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Fire Protection and Safety

Do employers have to provide fire safety training? 

Employers are required to implement adequate fire safety and prevention measures to protect their employees, and fire safety training is an essential aspect of this. Employees should know how to react in life-threatening situations, find all fire exists with ease, and be able to operate fire safety equipment. A carefully devised training program will enable them to adopt adequate skills and prepare for such unexpected situations.

Here at Red Truck Fire & Safety, we organize technical training on using fire extinguishers. During this course, you and your employees will have an opportunity to learn more about this type of fire prevention equipment and how to use it effectively if need be.

Why do we need fire safety training? 

Completing a fire safety training is a crucial step in safeguarding your business against fire. Businesses can suffer tremendous losses if a fire breaks out in their workplace. As a business owner, you can be held legally liable for failing to provide adequate safety levels to your employees.

In addition, if, by any chance, any of your employees gets injured, you will be required to pay workers’ compensation insurance. Finally, building damage will also cause a sizeable amount of expenses.

Fortunately, you can prevent this by organizing professional fire safety training and equipping your workplace with first-rate fire prevention products. Thus, feel free to schedule a consultation with us and we’ll create a fire prevention plan in detail, adjusting it specifically to your business or residential property.

What are OSHA standards? 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prescribes the required methods and steps employers must implement to secure their business facilities and protect their employees. In terms of fire safety, this refers to rules you, as an employer, need to follow to minimize the risk of fire in the workplace and maximize employee safety. Here at Red Truck Fire & Safety, we follow the OSHA requirements and help business owners stay compliant with the relevant standards.

What does the NFPA regulate? 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global organization that has the aim of preventing fire-induced losses that include death, injuries, property damage, economic losses, etc. It creates codes and rules that will help commercial and residential property owners ensure the highest fire safety levels at their properties.

Furthermore, NFPA regulates how buildings, installation, processing, design, and service should be handled to reduce the risks and possible effects of fire. However, NFPA also offers fire safety and prevention training, public education opportunities, outreach and advocacy programs and initiatives, etc.

Thus, we’re proud to say that our skilled and knowledgeable specialists are NFPA members who share the values and objectives of this reputable organization. Red Truck Fire & Safety keeps up to date with NFPA codes, suggestions, and guidelines, incorporating them in our way of doing business.

Is NFPA mandatory? 

Being compliant with NFPA standards is generally mandatory since this is an organization that operates on a national level. Please contact your local fire authority to make sure you are meeting their requirements.

Whether you’re a business owner or a property manager, you can rely on Red Truck Fire & Safety to help you gain a deeper understanding of the required standards you must follow. Rest assured we’re familiar with your local regulations and can make sure everything is up to code.

What is NFPA 25? 

NFPA 25 is a standard that regulates how water-based fire protection systems should be maintained, serviced, tested, and inspected. Thus, for instance, if you have a water-based fire sprinkler system, NFPA 25 will be applicable. Here at Red Truck Fire & Safety, we will take measures to make sure you’re compliant with this standard, ensuring prompt response in case of fire.

Fire Alarms

Why is my fire alarm beeping? 

A beeping fire alarm is not only annoying but also dangerous. This may be an indication that something is wrong with your fire alarm, which puts you, or employees at risk. Some of the possible reasons behind this problem include battery issues, some form of malfunction, power interruptions, etc.

Thus, if your fire alarm is beeping, reach out to us and we’ll come for an inspection. If required, we will organize for a swift replacement and install top-of-the-line fire alarms to secure your property. With us, you are never at risk!

How to stop a fire alarm from chirping? 

In some cases, you may be able to stop fire alarm chirping on your own. You can try some of the following steps:

  • Reset the fire alarm by holding the reset button for several seconds.
  • Listen if the chirping has stopped. If not…
  • Replace the battery and then turn one the fire alarm. If chirping continues…
  • Clean the alarm if you notice some dust and dirt. If it still beeps…
  • Contact our team to see if there’s any malfunction. We will fix the problem with ease.

Are businesses required to have fire alarms? 

Whether your business is required to have fire alarms depends on the occupancy type of your building. It will also depend on how spacious your business facilities are, how many stories it features, how many occupants it accommodates, etc.

During our consultation, we will go over the fire alarm requirements for your specific business and offer you fire prevention solutions customized to your facilities. We offer an array of fire alarm products and related services, so count on our help at any time!

How do you test a fire alarm system? 

