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Getz Fire Alarm Services Include Early Warning Air Sampling Systems

Getz offers several fire detection products in Iowa that are highly effective by themselves but even more effective when used with fire suppression systems. For example, our early warning air sampling systems give you fire alarm services far in advance that will let you know something is wrong. Here is information on how these systems work and how they protect your business.

What is Early Air Sampling?

Most homes and businesses in Iowa have standard smoke detectors that can detect fire in its incipient stage. This technology is effective, but many businesses want something better. Early air sampling takes smoke and fire detection to another level. These fire alarm services have two parts, a detection unit and a network of piping.

The piping passes through all major parts of a facility. Perforated pipe can retrieve air samples from all over. Piping connects to an aspirator mechanism which creates a vacuum, pulling in air through the perforations. Continuous air samples make their way to the detection unit. On the way to the detector, air passes through a filter to remove large dust particles which interfere with the detection process.

Once the air reaches the detector, it is tested for combustion particles. The detection system is highly sensitive and uses lasers. If the detection unit finds signs of combustion, it produces an alarm.


Early warning air sampling provides the most advanced warning system for fires. This keeps contamination to a minimum and lets you take immediate action when a fire starts.

Preparing Your Staff for CPR Training

In an earlier blog post, we mentioned important reasons to offer your people CPR training in Illinois. Preparing employees for this valuable training can make it more effective and they will appreciate the classes. Here are some helpful tips on preparing them for training.

Give Them A Little Background Information

Not everyone understands what cardiopulmonary resuscitation is. Here is information you can share with them:

CPR combines artificial respiration with chest compression therapy. It gives needed oxygen to a non-breathing person while stimulating the heart to pump blood to the brain. When properly done, it can revive some people or keep them alive until an emergency response team shows up.

What Will They Learn?

Your staff probably wants to know what they can learn with CPR training in Illinois. Here are some of the things the course covers:

  • Checking an unresponsive person for signs of life
  • Learning how to properly deliver chest compressions – this is extremely important to avoid breaking ribs and to deliver an effective heart massage.
  • The proper way to deliver mouth-to-mouth resuscitation – if you don’t know what you are doing, you can waste valuable time.


A CPR certification class usually takes one day. During that day, you receive comprehensive training and key points you will need to know. You will also learn about giving first aid. Your staff will not have to travel anywhere as Getz instructors can come to your place of business. This is the best way to make sure everyone can attend, and it is easier to learn when your people are in a familiar environment.

Training includes instruction, video, and hands-on training. You will not just see how it’s done. You work with real-life situations to prepare you for real-life emergencies. To learn more about CPR training in Illinois and Iowa, call Getz Fire Equipment Company today at 1-800-747-3473.

The Value of Professional Fire Sprinkler Inspection Services

If you want your fire suppression system to work properly when you need it, you should consider frequent maintenance. If a machine breaks down, you lose money from downtime. If your fire sprinklers fail during a fire, you could lose your entire Illinois business, and people might suffer serious injuries. Here are some important reasons to consider professional fire sprinkler inspection services from Getz Fire Equipment Company.

Maintenance – What You Need To Do

Whenever you make changes or improvements to your sprinkler system, it needs an inspection. This is not just recommended, it’s required by NFPA 25. This code from the National Fire Protection Agency sets the standard for maintenance, inspection, and testing of fire protection and suppression systems which are water-based. Here are some of the changes that need fire sprinkler inspection in Illinois:

  • Building use – a factory or warehouse might turn into an apartment building
  • Facility improvements – includes a change of layout or design
  • Addition or subtraction to water supply
  • Water meter replacement
  • Back-flow prevention equipment changes

Benefits of Regular Maintenance

Keeping your sprinkler system in good condition can save you money on insurance. In fact, some companies offer rebates for effective fire suppression systems. Savings are sometimes as high as ten percent. On the other hand, if your system has problems and the insurance company finds out, you could be looking at increased premiums.

