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Halloween Decoration Fire Safety
October 17 | Read More »

Halloween kicks off the holiday season with lit jack-o-lanterns, creepy candles, dangling faux spider webs, and billowing costumes. These hallmarks are a part of getting into the Halloween spirit, but unfortunately, they all pose fire hazards. However, with the right precautions, you can decorate your home and dress up for…

Host Fire Prevention Week 2017
September 17 | Read More »

Every year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) holds a Fire Prevention Week to bring awareness to a specific tenet of fire prevention and protection. This year, the theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” to spread education about escape route planning and the importance of preparation. The…

Fire Protection for Restaurants in Virginia
September 17 | Read More »

Restaurants have a higher fire risk than other commercial buildings. The hot temperatures, flammable cooking oils, and hectic nature of a restaurant kitchen can all lead to a devastating grease fire. Fortunately, with the right fire protection equipment and fire prevention planning, you can avoid a tragedy in your Virginia…

Fire Suppression Systems for Your Office
August 17 | Read More »

An increasing number of office buildings in Maryland, DC, and Virginia are upgrading to clean agent suppression systems to fight fires. Because of the many computers and electronics found in office environments, clean agent suppression is often a superior fire extinguishing option. This way, you don’t have to trade fire…

How to Clean Up Fire Extinguisher Residue
August 17 | Read More »

Did you recently use a portable fire extinguisher to quench a small fire in your Maryland, DC, or Virginia business? You’re probably relieved to have the incident behind you, but before you can return to business as usual, you must clean up the fire extinguisher residue. The recommended cleaning methods…

Do You Know the Most Common Causes of Fire in Your Industry?
July 17 | Read More »

The potential source of fire in your commercial environment dictates what kind of fire protection will best fit your needs. It is important to be aware of the leading cause so that you can prepare yourself and your employees for an emergency. There is no such thing as being over-prepared…

Fire Protection Services for Restaurants in Maryland
July 17 | Read More »

Restaurants require special fire protection services due to their highly flammable environment. A standard fire sprinkler or fire extinguisher system just doesn’t work when it comes to a grease fire. To be prepared for a fire emergency, you need systems in place to both suppress the fire and to empower…

What Are The Best Fire Protection Companies Near Me?
June 17 | Read More »

Choosing a fire protection company to partner with can be a tricky task. Each company offers different services at different prices with different experience. So how do you know which is truly the best? Which will help you get the best services without crazy high costs? Guardian Fire Protection Services…

Why Choose Guardian Fire Protection?
June 17 | Read More »

Fire Protection Services in Maryland, Virginia & Washington, DC Choosing a fire protection company is a big commitment. This company is going to design, install, and maintain your fire protection system for years to come—that means you need to establish a high level of trust from the beginning. Here are…

What Should I Do If My Building’s Fire Alarm Is Making Noise?
June 17 | Read More »

Fire alarms can make a lot of noise beyond their alarm sound. While these noises often indicate that something needs attention, they can sometimes persist without reason. This can quickly become a nuisance if you are unable to figure out why your alarm won’t stop making noise. Here are some…

Quick VS. Standard Response Sprinkler Heads
May 17 | Read More »

Did you know there are different kinds of fire sprinkler heads? Do you know which type of fire sprinkler head your building requires? Different types of sprinkler are designed for different environments, and which one you use can make or break your overall fire protection. There are six main characteristics…

What Do the Numbers Mean On a Fire Extinguisher?
April 17 | Read More »

When it’s time to purchase fire extinguishers for your business, you may be confused by the different letters and numbers on the label. To ensure you buy the right type and size for the application you have in mind, learn more about fire extinguisher classes and size ratings. Fire Extinguisher…

What Should I Do with an Expired Fire Extinguisher?
April 17 | Read More »

You work hard to make sure your DC Metro area business is safe from fire. This means you have portable fire extinguishers installed in all the right places around your building. But what about when your extinguishers reach the end of their useful life? Do you know what to do…