It’s generally advised that fire alarm testing should be performed by authorized professionals. In addition, you’re obliged to have licensed technicians test your fire alarms and issue certificates at certain intervals.

As for the testing process, it includes several important steps, checks of all the components, battery replacement, pressing the test button, etc. However, you shouldn’t delay official testing of your fire alarms, so make sure to contact a reputable provider of such services.

And Red Truck Fire & Safety is your #1 option. Our fire protection and safety services also include efficient and dependable fire alarm testing. This is an essential step in ensuring your system is fully operational at all times.

How often do you need to test fire alarms? 

Fire alarm testing should be performed at regular intervals, with one full check on an annual basis. However, different codes offer various guidelines, so you can consult with our technicians regarding the frequency of your fire alarm system testing. We are here to ensure your safety!

Fire Extinguishers

What type of extinguisher do I need? 

You can distinguish between several types of fire extinguishers that are suitable for a specific class of fire. It’s important that you choose the right type of fire extinguisher for your business or home to ensure the highest safety levels and reduce the extent of the damage.

Types of fire extinguishers

As for specific fire extinguisher types, there are:

  • Foam
  • Water
  • Dry Powder
  • Wet chemical
  • CO2

Of course, there are also variations that include features of two or more fire extinguisher types. Depending on the property, you need to choose products that will achieve optimal results. For instance, advanced clean-agent fire extinguishers are appropriate for business offices since they are quick, safe, and effective, yet they leave no residue and cause no damage to electronic equipment.

If you’re not sure which one you need, we’ll be here to advise you and provide you with world-class fire extinguisher products. We will discuss appropriate fire extinguisher sizes, suggest the best solutions for your business, and inform you of relevant regulations you need to abide by. Rely on us for maximum dependability!

 

How do you use a fire extinguisher? 

Whether for residential or commercial purposes, you shouldn’t use fire extinguishers without proper training. First, you need to equip your premises with the right type of fire extinguishers and then follow the basic PASS technique: pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep.

Of course, our team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to use fire extinguishers. Our fire safety training is suitable for both business and home environments, enabling our clients to learn how to operate these tools in case of emergencies. With our help, you will know exactly what the PASS method entails and how to perform it with ease.

What is a fire extinguisher inspection? 

This type of inspection is a legal requirement that should be conducted once a year by licensed professionals. It ensures that all the fire extinguishers in a workplace or residential property is fully operational and in designated spots.

How Red Truck Fire & Safety does it

Here at Red Truck Fire & Safety, we conduct in-depth assessments and regular inspections, paying attention to the following:

  • Accessibility. Our pros will determine if your fire extinguishers are easily accessible and placed in the right spot so that all of your employees can see and reach them.
  • Physical condition. We will inspect external components such as cylinder, locking pins, etc. for corrosion, leaks, or any other problems.
  • The pressure gauge. Our specialists will then check the gauge needle to make sure your fire extinguishers aren’t depressurized or overpressurized.
  • The inspection tag. We will check when the last inspection was performed and write down the date of our inspection.
  • The report and records. Our team can compile a detailed report on your fire extinguisher inspection and list possible options for improvement if need be.

 

How often does a fire extinguisher need to be inspected? 

The frequency of your fire extinguisher inspection will depend on the type of equipment and building. In general:

  • Visual checks should be performed and recorded monthly by authorized pros or yourself.
  • Maintenance checks should be conducted once a year according to OSHA and NFPA 10 requirements for businesses.
  • Internal inspection is performed every 5, 6, or 12 years based on the equipment type and specifications.

Fortunately, you have Red Truck Fire & Safety specialists to rely on. Our team is fully licensed and authorized to perform official inspection and maintenance checks, so rest assured that everything will be in compliance with us.

When should I refill my fire extinguisher? 

Recharging is an essential aspect of fire extinguisher maintenance and we handle it with efficiency and reliability. There are several situations in which you should have your fire extinguishers recharged. Contact us to recharge your fire extinguishers if:

  • You have used them even if there was no complete discharge;
  • They need periodic maintenance and recharging in the event of internal maintenance;
  • Your fire extinguishers were damaged, which has resulted in complete depressurization.

 

How do I know if my fire extinguisher is expired? 

You are required to replace your commercial or residential fire extinguishers after a certain period of time. However, if you don’t know if your fire extinguishers have expired and need to be replaced, we’re here to perform an assessment and advise you.

