When Severe Weather Strikes

The severe weather season has come early to Georgia, and it has been unusually active in 2017. As of April 5th, Georgia currently leads the nation in the most reported tornadoes with 81. With more storms to come this Spring and Summer, we are on pace to break our state record of 86 confirmed tornadoes set back in 2008.

While storms with damaging winds, lightning, flooding, and tornadoes are dangerous enough to human lives, they can also wreak havoc on the fire and life safety systems at your business or facility.

Preparing a safety plan ahead of severe weather is critical. The first order of business should be to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Once danger has passed, it is important to evaluate the condition of your facility to determine if your fire and life safety systems have been compromised.

Strong winds can cause power outages, which can affect your fire alarm and monitoring services. By code, fire alarm systems are equipped with backup batteries that will function for at least 24-hours. If you have our cellular monitoring service, an outage of power will not affect your system. However, if you are only using a traditional monitoring service, we will be unable to detect an active alarm at your facility if the phone lines in the area are down. If power is expected to remain out at your facility for longer than 24-hours, you should contact The Life Safety Professionals Integrated Fire Protection to come test your batteries to ensure that you have no lapse in fire alarm protection. If you have traditional fire alarm monitoring service and want the full assurance of fire alarm monitoring protection, you should consider upgrading to our cellular monitoring service to avoid any potential outages.

Another impact of strong winds is debris traveling at high speeds causing damage to buildings and even knocking down trees. If your facility suffers roof damage, your fire sprinkler pipes may also be compromised. If damage to your facility has ruptured your fire sprinkler pipes and is causing flooding, you should turn off your water immediately and call us for fast emergency service, 24/7. Even if you don’t see initial flooding, an inspection of the overhead sprinkler pipes is a prudent course of action.

There’s no way to prevent severe weather, but we can always be prepared. And if storms should strike, our certified technicians are always prepared to serve the needs of our clients.

If you have any questions about whether your facility is prepared for severe weather, if you would like to upgrade your fire and life safety systems to avoid outages from strong storms, or if you would like a review of your fire sprinkler pipes, please contact The Life Safety Professionals at Integrated Fire Protection at (770) 458-8828 or email us at [email protected] as we are always here to serve your needs.