Safety Tips

In addition to routine maintenance, these tips can help you avoid problems:

  • Don’t hang things from the sprinklers
  • Don’t paint or decorate sprinklers
  • Avoid placing materials close to sprinkler heads
  • Check control valves to make sure they are open

In Illinois, contact a professional fire sprinkler inspection service like Getz Fire Equipment Company at 1-800-747-3473. We can take care of all your fire suppression needs.

Why Your Fire Extinguisher Always Needs a Cabinet

There is one simple reason why the purchase of fire extinguisher cabinets is so important for the safety of your employees and visitors; they keep the fire extinguisher in an exact position so it is always available for use. Should the time arrive and a small fire needs putting out before you lose control, having the correct fire extinguisher available can make all the difference.

Why Use a Cabinet?

Some organizations choose to fix their fire extinguishers direct to the wall while others let them sit on the floor. Many are positioned out of place and will take some hunting down just as the fire begins.

By selecting from a range of fire extinguisher cabinets, you ensure that the extinguisher is always available.

You can choose from a range of fire extinguisher cabinets that are made from metal, wood or plastic. The old traditional fire cabinets were covered by a sheet of glass so that in the event of an emergency, the user could just break the glass to remove the extinguisher. This was intended to stop people removing the extinguisher easily and therefore make become unavailable just when it is needed most. Today most cabinets have a plastic sheet to break.

Some cabinets are protected from a range of chemicals as well as the sun’s UV rays. Most are even resistant to both corrosion and rusting. Your cabinet must be strong enough to cope with the size of the extinguisher you are going to install. You can mount cabinets on the wall, in vehicles and in many other areas.

Your choices will be made easier by explaining to us what your specific needs are and the types of fire extinguishers you are protecting. We offer a wide range of fire extinguisher cabinets that are designed for all purposes guaranteeing that we will have the cabinet just right for you and your needs. Just tell us where you intend to use your fire extinguishers and we will be able to match the cabinet to your requirements.

How to Protect Your Business Against Class D Fires

Class D fires are extremely rare because they are associated with combustible metals. These metals are lithium, manganese, aluminum and sodium. There are high numbers of employees that would know to choose between a water fire extinguisher to put out a paper fire and a class B extinguisher to deal with combustible liquid fire. However, there are many employees that may not want to admit that they do not know enough about metal fires and the use of class D fire extinguishers as it pertains to those fires. It is important to know when and how you should use these extinguishers.

Understanding the Risk

Should a metal fire occur within an organization, using the wrong fire extinguisher could cause the fire to spread, rather than contain it. The use of a class D fire extinguisher can be trained to a diversity of your employees, who will be prepared to help save your establishment in the event of a small fire.

It is important to educate your employees on how they can quickly observe problems in the beginning of a fire rather than trying to find a solution when a fire or danger has become too large to deal with.

Most businesses will understand if they have combustible metals within their environment and will take the appropriate action to install the correct fire extinguishers nearby in the appropriate cabinets.

Class D fire extinguishers are designed to smother the flames and therefore, cut off the supply of oxygen to the fire. This will stop the fire from burning and therefore stop causing a dangerous hazard to your business.

When you need to purchase, update, or have your current fire extinguishers checked on a regular maintenance schedule, we are prepared to be your consistent first point of contact. Our class D fire extinguishers are perfect for use with combustible metal fires. We will be pleased to explain basic information and our training plans to help educate your employees. It is better to train more individuals than required, just in case of your worst-case scenario.

Commercial Security From GETZ: The Necessary Components to Keep Your Business Safe

Commercial Security From GETZ: The Necessary Components to Keep Your Business Safe

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How to Suppress a Kitchen Fire

Any size fire can make people panic. They need to know the appropriate fire extinguisher to deal with a fire before it becomes so large that you need to contact the fire department. We help you teach your employees how to use fire extinguishers and select the correct and appropriate model every time. For example, a kitchen fire involving fat, oil or grease requires a class K fire extinguisher.

This is a supplement to your fire suppression system, and it is a requirement that it is installed in commercial kitchens. It is to be used after the suppression system has been activated. Using a water-filled extinguisher will only exacerbate your problem, and could spread the fire further across your kitchen.

