Every building is affected by The National Fire & Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) 300+ codes and standards. Your property may be required by NFPA, 101 Life Safety Code (LSC) to implement a fire watch should a system become impaired.
Depending on your property requirements and local authorities, simple lights out on an exit sign can trigger non-compliant.
If a building’s fire alarm, fire sprinkler, or fire suppression system is impaired, or an outage is preplanned that’s expected to last a significant amount of time, it can trigger Fire Watch. This can be expensive and not something a property manager wants to deal with.
Companies like Digital Guard specialize in protecting life and safety by providing over 30 years of fire technician services such as installing, fixing, testing, and maintaining properties alarm systems and offering ongoing monitoring services. They specialize in getting hard to fix issues working, certified and compliant.
Another code that can affect your HOA is NFPA 72, the most recent safety provisions to meet evolving updates in fire detection, signaling, and emergency communications demands.
If your building has a fire alarm system and/or a water-based fire protection system such as a sprinkler system, you may be required to respond to impairments in your fire protection system. This includes broken or impaired exit signs, defective devices, pull stations, batteries, smoke detectors, etc. to protect life and property, and stay clear of being put on Fire Watch.
If you believe your property is not compliant or currently on Fire Watch, Digital Guard can fix and or replace most fire resources and test your alarm systems required for certification.
“Digital Guard was well worth the service call as they quickly worked to keep us from going on fire watch. We were impressed with their ability to get the job done efficiently and decided to also switch over to their monitoring services. The ease for our property managers to use one company offering a comprehensive service was a no brainer.” George P., HOA Board in San Jose, CA
Whether the impairment is caused by an emergency, such damage to an alarm system, or there is a preplanned repair, testing, or maintenance, authorities in local jurisdiction are required to be informed if a fire alarm system is non-operational for more than eight hours. This ensures mitigation measures can be determined, such as notifying occupants or having to go on fire watch.
Digital Guard ensures residence and properties are safe, certified, and compliant. Their headquarters is located in the Silicon Valley area, and they provide service calls to the surrounding Bay area, including San Francisco and Monetary Bay. They also make emergency services calls throughout California by appointment. They are available to answer your questions and support your fire mitigation plans. Visit their site to learn more about what they offer and how they can help.
Article written by the team at Digital Guard for our CA audience. Check your local ordinances for additional compliance regulations in your state.