all a great start to protecting your business and its occupants, but what happens when a security guard leaves his post? Who's keeping an eye on things after your employees go home? What if no one on site is trained to know what a safety alarm means or how to address it? All of these concerns are very real issues facing business owners in Oklahoma and accross the world. Modern technology provides a wealth of tools and resources to help protect your building, but many of them do little good unless a trained staff person is keeping a constant eye on them. Local businesses are saving time and money by relying on MacNet wireless security monitoring system in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. This instant alert system is invaluable in times of an emergency, but the rest of the year it provides something…
The most advanced alarm and security systems available on the market are almost unrecognizable from earlier models with basic features and simple trigger mechanisms. In fact, with so much innovation and development occurring within the field, there is no excuse for contemporary businesses not to be protected by a robust and sophisticated alarm system. Unfortunately, there are a hundred different ways in which an intruder can gain unlawful access to a commercial site or premises. The reality is that you cannot always prevent this from happening, but with the help of top quality alarm monitoring in OKC, you can make sure that the authorities or private security officers arrive as quickly as possible. This guide to the top 5 signs that your alarm system needs an upgrade will help you to determine whether it is time to replace your old system with a more advanced one. Your Fire Alarms Are…