Fire Protection for Hospitals in Maryland
March 17 | Read More »

As a Maryland hospital manager, your number one priority is to keep your patients and staff safe. In addition to ensuring quality medical care, you must also take fire risks seriously. Do you have the necessary fire protection systems and safety protocols in place? If you’re not sure what your…

Fire Protection for Schools in Maryland
March 17 | Read More »

Operating a daycare center, grade school, or university means you’re responsible for the safety of your students, teachers, and staff. Is your building up-to-code? If you’re not sure, take the time to learn about fire risks in Maryland school buildings and how to mitigate them. What Causes School Building Fires?…

Fire Protection for Schools in Virginia
February 17 | Read More »

Whether you’re a daycare manager, high school principal, or university director in Virginia, it’s your job to make sure your students and staff are safe at your school. You might be building a new facility or renovating your existing one. Either way, Guardian Fire Protection can help you implement code-compliant fire…

Fire Protection for Hospitals in Virginia
February 17 | Read More »

You probably aren’t concerned with fire safety on a daily basis, but as a hospital director in Virginia, you’re responsible for protecting your patients from fire. If you’re constructing a new hospital or renovating your existing healthcare facility, having the proper fire protection equipment in place is essential – not…

Fire Protection for Hospitals in Washington, DC
January 17 | Read More »

If you run a hospital in DC, your number one priority is to ensure the safety of your patients and staff. Fire is undoubtedly among the threats that endanger your hospital and the people in it. Do you have the proper fire protection equipment and safety protocols in place? If…

Fire Protection for Schools in Washington, DC
January 17 | Read More »

As a daycare director, high school principal, or university manager, you’re responsible for the safety of everyone in your educational facility. If you don’t already have fire protection measures in place, now’s the time to learn about your school’s fire risks and how to mitigate them. Fires in Schools Each…

Kitchen Suppression System Installation for MGM Casino
January 17 | Read More »

No matter what type of business you have, a quality fire suppression system plays an important role in protecting your building in case of a fire emergency. At Guardian Fire Protection, we take pride in providing complete fire suppression system and kitchen vent hood services for commercial kitchens. Our most…

Evacuation Plans for Restaurants
December 16 | Read More »

As the owner of a restaurant, bar, or café, you want patrons to visit your destination for a relaxing, enjoyable time in a social atmosphere. An important part of achieving this goal is to provide comfortable seating and a captivating environment, but it doesn’t end there. You must also keep…

Evacuation Plan for Shopping Malls
December 16 | Read More »

As soon as you consider the size of the average mall and the number of patrons that may be inside at any given time, it’s immediately apparent that having an efficient evacuation plan is vital for fire safety and code compliance. If you own or manage a shopping mall in…

Fire Protection Services for Maryland Government Buildings
November 16 | Read More »

Whether you run a local post office, library, or other government building in Maryland, you have the important job of keeping your employees and patrons safe from fire. Fortunately, with services from Guardian Fire Protection and the right fire mitigation techniques, you can help prevent loss of life and property…

Fire Protection for Virginia Government Buildings
November 16 | Read More »

Every courthouse, town hall, and post office in Virginia requires fire protection to ensure the safety of employees and patrons inside. With the services available from Guardian Fire Protection, you can help protect lives and property in your government building. Fire Protection Equipment for Government Buildings in VA No single…

Fire Protection for DC Government Buildings
November 16 | Read More »

As the nation’s capitol, Washington, DC has more government buildings than average. From the Library of Congress to the National Archives to the US Capitol, DC government buildings require just as much fire protection as any other commercial property. Making the effort to protect against fire is vital for keeping…

Fire Protection for Shopping Malls in Maryland
October 16 | Read More »

If you’re the manager for one of Maryland’s shopping malls, your daily focus might be on customer satisfaction and maintaining a strong bottom line. However, it’s also essential to focus on fire safety. Whether you’re helping to build a new mall, renovate an existing shopping center, or keep your successful…

