APi NSG Newsletter | Spring 2018

company updates

QUick tips and helpful hints Your fire and life safety system inspections are required, but that doesn’t mean they should be a nuisance. Whether you are having an inspection on the fire sprinkler or fire alarm systems, extinguishers, or backflows, understanding a few key things about life safety system inspections may help them go much more smoothly. A few things to prepare prior to the technician’s arrival on site: • Know who is responsible for inspecting the fire hydrants on your property, your organization or the city. • Know which life safety inspections are your responsibility and which are your landlord’s (if any). • Place a sign at each entry 24 hours in advance of the inspection to notify customers, employees, or any other building occupants of the upcoming inspection. • Locate the proper password or test code to put the fire alarm system in “test” mode. • Contact your local fire department to let them know you are having your inspection(s) done, that way they won’t dispatch anyone in the case that someone notices the horns going off. When the technician arrives for the inspection: • Put the fire alarm system in “test” mode using the proper password or test code. • Designate someone to escort the inspector, as this helps technicians become more familiar with the layout of the facility. This is especially important for larger buildings. The escort should also have keys to access any rooms the technician(s) need to enter. Finally, this escort will handle signing the work order at the end of the inspection to close out the ticket. • If you are having your backflows tested, your water system may or may not be shut down for a short period. There may also be an area blocked off as the water discharge area to help ensure there are no cars or storage items that could be impacted by the heavier water flow. This is the procedure for hydrant flow tests as well, so adequate space will also be needed during that inspection. • When the inspection is completed, the technician will review any system deficiencies with the site escort and discuss if a return trip is needed for. If you have a large facility or multiple systems installed, the inspection may require two or more technicians to test more than one system at the same time. The inspection may also take multiple days to complete. It is a good idea to ask how many technicians you should expect on site and how long it will take to properly prepare yourself and your site personnel. If you have any questions about what to expect during a fire and life safety inspection, please contact inspections@api-nsg.us . life safety INspections what to expect AT YOUR FACILITY

employee spotlight: ben mccurdy technical advisor

more like TECHNICAL GENIUS Ben brings a strong level of technical expertise in the fire protection industry to APi NSG. Prior to joining our

team, Ben owned his own fire alarm contracting business. His industry experience helps provide strategic solutions to our customers. A GOOD FIT Ben provides support to our internal team and customers through guidance on technical questions and issues. He also assists in helping manage all projects over $50K to provide an additional level of oversight and expertise. customer-focused RESULTs Ben is consistently looking for solutions that provide the best value to our customers. He keeps the interest of the customer in mind and thinks outside the box in order to reduce cost and improve quality. fun fact Ben has twin boys and loves fishing. The only thing he may love more than fishing is energy drinks.

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