Our homes, our offices, our businesses all get a little cluttered at times. Usually with some quick organizing, we can get things straightened up and everything put away, allowing us to get back to business. But what happens when clutter begins to look like hoarding? What are the fire safety risks? What is extreme hoarding? According to a NBC News Health report, “at least 4 million people in the U.S. would meet full criteria for hoarding . . .” The American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) recently recognized hoarding as an official disorder all of its own. Unlike collecting, hoarders save random items like newspapers, appliances, and junk mail that they have “persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with,” APA noted, “leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces.” Because hoarders accumulate so many possessions that congest…
Fires have damaged or destroyed countless homes in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. With a fire, every second counts. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes that “your ability to get out depends on advanced warning from smoke alarms and advanced planning.” Mac Systems can provide smoke alarms in Tulsa and OKC, but the advanced planning still remains with families. Having a Fire Escape Plan is vital to the safety of your family in the event of a fire. Here are a few tips from the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration about planning an effective fire escape route. The NFPA recommends that families with children draw out a floor plan of their home, marking two ways out of every room, as well as marking the location of each smoke alarm. Make sure the escape windows and doors open easily. If the windows in your home have security bars, make sure…
Kitchen fires are the top cause of fires in the home, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Cooking equipment caused an “estimated 147,400 or 40 percent of residential fires each year between 2008 and 2010,” reported USFA. This week is the NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, with the theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” The National Fire Prevention Association is working with teachers, firefighters, and other public officials to teach residents how to prevent cooking fires that mostly result from unattended cooking. We love to cook, and we love eat, but how can we protect ourselves from causing serious damage to ourselves and our Tulsa or Oklahoma City home? With a few tips on cooking equipment and kitchen safety, you can safely cook that perfect meal for your family and friends. So here are a few tips from the USFA to help Oklahomans keep safe and cook on. Stay in…
Biometric locks for your Tulsa commercial property or even home have become a convenient and cost effective way to manage access control. Although it may seem like something from a movie, these innovative security systems have become a reality in today’s changing business world. What is biometrics? It is the process or technology involved in identifying a person based on their biological data. Biometric readers can identity people based on their fingerprint, hand geometry, iris, voice, facial features, vein patterns or a combination of these biometrics. “Fingerprint identification is the most popular biometric method today due to its superior combination of strength, affordability, convenience, and ease of use,” Kantech, an access control technologies company, noted. What are the benefits of using biometric locks and access control systems? Well, the first benefit may become apparent when you lose your keys. If they are your office keys, employees and customers may be…
In 2010 a burglary happened every 14.6 seconds in the U.S., and residential burglaries accounted for 73.9 percent of these offenses, according to FBI statistics. This indicates that homes are still a burglar’s main target. So how can you keep your house safe and preserve a feeling security in your home? You may have a home security system for your Tulsa or Oklahoma City home, but how can you use it more effectively to protect yourself and your family? Here are a view tips that can help deter burglars from breaking in to your home.  Advertise and Activate your Alarm System A home security and alarm system will notify you of someone trying to break into your home, but advertising that you have a home security and surveillance system can deter burglars from thinking your house is an easy target. Yet some homeowners may not want to place a sign…
Last month marked a change in healthcare facilities across the nation. All skilled nursing facilities were required to have automatic fire sprinklers installed throughout their facilities, without waivers or exceptions, by August 13, 2013. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is overseeing this federal regulation that could disqualify nursing homes from receiving Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement if they do not install the required sprinkler systems. Fire fatalities have been a major problem for nursing homes for decades. The nation’s deadliest nursing home fire on record killed 72 people at the Katie Jane Nursing Home in Missouri in 1957, according to the NFPA Journal. Many other deadly fires have ravaged healthcare facilities such as the Golden Age Nursing Home fire in 1963 that killed 63 residents.  In 1970 a law was enacted nationally to regulate and enforce that all nursing care facilities across the country implement the NFPA’s Life Safety Code.…
You own a business. You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and energy into building the business you always wanted to run. You poured yourself into a business that you’re proud to own. Because you’ve given so much to your business, having an up-to-date commercial security system in Tulsa and Oklahoma City is simply a must. Various types of dangers and risks threaten your business every day. From cybercrime to vandalism, theft, intrusion, and fire, your business and your employees can quickly suffer tremendous loss. While your IT department may be able to secure your computer data, important paper records for your business and sensitive personal information can still be stolen in a physical break-in, thereafter presenting a number of security and identity theft challenges. Replacing expensive office equipment stolen in a break-in can also be a costly headache. Workplace violence is also on the rise. Assault and injury to…
Monday September 02, 2013

Outdoor Fire Safety

Many Oklahoma area residents are off work today…enjoying the lake…or planning a cookout in the backyard.  With all the Labor Day fun and relaxation, it may be easy to forget about safety, especially Outdoor Fire Safety. Countless forest fires as well as house fires are started every year because of campfires and barbecues. “Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans and can be prevented,” the Oklahoma Forestry Services reported.  In addition burn centers across the state see numerous patients every year injured because of preventable fire mishaps. In order to have a fun and (the safe kind of) memorable Labor Day, remember these few outdoor fire safety tips: Make sure you know when and where burning is allowed. You can call the Tulsa Fire Department’s non-emergency line for more information. Have tools like a shovel and water or a fire extinguisher on hand and ready to use. Always keep…
Tuesday May 21, 2013

SEVO

Here at Mac Systems we are proud to announce one of our new affiliates, SEVO Systems. SEVO Systems is a manufacturer of waterless fire protection utilizing 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fire Protection Fluid ideal for many industries including oil and gas, marine, power generation, telecommunications, and electrical data and control. Since SEVO is the only company to develop clean agent fire suppression systems with Novec 1230 Fluid at 500 psi using conventional welded cylinders, we are now able to offer total flooding systems that are available at optimal storage pressure. This higher storage pressure allows for a "True Retrofit" of existing Halon systems by utilizing existing pipe networks in over 90% of cases. In new construction, higher pressure allows for the use of longer pipe runs as well as small pipe diameters, saving on overall cost. Using less clean agent in smaller and/or fewer cylinders per project also cuts down on…
Tuesday May 21, 2013

Website Launch

Mac Systems is pleased to announce the official launch of our new website! The site features a fresh new look, easy navigation and a tighter focus on the services we provide as a company. Our goal is to help inform and educate our customers on the latest and greatest fire detection, fire suppression, security and communication systems possible!