Fire & Safety Services: What You Can Expect from HRSS
High Rise Security Systems (HRSS) is a premier fire & safety service company in the Chicago area. As cities and suburbs have evolved, office buildings have become taller, campuses more massive, hotels grander, apartment and condominium complexes more elaborate. To guard the safety of the occupants in these large structures, sophisticated and well designed fire detection, notification, and evacuation systems are vital.
No system within any building is more important than the fire detection system. When an early warning is essential to notifying all occupants and quick response, a few minutes can make all the difference between a safe evacuation and a potential disaster.
For the design, installation, monitoring, and maintenance of the most sophisticated fire, smoke and gas detection and notification networks, High Rise Security Systems of Chicago has over 30 years experience in protecting Chicagoland lives and property from danger. As members of the most important construction and fire protection associations, HRSS is fully certified by UL® and NICET® (National Institution for Certification in Engineering Technologies). These relevant certifications attest to the professionalism and expertise of the company and its technicians.
Designing Your Detection Systems with CAD Technology
Whether planning the construction of a new high-rise or other large building, or retrofitting an older facility, the objectives for installing an efficient fire detection system are the same. Essential elements are the proper placement of the right number of detection devices with prominent notification methods for internal and external alerting. Evacuation routes should be carefully designed and prominently displayed.
HRSS, specializing in all fire & safety services, designs and installs fire detection systems in healthcare, hospitality, educational, and business facilities. HRSS works with building owners, supervisors, and developers to create the ideal systems for the type and function of each building.
When HRSS experts collaborate on the planning and construction of new structures or any remodel, they employ computer aided design (CAD) technologies. These systems allow the technician to replicate the entire structure in three dimensions to identify the types, number, and exact placement of detection and notification devices to ensure all occupants receive sufficient warning and instruction in case of an emergency.
Also, designing primary and alternative evacuation routes without bottlenecks is an essential part of the contingency planning.
In the course of their fire & safety services, High Rise Security experts will also designate areas of rescue sites where individuals will be diverted to in order to get away from potential dangers that may exist outside of the building.
Networking Fire and Smoke Detection Systems
High Rise Security Systems can integrate all detection systems throughout the building or campus with central monitoring capability. Each device would be wirelessly connected to each other and to a centralized security monitoring location. Also, the system could instantly notify the local fire departments and other emergency agencies for the quickest possible response.
Integrated closed circuit TV systems strategically placed throughout the facility keeps the control personnel apprised of the status of the emergency and the evacuation process. These systems help emergency personnel to identify the location of any individuals who may remain in the structure.
Wireless connectivity allows for remote monitoring of essential systems to allow first responders to identify the condition of people who may still occupy the building and the status of the interior structure.
Types of Fire and Smoke Detection Systems
Fire alarm systems are far more capable and sophisticated today than the “break glass” devices and the clanging bell that many of us recall from the past. Today’s fire detection instruments are highly complex sensory devices that detect the slightest presence of smoke even before flames are present. These smoke sensing devices may be photoelectric, ionization, or a combination of both to detect the first presence of smoke or fire.
Photoelectric smoke detectors are highly sensitive instruments that consist of small directed light sources that, when diverted by even a trace of smoke, will redirect the light onto a sensor and engage the alarm systems. The device responds by sending detection information to the central fire alarm control panel that will then initiate emergency activity.
The ionization type detection devices contain the chemical americum-241 housed in a small chamber. When smoke enters the device as a result of fast flaming fires, such as cooking fires, an alarm is instantly activated.
Depending upon the building use and materials employed, different types of systems may be more appropriate than others.
Fire suppression, retardant, or sprinkler systems are often necessary for places where highly flammable chemicals and materials may be present. In these situations, rapidly spreading or explosive fires may threaten, and quick suppression is required to protect lives and assets.
NOTIFIER™️ by Honeywell
One of High Rise Security’s featured partners is NOTIFIER™️ by Honeywell. A world-class leader in atmospheric detection and fire & safety services for over a century, Honeywell offers the most advanced systems for fire detection and notification with their NOTIFIER Integrated Systems.
The heart of the NOTIFIER systems is the NOTIFIER Fire Alarm Control Panel. The state-of-the-art Onyx Intelligent Fire Alarm Control Panel will network with the full range of fire detection systems throughout any large campus, sprawling hospital, or multi-storied skyscraper.
NOTIFIER Integrated Network
Because of the interactive capability of the NOTIFIER Control Panel, all elements of the fire detection system can become fully integrated. HRSS experts can wirelessly connect each detection sensor, every notification alarm, LED directional signs, audio evacuation signals, strobe light warnings, and other peripheral devices and accessories.
NOTIFIER annunciators provide immediate information regarding the layout of the systems and can inform fire officials about the location, progress, and the initial discovery of a fire.
High Rise Fire Alarm Installation Services
HRSS installers are trained and certified to install and test every component of the fire alarm system to ensure that the system works as designed. The technicians will program and connect all of the elements of the system to ensure proper response and follow-through in the case of an actual emergency. Testing thoroughly and providing training with the system before commissioning is part of the installation process.
Gas Detection Systems
In some workplaces or educational facilities, certain noxious or dangerous gasses may be present. NOTIFIER manufactures the most sophisticated gas detection devices to monitor the presence of potentially hazardous gasses. The systems may be integrated wirelessly to the central fire alarm system and be fixed in place or portable.
Preventative Maintenance by High Rise Security Systems
Maintaining and periodic testing of your fire alarm and access control systems are equally essential for complete protection. As time passes, grit and dust may accumulate in the detection and notification devices and require inspection, cleaning, and replacement. Local fire agencies demand annual inspection certification to ensure that all systems are working properly.
Only certified experts should perform the needed maintenance and repair. The sophistication of the integrated systems requires specific spare parts, tools, and diagnostics to repair and reprogram them efficiently.
Contracting with High Rise Security Systems for regular maintenance to your fire and security services can save lives and property. Physical protection is not an area in which to compromise.
Access Control Systems
Logically, complementing the HRSS Fire Alarm Monitoring Service with an active Access Control System from High Rise Security Systems will protect the inhabitants even more completely. An integrated ID card entry system linked to all of the fire notification devices can be monitored from the same central control point and can alert the relevant authorities of an unauthorized entry.
This holistic approach to building security can utilize many of the same devices as the fire detection system does. Elements such as closed circuit TV, motion detectors, and evacuation notification allow for central control personnel to manage a possible unauthorized break-in.
Central locking and unlocking may be valuable in both a fire or unwarranted entry situation.
Fire Alarm Monitoring Service and Inspection
To protect building employees and occupants, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and local government agencies require that fire detection and notification systems should always be turned on and operational. Regular testing and maintenance for functionality is a requirement.
HRSS provides all specifically required trial and support services and provides legally certified fire & safety services.
HRSS specifically recommends several tests and inspections that should be performed to ensure the safety of your employees and other building occupants. Every element of the fire security system should regularly be inspected. Checking batteries, LED panel lights, and inspection for accumulated dirt and grime should be conducted quarterly. The entire network must be thoroughly operated and tested annually to ensure functionality. These actions will usually be a local fire authority requirement.
HRSS can carry out these reviews and provide the documentation required by local fire authorities.
Peace of Mind
Make HRSS your expert partner in fire & safety services, systems design, installation, monitoring, and security. Let the experts handle the systems that will protect your employees, visitors, and assets so that you may proceed with your organization’s primary activities with genuine peace of mind.
Today’s systems for protecting life and property are complicated. Fire & safety services, detection, and notification must be sure and immediate so that the response can be swift and complete.