If you own a business such as a store, restaurant or hotel, you know how important it is to have a working sprinkler system. Every year, fires in hotels and motels are the cause of 15 deaths and 150 injuries and almost $76 million in propety loss and damage. For buildings where there is a working sprinkler system, the National Fire Protection Association has reported fewer deaths and injuries. This shows how important having a good fire sprinkler repair company is.
Tips to Picking the Right Fire Sprinkler Repair Company:
Does the company have the proper licenses?Different states have different rules and regulations when it comes to the proper licensing of companies that install, maintain, repair and inspect fire sprinkler systems. Most states give companies different levels of licensing. Ask the firms what kind of license they have and what training they provide their employees. Do not take their word for it. You can always check with your state and local government. This is too important to just believe the fire sprinkler repair company when they say they have the proper license.
Talk to people who own businesses in your area.If your business is in an office building or strip mall kind of setting, the company that manages the property may be able to steer you in the right direction for hiring a fire sprinkler repair services company. It is in their best interest to keep your space safe from fire so that should be your first step in hiring someone. You can also go to friends or other business owners who have a similar business to yours. If you own a restaurant, for example, talk to other restaurants about what they do for this. Check online for reviews of different fire sprinkler companies.
How responsive are they?If you call a fire sprinkler repair company and they do not get back to you right away, take your business elsewhere. If they cannot take the time to talk to you before you sign on for their services, they will most likely not have the time to get back to you when you are a client. You also need to be confident that the company will be avaikable should there be an emergency.
How much experience do they have with your type of business and building?When it comes to fire sprinkler repair and maintenance, there is no “one size fits all” approach. If you have a restaurant, your system will be configured a bit differently than if you own a jewelry store. The same can be said for different building types. Make sure the company you hire to handle your fire sprinkler repair and maintenance has experience with your kind of business and building. The kinds of inspections that need to be done on different buildings varies quite a bit.
Does the company handle all the services that you need?The time to find out that your fire sprinkler repair services company does not handle a particular service is not when you need it the most. For example, you have a fire code violation, You need it taken care of as soon as possible, if the company you have hired cannot help with that, you can face a longer period of down time for your business. Make it a point to ask about what services are and are not covered. It is not neccessarily a bad idea to have one company deal with repairs and another to handle inspections but make sure have a plan in place when or if something goes wrong.
In addition to having a working fire sprinkler system in your business, you should also have a plan for what to do if you have an actual fire. Despite the importance of developing a good emergency plan, only 35% of companies in the United States say they have one. Develop your fire plan and make sure all employees know and understand it. New hires should be trained and existing staff should have refresher trainings to keep it in their minds. Having a plan in place for what to do during an emergency is as important as doing all that you can to prevent one from happening.
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