A Guide to Sizing Your Fire Extinguisher
September 16 | Read More »

When it comes to installing portable fire extinguishers in your business, you have many factors to consider, including what type you need and where to install each canister. ABC fire extinguishers, which are the most common type, are effective against Class A (ordinary fires), Class B (flammable fuel fires), and…

Fire Protection for Maryland Businesses
September 16 | Read More »

As a business owner in Maryland, you have plenty to think about every day. How will you bolster your bottom line? What customer service techniques will you employ? While these are important for growing your business, you can’t ignore the importance of fire protection. The combined goals of protecting your…

Fire Protection for Virginia Buildings
September 16 | Read More »

While you have plenty to worry about as a business owner in Virginia, you can’t put fire protection on the backburner. Whether your goal is to protect your building and its occupants or you want to avoid hefty non-compliance fines, Guardian Fire Protection is here to meet your needs. We…

Fire Protection for DC Restaurants
August 16 | Read More »

What’s your top priority as a restaurant owner or manager? You probably place a big emphasis on food safety and customer satisfaction, but don’t overlook the importance of fire protection as you go about your daily duties. If you’re ready to make sure your restaurant has the best fire protection…

Fire Protection with ServiceTrade in DC, MD & VA
July 16 | Read More »

As a business owner, you know how important great fire protection services are for your building. The team at Guardian Fire Protection takes pride in providing fire protection plans for businesses throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. That way, our customers can rest assured they will have comprehensive protection in…

Burnt Out Exit Lights: What Should You Do?
April 16 | Read More »

As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure your emergency lighting system is properly functioning at all times. Not only does this ensure that your employees, customers, and other occupants will be safe, but it will keep you in compliance with OSHA and LIFE SAFETY codes (and help…

The Benefits of Foam Fire Suppression Systems
April 16 | Read More »

Did you know that many flammable liquids cannot be controlled or put out by a traditional sprinkler system? Believe it or not, foam fire systems are known for being able to separate fuel from the air, making them the best fire protection system for companies that handle or processes flammable…

Fire Suppression Systems for Washington, DC Restaurants
March 16 | Read More »

As a restaurant owner in the DC area, you’re busy making important decisions for your business. You don’t have a lot of time to spend thinking about fire safety, but it’s a vital part of running a compliant restaurant. That’s why you should take a few minutes to learn about…

How Do Fire Sprinklers Work
February 16 | Read More »

Sprinkler systems are among the most useful tools in your firefighting arsenal. Today’s systems have been shown to reduce deaths and property loss by more than 65 percent. For this reason, fire sprinklers are certainly something you want in your commercial property! But how do fire sprinklers work? We answer…

What Happens During a Fire Extinguisher Inspection?
February 16 | Read More »

As a restaurant or business owner in the Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia area, it’s important to follow fire extinguisher inspection guidelines. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has established these guidelines to help protect business owners, employees and customers from the deadly effects of fire. First, the NFPA requires…

Fire Extinguishers: Refill or Replace?
March 15 | Read More »

If you’ve recently used your fire extinguishers to put out a fire, you have two choices: to refill (recharge) or replace your equipment. So which option is the right one? At Guardian, we can provide expert guidance to help keep your building safe and prepared for any circumstances in MD,…

Should I Use an Expired Fire Extinguisher?
December 14 | Read More »

In short, no, you should not use an expired fire extinguisher. With proper care (including recharging and hydro-testing), your fire extinguisher should be able to last 10 – 12 years. However, it’s important that you schedule regular maintenance with a professional fire protection company like Guardian, so we can ensure…

Guardian Achieved Ansul Triple Diamond Partner Status Again
March 14 | Read More »

Guardian Fire Protection would like to thank all of our fire extinguisher customers throughout the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC area—thanks to your help, we’ve achieved Ansul Triple Diamond Partner status for the second year in a row! To achieve Ansul Triple Diamond status, we’ve had to sell a minimum…

Standard vs. Quick Response Sprinkler Heads
November 13 | Read More »

