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Fire Escape Planning

This is Fire Prevention Week and one of the main topics this year is fire escape planning.  Plan Ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.


  • MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • KNOW at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • HAVE an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • PRACTICE your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  • PRACTICE using different ways out.
  • TEACH children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • CLOSE doors behind you as you leave.


  • If the smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside for people or pets.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.
  • CALL the fire department from outside your home.

If you want to learn more about fire escape planning and more fire prevention tips, Click the link below.

1 – National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA)

Is Your Fire Alarm System Tested Regularly?

NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week is next week and it shows the importance of fire escape planning and knowing what to do during a fire. Even though it is very important to have a plan without a regularly tested and inspected fire alarm system you may still be in danger.

The worst time to find out that your fire alarm system is not able to perform its designated function is during an emergency. Regular testing and inspection of your fire alarm system will guard against such an occurrence. Our technicians use the most current procedures and equipment on every inspection we conduct, thoroughly testing and inspecting every component in your system for correct operation. In addition to identifying unseen deficiencies, regularly-scheduled inspections can reduce false alarms by ensuring your smoke detectors are optimized to the correct sensitivity level. Our technicians are supplied with mobile devices for access to previous inspection reports and pertinent, site-specific data. Your benefit as a Protegis Fire & Safety customer is in receiving a clear, concise, professional inspection report for your records.

When it comes to protecting your property and the people in your facility from fire, early warning and fast response alarms can make the difference in preventing a catastrophe. A properly installed, maintained and inspected fire alarm system is essential to instantly alert occupants of a building and summon emergency personnel when necessary.

Today’s fire alarm systems are increasingly technological. Protegis can help you with all your fire needs. Contact us today.

Emergency Lighting Can Save Lives


Emergency lights can save lives in the event of an emergency, providing illumination and direction when the power goes out, allowing people to exit the building safely.

Periodic testing of emergency lighting equipment is required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA requires an annual test of emergency lighting equipment in commercial facilities in which the lighting stays functional for 90 minutes in duration. Additionally, it calls for functional testing of exit illumination and signs at 30-day intervals for a minimum of 30 seconds.

What does this mean to you? It means you need a service organization that you can trust to schedule, perform, and document the necessary inspections of your entire fire protection system, as well as emergency lights.

If our inspection of your emergency lighting uncovers any deficiencies, we can provide a prompt repair quote, and perform or schedule the work that will get you back in code compliance quickly. Our emergency repair services include battery replacement, bulb replacement, and repairs to all emergency lights and signs.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher?

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher – The PASS Method

Using a fire extinguisher requires just 4 easy steps, each represented by a letter in the word PASS:

Pull the pin: every fire extinguisher has a safety pin to prevent accidental discharge of the extinguishing media during handling. There is also a safety tie keeping the pin in place. The fire extinguisher cannot discharge until this pin is removed.

So the first step is to pull the pin out of the extinguisher.

It helps to use a twisting motion while you pull, so that the safety tie is broken, making it easier to remove the pin.

Aim the hose at the base of the fire: as mentioned above, the source of the burning is the base of the fire, where the oxygen is hitting the fuel and heat and where the chain reaction is taking place.

If you aim at the flames, the extinguishing media will fly over the burning material to the other side and be rendered useless.

So, from a safe distance, aim the hose at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the handle: once you are aiming at the base of the fire, squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher to discharge the extinguishing media.

A word of caution: if you are using a CO2 extinguisher, avoid touching the discharge nozzle, as there is a risk of getting frostbite.

Sweep: sweep from side to side over the base of the fire as you slowly approach. This ensures that all of the burning material is covered with the media. Be cautious not to get close or to stand on the previously burning area, as it can reignite.
It is as simple as that.

Timeline of a Fire

A single sprinkler controls a fire 90 percent of the time, saving a majority of a home or company’s possessions.1 Also, the average fire loss in a building with a sprinkler system is $2,166 as opposed to $45,019 without the protection.2

Sprinkler systems reduce fire damage by up to 97 percent.

When properly maintained and inspected, fire sprinkler systems are among the most essential investments you will make in ensuring the safety of your facility. Trusting that your systems will optimally perform in the event of an emergency depends upon finding a fire protection company upon which you can rely to professionally install, service and inspect your fire sprinkler systems. When you work with Protegis Fire & Safety, you get the full-scale capability of one of the most established and experienced fire protection companies in the United States.

1. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
2. Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition