Do you have employees working late for you? Can you afford to be out of business or replace your entire inventory if it disappears? You may have great business insurance, but do you have protection from fire?
Your business provides the income your family lives on, along with the income each of your employees depends on. Without full commercial fire alarm monitoring, you’re putting your business at risk. Don’t take the chance of a fire ruining your business, costing your employees jobs or harming someone inside the building.
Why Your Business Needs After Hours Fire Protection
If you have employees working after business hours, you really have very little choice. You have a duty to protect those employees and simple, store-bought smoke detectors are really the least you can do. Of course, you need to do more than just the least you can do.
Your business and your employees deserve full fire protection from 24/7 monitoring. With commercial fire alarm monitoring, you gain the protect you need to ensure anybody working is protected and your business is also protected. Monitoring allows emergency response personnel to arrive as fast as humanly possible, which could mean someone’s life is saved or you don’t lose everything.
Without monitoring, you’re counting on someone near your business to see smoke, smell smoke or hear the alarm and make the call to 9-1-1. Fire monitoring means your alarm will take care of this for you. You won’t need to count on someone else making the call. The alarm will notify a central monitoring station as soon as it’s activated. Immediately, emergency response personnel will be notified and on their way to save your business.
Meeting New Jersey Requirements
You really don’t have much choice in the State of New Jersey. A commercial fire alarm system is a requirement by law and you have to have it monitored, as well. Even though this is part of meeting with the state’s requirements, there are many benefits you gain from commercial fire alarm monitoring. Some of the benefits include:
- Peace of mind from full 24/7 protection
- Employees are protected during business hours and after business hours
- Your business is protected even when no one is there
- Full detection of fire, smoke and carbon monoxide
While you may be most concerned with fire code compliance, a fire alarm system with 24/7 monitoring provides more than just what the state requires. With the right security company, you will also gain landline and telephone-free monitoring and experienced agents with a complete understanding of commercial fire risks. Give us a call to learn more about a customized solution for your business 973.335.3931
How Much Will a Fire Cost Your Business?
Fires happen in different ways and the damage they may cause can be catastrophic. Depending on the type of business you run in New Jersey, the cause of fires may vary. The NFPA breaks businesses down into eight categories:
- Restaurants & Bars
- Health Care Facilities
- Industrial/Manufacturing Properties
- Office Properties
- Religious Properties
- Merchant & Retail Stores
The leading cause of fires for each category of business is found below:
- Restaurants & Bars – Cooking Equipment (57%)
- Warehouses – Set Fires, Lighting Equipment, Electrical Distribution (18%)
- Health Care Facilities – Cooking Equipment (61%)
- Industrial/Manufacturing Properties – Heating Equipment, Industrial Equipment, Shop Tools (14%)
- Office Properties – Cooking Equipment (29%)
- Religious Properties – Cooking Equipment (30%)
- Schools – Intentionally set fires (38%)
- Merchant & Retail Stores – Electrical fires (22%)
Cooking equipment is a high risk for any business and can cause plenty of damage from fires. Another big cause for some businesses is an intentionally set fire.
Industrial and manufacturing properties suffer the largest number of fires annually with merchant and retail stores coming in second. Most commonly, fires happen during regular businesses hours, but fires happening after hours cause the most damage.
The average cost of a single warehouse fire is more than $128K, while the average cause of a health care facility fire is $8,333. These are the highest and lowest costs of fire damage to businesses. Other business categories are as follows:
- Restaurants & Bars – $32,199
- Industrial/Manufacturing Properties – $27,027
- Office Properties – $33,532
- Religious Properties – $62,360
- Schools – $17,255
- Merchant & Retail Stores – $44,509
The right after hours fire protection can make a huge difference. In religious properties, if the property had a sprinkler system, the average cost of the damage caused by a fire was 73% lower.
It’s pretty easy to see from the stats above, fire damage is expensive. Without full commercial fire alarm monitoring your business is at risk. Would you rather have an after hours fire put out within minutes or engulf your entire business before the fire department shows up?
When you install a full fire monitoring system within your business, emergency responders are on their way within seconds of the alarm being tripped. Without this type of fire protection, there’s no telling how long the fire could be going on before emergency responders are notified. AC Daughtry can help you determine the best security solution for your business, call us today at 973.335.3931
All statistics above are according the NFPA website.
Protect Your Business From Fire Today
Fire protection in New Jersey isn’t optional. No matter the type of business you run, you need to be fully protected. Not only do you need smoke detectors, but you also need monitoring, fire extinguishers, a sprinkler system (for some businesses) and the right training.
Protection from fire comes with the right alarm system, but prevention can also go a very long way. Having experts come in and train your staff on the dangers of fire within the workplace can go a very long way. If your staff understands how to use a fire extinguisher and understands the risks, the fire may be put out before the alarm even goes off.
You need the right protection and prevention for your business. Hiring a professional security company specializing in commercial fire alarm installation and monitoring will give you the full protection you need. Whether you run a small business or a large corporate office, you need full protection. Don’t take chances with an inadequate protection. Contact us today to discuss the fire protection your business needs.