Do you know which type of fire sprinkler head your building requires? Different types of sprinkler are designed for different types of buildings, and the one you use can make or break your overall fire protection. There are six main characteristics that define a sprinkler’s ability to control or extinguish…

The Basics of a Well Designed Fire Alarm System
November 13 | Read More »

A well designed fire alarm system is the number one means of alerting your building’s occupants of a fire. The most effective fire alarm systems comprise a number of different components, including: Fire Alarm Panel The fire alarm panel is the center of operations for your entire fire alarm system,…

The Basics of Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher Inspection
November 13 | Read More »

A fire extinguisher that’s not well maintained is even more dangerous than no fire extinguisher at all. The valuable seconds you could waste trying to get it to work could literally be the difference between life and death. That’s why fire extinguisher inspections are so important—provided you have them done…

What Is the Best Fire Alarm Panel?
October 13 | Read More »

A lot of business owners ask us this question, and to be honest there’s no easy way to answer it. After all, there is no single best fire alarm panel out there—each one has features that make it easier or harder to operate. That said, there are certain features you…

How Long Should a Portable Fire Extinguisher Last?
October 13 | Read More »

If you run a business in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, you hopefully already know how important it is to have properly maintained fire extinguishers. And if you’ve never had to use them, it’s very possible that you’ve had the same extinguishers for years. So the important question is—how long…

What to Do After the Fire Alarm Sounds
October 13 | Read More »

When the fire alarm sounds in your building, there’s not much time to think about what’s going on. Hopefully you have an effective evacuation plan in place so your employees will be able to exit the building in a safe and orderly fashion. And while your primary objective should be…

What Is Hydrostatic Testing?
September 13 | Read More »

Any time you have a vessel under pressure, it’s critically important that you have it vigorously stress tested before putting it to use. Hydrostatic testing will test the strengths and weaknesses of the vessel, including leaks and deformities. Hydrostatic testing is required for your fire extinguisher every 12 years. If…

Is Your Fire Suppression System Outdated?
September 13 | Read More »

In order to work properly, clean agent fire suppression systems must be properly installed and regularly inspected. Regular fire suppression system inspections will ensure that your building, along with the people and any valuable equipment inside it, are protected from fires. Clean agent Commercial fire suppression systems are vital for…

All About Denlar Kitchen Hoods
August 13 | Read More »

Bridgeport, CT: Late in 2009, The Bridgeport Housing Authority (BHA) experienced tragedy when an unattended cooking fire grew out of control and took the lives of a mother and three young children. Recently, a fire started under similar circumstances but the result was far less tragic, when housing officials revealed that a significant…

Commercial Fire Alarm Upgrades from Honeywell
August 13 | Read More »

Good news for anyone interested in fire alarm monitoring: Honeywell, long-time maker of high-quality fire alarms, has recently upgraded the communications technology for their fire alarm systems, opting to go full digital. Making the switch to their new digital system is easy and doesn’t require any expensive changes to your…

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
August 13 | Read More »

If a fire breaks out in your building, knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is one thing, but more important is knowing when to use one. You are not required to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire in your building, and attempting to stay inside and…

The Benefits of Sidewall Fire Sprinklers
July 13 | Read More »

Residential fire sprinkler technology, especially in apartment complexes, has greatly advanced and continues to do so, in order to meet consumer’s needs. All major residential fire sprinkler manufacturers have developed horizontal sidewall sprinklers for home fire sprinkler system applications. Sidewall fire sprinklers, as the name suggests, protrude from the side…

New Maryland Fire Alarm Laws
May 13 | Read More »

On July 1, 2013, new laws will go into effect in Maryland that require all Maryland apartments to have 10-year smoke alarms installed. To clarify, this means that battery-operated smoke alarms need to have batteries designed to last 10 years. State fire officials hope the new laws and new technology…

Pros and Cons of Wireless Fire Alarms
May 13 | Read More »

As communications systems continue to trend toward going wireless, it was only a matter of time before life safety systems followed suit. These days, more and more businesses and residential communities around the area are switching to wireless fire alarm systems thanks to their cost benefits and ease of installation….