In general, you need to replace disposable fire extinguishers at 12-year intervals, while rechargeable fire extinguishers should be recharged in the previously mentioned cases.

Nonetheless, you can always reach out to us for a consultation and we’ll arrange for a prompt replacement. We offer a selection of high-quality products. Protect your business and your employees with our help!

Fire Sprinklers

Are fire sprinklers effective? 

NFPA has shown through comprehensive research that fire sprinklers are highly effective, leading to a significant reduction in death rate and property damage. This type of fire prevention equipment can contain and put out a fire, saving a great number of lives. In fact, their total success rate is 87% unless there’s any hidden malfunction.

Thus, it’s crucial that you contact us for regular inspections and maintenance checks. We will ensure the proper functioning of your fire sprinkler system, making sure your office and employees are fully protected.

Do fire sprinklers all go off at once? 

No, this is one of the common misconceptions about fire sprinklers. Business owners believe that fire sprinklers can cause more damage than a fire if they accidentally turn on all at once and cause water damage.

However, fire sprinklers activate separately, one sprinkler head at a time, once they’re triggered. Feel free to contact us for any additional questions you may have regarding fire sprinklers or any other important fire safety equipment and accessories. We’re eager to help you!

What triggers fire sprinklers? 

A great number of people think that fire sprinklers are activated by smoke when they are actually triggered by heat. Typically, once the temperature reaches 155-165°F, fire sprinklers are activated through their internal mechanism.

However, certain malfunctions and mechanical faults can lead to fire sprinklers triggering falsely. If the fire sprinklers in your workplace start activating for no apparent reason, reach out to Red Truck Fire & Safety immediately. Our second-to-none team will come and implement advanced solutions to resolve the issue promptly.

Do fire sprinklers react to smoke? 

As previously mentioned, smoke doesn’t trigger fire sprinklers in any possible situation. These fire equipment devised are complex and engineered to the highest standards, boasting a reliable design and mechanism that reacts solely to heat.

Here at Red Truck Fire & Safety, we offer fire sprinklers of superior quality that will ensure the highest safety levels in your office or home. We also offer a range of fire sprinkler components for different types of systems. Thus, we can deliver any related services in a timely manner because we have cutting-edge elements within easy reach.

How do I test my sprinkler system? 

Similarly to any other type of fire prevention equipment, fire sprinklers require regular testing. It’s recommended that you contact authorized professionals to test your fire sprinkler system because the experts know exactly what to do.

For instance, our stellar team has a countless number of fire sprinkler tests under their belt and can handle your with the utmost professionalism. The only thing you need to do to secure your business is schedule an appointment with us!

How often do fire sprinkler systems need to be inspected? 

As for fire sprinkler inspection, it should be handled on a regular basis. How often certain checks should be performed depends on the component being inspected, with mechanical parts requiring inspection on a quarterly basis. You also need to schedule annual testing, as well as inspection checks every five and ten years.

To make sure you stay compliant with inspection requirements, we will advise you on how often your commercial fire sprinkler system should be inspected. Our team is highly detailed when performing fire sprinkler inspection, bringing the highest level of reliability to our clients.

How often should fire sprinkler heads be replaced? 

Whether due to normal wear and tear or some malfunction or damage, fire sprinkler heads should be replaced after a certain period of time. When exactly this should be done depends on the type of sprinkler head.

For instance, dry pendent heads should be replaced after 10 years, while extra high sprinkler heads should be changed every 5 years. As for quick response sprinklers, the replacement should be done 20 years after their installation, followed by 10-year replacements. Finally standard heads need to be replaced 50 years after the installation for the first time and then at 10-year intervals.

Of course, Red Truck Fire & Safety can handle any emergency replacements that are required due to damage or unexpected malfunction. Just contact us and we’ll be on our way!

Fire Hoses

How often should fire hoses be tested for leaks? 

As another important element of fire protection and safety, premium fire hose equipment should also be in excellent condition to be completely effective. This means that there should be no leaks or any other problems with your fire hoses. Thus, it’s important you have your fire hoses checked for leaks every year.

Should you notice any kind of problem with your fire hose, contact our dependable team of educated specialists. We will carefully inspect your fire hose equipment for leaks around the nozzles and any other possible issues, including rot, deterioration, debris, etc. Nothing passes by unnoticed with us!

What pressure do you test fire hose at? 

Fire hose testing is another legal requirement you need to abide by and we will help you do it. In general, these tests are performed at a minimum of 200 psi in case of supply fire hoses and 300 psi for attack fire hose testing.

