Hiring a fire protection company for regular inspection of your commercial, industrial or government building is not a task that should be taken lightly. There is a lot to think about when deciding to hire a fire protection company and deciding which is best can be daunting – after all, how do you know that you can truly rely on them to prevent a potentially devastating fire? We’re going to take you through our list of the 4 things you should ask your fire protection company before hiring them, so you can make sure that you’re making the best choice for your family, employees, and yourself.
Finding out which fire protection services they offer is the first question you should ask a fire protection company. It’s important to hire a company that covers all of the services you need, so you don’t have to end up hiring multiple different providers.
Juddfire.com explains why some fire protection companies only offer limited services:
“Some vendors only concentrate on a few specialized services, but not us. We can help you from start to finish. Not only can we install the fire protection systems that you need, but we’ll design them specifically for your building and help you come up with a fire safety plan. Our job is to make sure that your home or business is fireproof. After we install the fire protection systems, we also make sure that they’re working efficiently year after year. Maintenance is vital.”
While experience doesn’t always mean everything, you can bet that a company that has managed to stay in business for many years is doing something right. These companies have also managed to adapt to several changes in fire codes over the years and know the importance of keeping up with the latest technologies.
Associated Fire Protection tells us why experience really can mean everything when it comes to your fire protection company:
“When researching fire inspection companies, pay attention to how long they’ve been in business. If you just need a quick inspection so you can sell your building, it may not matter much. But if you’re looking for a long-term partner, you may want to find out when the company was established. Fire codes and technologies change, but longevity proves that a company can do good work.”
Did you know that every province in Canada has its own requirements for certification? Your fire protection service provider must be able to provide proof that they are qualified to service special hazard fire suppression systems. This includes acquiring a certificate of training from a manufacturer or from a public post-secondary educational institution.
In this day and age, we need to ask how much a service costs up front and compare prices along the way. While price should certainly not be the most important factor when it comes to fire safety, you have to make sure you can afford the company you’re hiring.
Levitt Safety tells us why you should ask how much your fire protection company costs up front:
“Don’t be afraid to ask a company how much their service costs. If a price tag is too good to be true, it probably is. If a price tag seems too high, find out what services are included. Your potential fire service provider should be able to map out what their service includes and what type of service you can expect and the fire suppression products they offer. You can also ask about value added services — what is available, what is included in the price you’re paying and what is treated as extra. This question can help understand the potential hidden value in higher prices.”
Fire-Alert takes pride in equipping homeowners with all necessary fire safety devices to ensure the well-being of families across the nation, with over 35 years of experience. Fire-Alert is also in good standing with reputable fire and safety organizations such as NFPA, NAFED and Comply Works. Reach out to us using our contact form to find out more.