Is Your Fire Protection System Up to Date?
May 13 | Read More »

If you run a business in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, you’ve already got a million things on your mind—your building’s fire protection system might not be one of them! Things like your fire alarms, fire sprinkler system, and fire extinguishers are things you hope you never need—but in the…

Fire Pump Inspection FAQs
April 13 | Read More »

Early spring is the perfect time of year for a fire pump test—with the risk of freezing temperatures behind us, there’s no potential for a flow test to turn into an icy hazard. NFPA 25 stipulates a number of fire pump inspections and tests, including quarterly, semiannual, annual, and five-year…

Understanding the Basics of Kitchen Fire Suppression
April 13 | Read More »

A well installed and maintained kitchen fire suppression system is critical to keeping your restaurant or commercial food prep facility safe from fire. Two different NFPA codes lay out requirements for kitchen fire suppression systems: NFPA 96: Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations NFPA 17:…

The Benefits of LED Emergency Lighting
February 13 | Read More »

You already know how important emergency lighting is to your building—it’s the safest way to maintain order and help people escape during an emergency situation. But not all emergency lights are created equal! While incandescent and fluorescent lights are still effective and popular, new advances in technology have led to…

Fire Protection for Healthcare Facilities
February 13 | Read More »

If you operate a hospital or healthcare facility, you know how important it is to make sure your patients and staff are kept safe from fires at all times. But implementing quality fire safety initiatives in healthcare facilities can be a huge challenge—not only must you make considerations for an…

Fire Protection for Telecommunications Facilities
January 13 | Read More »

If you run a telecommunications facility, you cant afford to have your system go down for anything. That’s why it’s critical to have a fire suppression system in place that will quickly put down any potential catastrophes before they have a chance to do major damage. But a traditional water-based…

Benefits of Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers
January 13 | Read More »

For fires involving materials like paper, wood and plastic, dry chemical fire extinguishers are the fastest and easiest way to prevent major disasters. But for fires in the kitchen, dry chemical fire extinguishers can create an unsafe environment and may not be enough to keep flames down.

More News of Fire Extinguisher Inspection Scams
December 12 | Read More »

At least four businesses in Spring Hill, FL have been victims of fraudulent fire extinguisher inspections over the past few weeks. A man named Allen Rhyndress entered the businesses, offered his services, “visually inspected” the fire extinguishers, collected cash payment, and provided a hand written receipt.

Important Kitchen Fire Suppression Considerations
December 12 | Read More »

If you work in a commercial kitchen, whether in a hotel, restaurant, or any other food service facility, you already know about the ever present fire risk. Bustling, frenetic activity in the kitchen combined with hot oils, flames, cooking surfaces, and high-powered cooking appliances mean one wrong move could start a dangerous blaze.

Don’t Let Building Security Compromise Fire Safety
November 12 | Read More »

Building security and fire protection share a common goal—to protect life and safety throughout your building. However, it is possible for the two to conflict in their methods, and it’s not unheard of for building security measures to contribute to deadly building fires that could have been prevented with the appropriate fire suppression systems.

Will Having a Fire Sprinkler Help Reduce Insurance Premiums?
October 12 | Read More »

Fire sprinklers require continuous maintenance, but there’s good news: not only will they keep your building safe from fires, but in many cases they can help you get a sizable discount on your insurance premiums!“If you have an alarm or sprinkler system, your rates will most likely be less,” according…

Types of Sprinkler Tests
October 12 | Read More »

Having a variety of fire protection systems is crucial for keeping your building as safe as possible. But it can be a challenge keeping up with the inspection and maintenance schedules for each system!

