• Ashley Gerthoffer

Fire Safety Q&A With Greg


In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, I sat down with our fire and design manager and asked him a few questions. Greg has been with Sonitrol of the Carolinas for 30 years! He started as an installer and now has over 20 years of experience in fire design. When it comes to putting together a fire system he is our go to guy!

Why should people choose Sonitrol for fire protection services?

We have been around for over 55 years.

Sonitrol is full service provider. We offer installation, monitoring, service, and inspections

Our fire detection products can be easily integrated with other Sonitrol products and services.

We work with local fire departments to stay up to date with codes.

Sonitrol understands the value of protecting life and property.

Sonitrol Central Station operators can monitor signals from your facility 24 hours a day.

We have our own UL Listed Central Station and are one of only two in our area.

What is the biggest concern when it comes to designing a fire system?

Ensuring that the systems are designed to code

We are preforming the service that the customer needs and deserves.

Do you think it is harder to design a new fire system or upgrading an existing system?

Upgrading an existing system. You never know what you are going to run into and making sure that it meets Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) Compliance.

Why are fire inspections important for businesses?

Annual inspections are National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code required

Ensuring that your business is safe for your employees and customers

Fire systems need to be tested regularly to ensure functionality.

How often should you test your smoke detectors in your home?

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year.

What is done during a fire inspection?

All devices are tested, such as pull stations, smoke detectors, sprinklers, duct detectors, and horn strobes.

System is inspected for wear and tear of the system

Signals are tested with our Central Station

What fire safety tips do you have for businesses?

Don’t leave combustibles lying around

Keep fire exit pathways clear

Don’t lock fire exit doors

Have your system checked periodically

Never block sprinklers

Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it

Don't overload your circuits

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. Click here to learn more.

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