Rest assured that our team will perform the required tests in accordance with relevant NFPA standards. For any other questions or concerns, we are always at your disposal.

What should be used to clean dirty fire hose? 

Another essential aspect of fire hose maintenance is proper cleaning. According to NFPA, fire hoses should be properly cleaned after each use. Our team follows all the required guidelines and can assist you with this important step.

If there is any dirt, our team will carefully remove it or wash it off if the residue cannot be easily removed. Decontamination is crucial if your fire hoses has come into contact with some hazardous materials, so we will make sure to do this with care. Finally, we will dry your fire hose equipment by carefully wiping it.

How often do fire hoses need to be replaced? 

Fire hose checks should be performed at different intervals depending on the type of inspection and testing. Should, during any of these checks, you or our team find an issue with your fire hose equipment, we will immediately arrange for a replacement.

In general, fire hoses should be replaced as soon as any signs of damage or wear is noticed. This is why we inspect fire hoses first, paying attention to every single detail and then provide you with adequate replacement within the shortest time period. Contact us and we’ll schedule a check!

Fire Hydrants

What is the fire hydrant system? 

Fire hydrants are a type of fire protection systems that serve as water supplies to firefighters. These systems are placed in strategic spots and represent a crucial aspect of a company’s or commercial buildings fire prevention plan. Furthermore, fire hydrants consist of multiple components and can be divided into several types.

Here at Red Truck Fire & Safety, we offer a selection of top-rated fire hydrants, as well as fire hydrant testing services.

What is the required pressure for fire hydrant? 

Fire hydrants need to provide enough pressure to firefighters so that they can contain and put out a fire. However, the exact requirements for fire hydrant flow and pressure levels is determined based on the building type, floor area, and the installed fire sprinkler system.

Fortunately, you can discuss all the relevant codes and regulations for your fire hydrants with our team. In addition to providing extensive fire hydrant-related services, we are all seasoned, educated, and informed. Our team stays up to date with OSHA and NFPA updates, so rest assured that we offer the most recent information.

Who is allowed to use fire hydrants? 

Any unauthorized use of fire hydrants is considered illegal and individuals who use fire hydrants illegally can be charged with water theft. While in some states companies and individuals may use fire hydrants provided that they have the required permits, in other states, this is strictly prohibited and only fire department members are allowed to do so.

If you’re uncertain whether you or your employees are allowed to use a fire hydrant, we’re just a phone call away. Our team knows all the local regulations and can help you get informed on California’s regulations regarding fire hydrant use.

Can you open a fire hydrant?  

Opening fire hydrants is illegal and under no circumstances should you ever try to do so. In fact, if a fire hydrant is open, you can be fined if you let your children play in the water. Most states have strict laws and high fines for unauthorized opening of fire hydrants. In some states, residents can acquire a permit to use fire hydrant water for certain residential purposes.

Reasons why it’s forbidden to open fire hydrants

There are multiple reasons why states and cities have such strict regulations against opening fire hydrants. Here are a few:

  • Negative environmental effect. Fire hydrants spew 1,000 gallons of water per minute, so it’s a major waste of water, especially during the summer.
  • Increased fire damage. The fire department won’t be able to respond to a fire as quickly and effectively due to low water pressure.
  • Possible accidents. Spraying water from an open hydrant can be a major safety risk because it can obscure drivers and even knock over children.

So, if you need any assistance with the fire hydrant system at your business premises, our team is at your disposal. We’re an authorized provider of fire hydrant-related services, including maintenance, repair, replacement, testing, and inspection.

What color can I paint my fire hydrant? 

Whether you have a commercial or residential property, fire hydrants can offer invaluable benefits. These benefits can be even more significant for businesses and commercial properties because fire hydrants can reduce the extent of the damage significantly.

After having a fire hydrant system installed, you will need to color your unit. The guidelines for fire hydrant colors are determined based on how many gallons per minute they spray and are as follows:

  • Red: Fire hydrants that emit less than 500 GPM. 
  • Orange: Fire hydrants that emit between 500 and 999 GPM. 
  • Green: Fire hydrants that emit from 1000 to 1499 GPM. 
  • Blue: Fire hydrants that emit at least 1500 GPM.

Emergency Exits

What constitutes an emergency exit? 

This type of exit is specifically designed to enable building occupants to safely leave a property in case of a fire. Of course, regular exits can also be used, but if they are blocked, emergency exits should be used as a safe alternative. Furthermore, these exits are placed in strategic locations such as in a hallway or staircase.

