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Why Include Maintenance as part of the Inspection Test Contract instead of as a T&M extra charge?

Published on June 10, 2019, by AFA Author

The owner or manager of a building is responsible for ensuring that its fire alarm system always works. But even high-quality fire alarm systems will fail sometimes. These failures may be discovered during the routine testing and inspection or by building personnel during their daily work or as a result of audible of visible notification from the system. Continue Reading

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Why Your Business Needs Regular Fire Alarm Inspections

Published on April 17, 2019, by AFA Author

Did you know you are required to have your commercial building inspected at least annually? Fire alarm inspections are a requirement to keep your building code compliant. Your local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) can and will visit your business/building at any time to ensure your fire alarm system has been inspected and is working properly in accordance with Local, State and/or National Fire Alarm Code. Continue Reading

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Proprietary vs. Non-Proprietary Fire Alarm Systems: Why You Should Care

Published on February 16, 2019, by AFA Author

The concept is simple – purchase a proprietary fire alarm system and be prepared to be “married” to the manufacturer and service provider. Alternatively, you can purchase or install a non-proprietary fire alarm system which will give you the ability to choose from a variety of authorized fire alarm service providers. In this article we will explain how this decision will impact the alarm systems end user and why choosing a non-proprietary system is the obvious long term choice. Continue Reading

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Alarm Signal Transmission Methods: Past, Present, and Future

Published on January 14, 2019, by AFA Author

AFA Protective Systems, Inc. has been monitoring alarm signals for over 145 years. Over that time, technology has advanced dramatically and there are a number of approved ways for alarm signals to get from a customer’s premise to a central monitoring station that are less expensive, faster and more diverse than ever before. Continue Reading

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How to Deal With and Prevent Vandalism Against Your Business

Published on October 15, 2018, by AFA Author

Learn about why vandalism occurs against businesses and how you can prevent further occurrences against your property. Continue Reading