Benefits of Fire Alarm Monitoring
October 12 | Read More »

If you’ve ever read our blog, you know that next to a fire sprinkler system, a working fire alarm system is the most important equipment you can have to keep your building safe from fires. But even the best fire alarm systems are limited by one fact: you’re probably not…

Halon Decommissioning – What You Need to Know
October 12 | Read More »

If you use a Halon fire suppression system to protect your building from fire, you probably know that Halon has been identified as a potent ozone depleter and no new Halon supplies can be produced. And while it’s still legal to operate Halon fire suppression systems, many business owners are…

Fire Pump Sizing and Selection
September 12 | Read More »

A properly sized fire pump is critical to ensuring your fire sprinkler system will work appropriately and keep your building protected. Standards for sizing and selection of fire pumps are governed by NFPA 20: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection. Calculating Fire Pump Pressure Requirements Depending…

NFPA Standards Summary
May 12 | Read More »

Most fire codes are governed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In fact, the organization produces over 200 standards used in building and fire codes worldwide. At Guardian Fire Protection, our Maryland fire protection technicians are well-versed and highly knowledgeable in NFPA standards, particularly as they apply to things…

Infographic – Types of Fire Extinguishers
April 12 | Read More »

Confused about what kinds of fire extinguishers you need in your building? We’ve put together an awesome infographic to help you figure out exactly what you need!

NFPA Report Finds Fire Risk Lower in High-Rise Buildings
January 12 | Read More »

Here’s an interesting statistic: according to a new report from the NFPA, high-rise buildings actually tend to have a lower risk of fire and associated losses than lower-rise buildings! Fires in high-rise buildings cause about $230 million a year in property damage and take more than 50 lives. Overall, however,…

The Importance of Fire Prevention Education
January 12 | Read More »

It’s no secret that fire sprinklers will make your building much safer – it’s something we mention on just about every blog post we write! But one of the misconceptions we commonly see is people believe if they have a fire sprinkler system in their building they are automatically perfectly…

What’s Involved in Proper Fire Alarm Maintenance ?
December 11 | Read More »

At Guardian Fire Protection, we talk a lot about the importance of fire alarm maintenance. After all, when it comes to protecting life and property, your fire alarm is one of the most important things you can have installed in your building. But what exactly is involved in

Be Careful With Those Trees!
December 11 | Read More »

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – unless your business is not taking proper precautions against building fires. Every year around this time, fire departments all around Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC host demonstrations reminding people about the importance of fire safety during the holidays. Even so, approximately…

Can You Recharge Used Fire Extinguishers?
October 11 | Read More »

Making sure your building is equipped with fully charged fire extinguishers is critical to your safety and the safety of the people in your building. While fires in most buildings are extremely rare, the risk is always present and improperly charged fire extinguishers can put you and your employees at…

It’s Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family From Fire! Oct. 9 – 15
October 11 | Read More »

October 9th marks the 140th anniversary of the famous Great Chicago Fire and the lesser known but actually more destructive Peshtigo fire, two of the most devastating fires in our country’s history. Legend has it that the Great Chicago Fire was started in Mrs. O’Leary’s barn, where an otherwise innocent…

Guardian Provides Fire Extinguisher Maintenance for Thurgood Marshall in DC
October 11 | Read More »

At Guardian Fire Protection, we’ve been busy recently! Coming in right on the heels of our FedEx field kitchen fire suppression system inspections, we recently completed a huge fire extinguisher maintenance project

Fire Alarm Inspection Huntington at King Farm
September 11 | Read More »

If you live in the Huntington at King Farm apartments, you may have seen a few friendly faces in your building last month – specifically, Guardian Fire Protection’s fire alarm inspection experts! They recently completed a fire alarm inspection across the whole property, so you can sleep better knowing that…

Fire Sprinkler Inspection at Huntington at King Farm – Rockville, MD
September 11 | Read More »

If you live in an apartment building, you probably don’t ever think about your building’s fire sprinkler system. Fortunately, if you happen to live in the Huntington at King Farm, you don’t have to – Guardian Fire Protection just inspected the fire sprinkler systems throughout the apartment complex, and they’re…