Additionally, emergency exits should comply with a certain set of regulations, which is why they require professional evaluation. Our team is here to handle such an assessment in your workplace and assist you in improving the safety levels at your business premises.

What are the requirements for emergency exits? 

OSHA has set strict requirements for emergency exits, so to be fully compliant, you need to make sure all of your emergency exits, signs, and lights meet them. Fortunately, our team is here to help you out with this, as well.

According to OSHA requirements,

  • There should be at least two emergency exits in a workplace.
  • An emergency exit route should consist of three parts: exit access that leads to an emergency exit; exit that leads to the exit discharge and is separated from other areas; exit discharge that leads outside.
  • Exit doors should have side hinges and remain unlocked at all times.
  • Each exit door should have exit signs and be easily accessible and clearly visible.
  • Exit routes should have emergency signs and lights and be free from clutter and obstructions.

Of course, these are just some of the OSHA’s regulations regarding emergency routes and doors. We can help you stay informed with other codes and requirements and make sure you’re compliant with all of them by employing all the necessary fire safety measures.

How many exit signs are required? 

As a commercial property owner or manager, you also need to implement the required number of exit signs in your building. This will enable occupants to find the emergency route easily and leave the building safely. There’s no exact number of exit signs you need to have, but you must place them in the following places:

  • Exit doors
  • Exit ramps
  • Exit stairways
  • Corridor intersections
  • Other possible intersections

Here at Red Truck, we can provide you with an array of first-rate exit signs and lights that have the required luminance. Our products are highly dependable and durable, so you will be able to mark the emergency route with ease. Our team will install your emergency lights and exit signs  in legally designated places. Schedule an appointment today!

What is the use of emergency light? 

Employers and property managers are also required to implement adequate emergency lighting that will help create a safe environment and enable occupants to exit a building in case of emergencies. This type of lighting is backed by special generators and batteries, which allows them to turn on in the event of a power outage.

However, emergency lights require regular maintenance and service to be fully operational. We can schedule detailed inspection of your emergency lights, checking their batteries and testing their performance. We can make sure every piece of fire and safety equipment at your premises is in excellent condition. Give us a call for a quick quote!

What are the different types of emergency lights? 

Before you contact us to set up your emergency lighting, you need to be familiar with the two main types:

  • Emergency escape lighting: In general, these lights are used to ensure your employees can safely leave the premises if an emergency occurs.
  • Standby lighting: On the other hand, these lights will allow you to continue with your activities in the event of a sudden power outage that brings no other threats.

It’s important to note that the first type is included in fire safety and protection plans and precautions, while the second typically isn’t considered a part of it. Nonetheless, Red Truck Fire & Safety is here to assist you with emergency lighting installation and service that meet the required industry standards.

How often should emergency lights be checked? 

Once again, regular inspection and maintenance are not only important, but also required. While some routine checks, such as visually inspecting if everything is under control, can be conducted without professional supervision, official testing and inspection should be handled by qualified pros.

As for the frequency, basic visual checks should be done daily, while a function test should be conducted on a monthly basis and yearly basis.  A full discharge test is the most demanding and time-consuming one, so it’s conducted annually. Our team of experienced fire safety technicians can handle any time emergency light testing. Contact us and we’ll schedule it when it suits you the most.

First Aid

What first aid kit does my workplace need? 

To ensure their employees’ safety, employers also need to include fully equipped first aid kits and supplies in their offices. OSHA has established regulations regarding this aspect of fire safety, as well.

In general, first aid kits can be divided into two categories:

  • Class A kits that are used for minor burns, eye injuries, and wounds
  • Class B kits that found in high-risk environments and are used for treating more serious injuries.

During a consultation with Red Truck Fire & Safety, we can determine what your needs are and provide you with first aid supplies that will meet them. Adding first aid kit to your office is the first step to ensuring your employees’ safety, so let’s make it together.

What does a basic first kit contain? 

The specific contents may vary depending on your business and applicable requirements. However, every first aid kit must include some basic supplies that include:

  • Eye disinfectants and sterile pads
  • Wound coverings and bandages
  • Safety pins, gloves, and tape

Our inventory brings you high-quality first aid kits, eye care and wash station, cabinets, and other important products. We can also handle your first aid restocking and sanitizing, ensuring there are no contaminants around your first aid station.

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