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Warnings About Outdated Fire Protection Systems

This is a guest post by Mahdi Farazandeh. If you want to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

Restaurants owners planning to open a new restaurant in the space where another previously existed may be playing with fire if they don’t upgrade obsolete or poorly functioning fire suppression systems.

Recently, some fire protection companies which offer fire sprinkler system installation and service to restaurants and other businesses, geared up for what are anticipated to be a busy spring for the companies, as new restaurants open that will necessitate fire sprinkler system installations and improvements before they can operate. They believed that, opening a new restaurant where an old one existed can be a double-edged sword.

In many cases, it’s great if you have the opportunity because it’s already set up to be a restaurant, said a fire system installer. But depending on the age of the system, there could be elements of it that no longer meet current building and safety codes.

When a restaurant owner is considering a building in which to occupy his or her business, there are some things they can look for that may provide some insight into the age of the fire suppression system and how well the system may have been maintained by the previous owner.

One of those is checking the fire extinguishers to see if they are tagged, which is a sign that they have been inspected and maintained. Another piece of equipment on fire security systems that can be checked is the links, because they often will have a date on them if they have been inspected by a professional.

There also are some common sense signs that show whether a system has been maintained, such as parts of the system being rusted or covered with grease.

In addition, those are clear signs that perhaps cleaning and maintenance schedules on the system weren’t maintained.

To be sure of what they are purchasing before they seal the deal, many restaurant owners contact a professional fire system company to perform an inspection. These services often are free and can include cost estimates for any repairs and improvements that may be required to bring the system up to current code prior to the restaurant opening.

Same of the fire system installer companies believe that, when you don’t know what you’re looking for regarding these systems, it is a good idea to call a company that can send someone out to perform an inspection. That way, you go into the deal with your eyes wide open and fully aware of what additional expenditures may be necessary prior to opening the restaurant.

If you would like more information about fire protection systems or fire security systems, or you would like more information about Nationwide Fire Protection Corp., please call (800) 750-7055, or visit the company’s Web site:

Author: Mahdi Farazandeh
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