Why You Should Purchase Fire Extinguishers in Bulk
August 11 | Read More »

One thing that makes a lot of people nervous about purchasing fire extinguishers is the thought of going to the store, picking out the best brand and class of fire extinguisher to suit their building’s needs and then loading them into a cart, bringing them to a checkout aisle and…

Buying Fire Extinguishers for Offices
August 11 | Read More »

If you own a building in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, you know how important it is to have working, well maintained fire extinguishers to keep your building safe. Of course, fire extinguishers aren’t the kind of thing you can just pick up at an office supply store—especially not with…

Guardian Fire Protection Tests Every Kitchen Fire Suppression System at FedEx Field
August 11 | Read More »

If you get a hot dog or some nachos at a Redskins game this year, you can quietly thank Guardian Fire Protection for keeping your food (and the people who make it) safe. That’s right, the Rockville, Maryland-based fire protection company, serving Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC just hydrotested every…

Do You Know the Basics of Proper Emergency Light Maintenance?
August 11 | Read More »

One of the most basic elements of a fire protection system is proper emergency lighting. In any kind of emergency, the electricity (and therefore the lights) are most likely going to be the first things to go – and even the momentary panic from the loss of power can be…

Ways to Prepare for Fire Code Inspections
July 11 | Read More »

Is your building ready for a fire inspection? The fire marshal could drop by unannounced at any time, so it is important that you make sure your building is up to code at all times. But what does “up to code” really mean? After all, fire codes can be complicated…

Types of Fire Alarms
June 11 | Read More »

Do you know what type of fire alarm you need to install in your building? There are three major categories of fire alarms, each of which designed to respond to different fire-caused stimuli:

Warehouse Fire Safety Tips
May 11 | Read More »

Compliance with fire safety codes is important not only for keeping your building safe from fires, but also for avoiding potentially damaging fire marshal fines. If you operate a warehouse in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, the following are steps you need to take to make sure you are in…

Where Should You Install a Fire Alarm in Your Office?
May 11 | Read More »

One of the most important ways to ensure your fire alarm system will keep your building protected is to make sure the individual fire detection devices are located in the correct areas. Installing fire alarm in the right places not improves your level of protection against all types of fires,…

Prevent Fire Pump Failure by Exercising Your Pump
May 11 | Read More »

Like a car that sits in the garage for 10 years, your fire pump cannot be expected to run at full capacity if it is left idle for too long. Underuse may damage certain fire pump components, which may prevent the system from activating properly when you need it most….

Office Fire Safety Tips
May 11 | Read More »

If you have a serious fire in your Maryland, Virginia or Washington DC building, your fire sprinkler system, fire alarms and fire extinguishers can only protect you so much—the most important thing is that you and your coworkers and employees understand how to act so that everyone can get out…

Improve Your Fire Protection By Installing Duct Detectors!
May 11 | Read More »

Forced air HVAC systems are the most common ways that most Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC buildings are kept warm or cool. Unfortunately, since they blow air through ducts into every room in a building, they can also blow smoke through the ductwork to every part of your building. Worse…

Fire Sprinklers: Myths vs. Facts
April 11 | Read More »

Do you have a fire sprinkler system installed in your Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC building? If not, you should – fire sprinklers are the most effective fire protection systems available. Unfortunately, misconceptions about fire sprinkler systems make some people nervous to install them – however, many of those misconceptions…

Halon Recycling – The Basics
April 11 | Read More »

If you have a Halon fire suppression system installed in your building, you probably already know the drill – it’s still the most effective fire suppression system (even 40 years after its development!), but it is extremely destructive to the ozone layer should it escape into the outside air and…

How Do You Perform a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Inspection?
March 11 | Read More »

Fire extinguisher guidelines require that you have your equipment professionally inspected, tested, and tagged annually. But since fire extinguishers are designed to be a quick-response means of defending your building against fires, they need to be able to work at a moment’s notice all year long! In addition to annual…

When Should You Recharge Your FM 200?
March 11 | Read More »

Once again, we’re going to admit this up front: you should recharge your FM 200 fire suppression system immediately after it discharges, every time it discharges. As with your fire extinguisher (and every other fire suppression system that can be used up), you want to minimize the time that your…

Have You Had Your Fire Extinguisher Hydro Test?
March 11 | Read More »

As fire extinguishers age, they require specific services to ensure they can continue to keep your building safe. In addition to annual professional inspections and monthly self-inspections, you need to have a test called a hydrostatic test every 12 years. Fire Extinguisher Hydrostatic Testing During a hydrostatic test, your fire…

When Should You Recharge a Fire Extinguisher?
March 11 | Read More »

We probably should not admit this right here in the first sentence, but this whole blog post can be summed up in one sentence: you should recharge your fire extinguisher immediately after you use it, every time you use it. The only way you can be sure that your fire…

How to Design an Effective Hospital Fire Safety Plan
March 11 | Read More »

Most fire safety plans are designed to get each individual inside your building up and out of the building as quick as possible in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done in hospitals. At any given moment, you could have hundreds or thousands of…

Fire Extinguisher FAQs
February 11 | Read More »

Over the past few weeks, we’ve answered commonly asked questions about fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, even Halon fire suppression systems. But most of those things go off automatically

Frequently Asked Questions About Halon
February 11 | Read More »

If you’ve ever spent any time looking for a fire suppression system for your building, you’ve probably heard about Halon, which is often touted as being the most effective fire suppression system in the world. But what is Halon? Is it safe for people? Why isn’t it more commonly used?…

Fire Alarm System FAQs ?
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Fire Protection FAQs

Your overall fire protection system is one of the most important things you have in your building. Between your fire sprinkler system, fire extinguishers, fire alarms and exit lights, it’s imperative you keep your systems in proper working order at all times. However, many people are unclear on exactly what their fire protection systems actually do and how they work. At Guardian Fire Protection, we want our customers to have the best information possible about their fire protection systems. That’s why we put together this list of the most common questions we get!

Fire Protection Glossary
  • AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction)

    Organization, office or individual responsible for approving equipment, materials, installations and procedures.

  • ANSI (American National Standards Institute)

    Organization that oversees the development of consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems and personnel in the United States.

  • Antifreeze Sprinkler System

    Wet pipe fire sprinkler system that holds a small amount of antifreeze in the pipes to keep the water from freezing. When the sprinkler system activates, some of the antifreeze is discharged along with the water.

  • Automatic Sprinkler System

    Rire suppression system that operates automatically in response to the heat from flames. When activated, the fire sprinkler system douses the area in its effect radius with water.

  • Dry Pipe Fire Sprinkler System

    Automatic fire sprinkler system that stores water in a central tank as opposed to in the pipes. Slightly increases sprinkler response time, and useful in areas where water stored in pipes can freeze.

  • Fire Pump

    Pump that supplies water to the fire sprinkler system.

  • FM 200 Fire Suppression System

    Clean agent fire suppression system with no effect on the ozone layer. Used as a replacement for Halon 1301.

Fire Sprinkler Components
  • Stop Valve

    Stops the flow of water from coming into the fire sprinkler system from the municipal water supply when the fire sprinkler system is not activated.

  • Alarm Valve

    Opens the stop valve when the fire sprinkler system activates, controlling the flow of water into the fire sprinkler system.

  • Alarm Test Valve

    Allows you to test your fire sprinkler system at shut off conditions.

  • Pressure Switch

    Enables the fire sprinkler system to alert the fire department that your fire sprinkler system is going off; monitors your fire alarm system by watching for a fall in water pressure after the alarm valve.

  • Flow Switch

    Monitors the flow of water through different sections of pipe within the automatic fire sprinkler system. If the flow switches sense enough water flowing, they trigger the alarm.

  • Pressure Gauge

    Measures the pressure within the fire sprinkler system. No real surprises there!

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