Do Not Leave Your Cooking Without Staying in The Kitchen

Setting some food to cook and going outside for a short break may be a regular habit for many employees, but by leaving the food unattended, any cooking environment could rapidly turn into a fire. This is true when you leave combustible material, like paper towels, wooden utensils or food packaging close to the cooking area. You will quickly need to turn to the aid of your class K fire extinguisher, providing you have been properly trained in its use.

Prevent a Buildup of Fat, Oil or Grease in Your Kitchen

While cooking is the backbone of your kitchen, keeping your kitchen clean is also paramount. Without proper cleaning, you will experience a buildup of flammable materials. In the event that these materials do catch fire, the flare up can be kept under control by the quick action of an individual trained with a class K fire extinguisher as part of the fire suppression system.

The addition of smoke alarms close to your kitchen will help bring a small fire to your attention at the earliest possible moment. If you never leave the kitchen while food is cooking and at any time when you’re catering equipment is live, or hot, you will save yourself from experiences you choose to avoid.

We can supply you with products and training for the purchase and use of class K fire extinguishers and other models for virtually every type of fire that you may meet in your business.

Why Cleaning Your Kitchen Exhaust System Prevents Fire

The exhaust system in cooking areas within any high-traffic establishment can become dirty very quickly. Over time, grease levels can build to the point where a fire can easily ignite, endangering both workers and clients, and causing potentially catastrophic damage to the building itself. Organizing a kitchen exhaust cleaning and maintenance schedule is vital if you are to reduce the risk of grease fires in the, specifically in areas that you cannot see the buildup.

Do Your Students Cook as Well As Employees?

Do your cooking facility’s employees know all the necessary safety procedures to effectively handle a fire if one occurs? Everyone should know how to use portable fire extinguishers for small fires, as well as evacuation procedures for if a fire gets out of control.

Your workers may be unaware that grease is building up in your exhaust system. You will need to explain why kitchen exhaust cleaning is an important procedure that management must supervise.

Procedures for Training

We can organize training for your employees so that they become fully conversant with the use of proper equipment and continuous cleanliness within your kitchen environment. Learning how to use fire extinguishers is important, particularly knowing which fire extinguisher to pick up when a given emergency occurs.

All people cooking within your facility must quickly learn that the dedication is not only to cooking, but cleaning. Equally, they must learn regular maintenance procedures, and how to organize a program that includes kitchen exhaust cleaning to ensure that the kitchen a clean, safe place to work in.

When your role is to ensure the safety of your employees and client, kitchen exhaust cleaning will become one of your top priorities. We can help you understand what needs to be done, how often and provide all the equipment necessary. Call us today: 800-747-3473.

Is Your Delicate Electronic Equipment Protected from Fire?

Computer and lab equipment may be damaged beyond repair when they are affected by a fire. Keeping a halon fire extinguisher as part of your Iowa Fire equipment may save your data because halon is a relatively clean agent. It is a compressed gas that halts the spreading of fire by disrupting the combustion, chemically. It does not leave a residue after evaporating.

This is extremely helpful around delicate equipment, as the residue of other firefighting equipment agents can damage fragile equipment.

How halon fire extinguishers operate

As a Halon fire extinguisher discharges as a gas, it proves extremely valuable for use in tight spaces, which explains its use within the aircraft industry. Your Iowa Fire equipment arsenal will not be complete without a Halon fire extinguisher. Having one readily available around delicate computer or lab equipment can save you from devastating fire damage. For the technically minded, Halon is effective for class B flammable liquid fires and class C electrical fires. It is also valuable for class A fires, usually linked with common combustibles. Having been proven as an extremely useful chemically stable compound, these extinguishers have been available for decades, both for their fire and explosion protection abilities.

We will be pleased to discuss these and other Iowa Fire equipment to ensure that you create the best protection for your workplace or home. It is our wish to ensure that you have the right products to complete the best job should the occasion occur when a fire breaks out within your property.

CO2 Fire extinguishers and Safety

While many individuals are to be trained in the use of portable fire extinguishers for use in their workplace, families are unlikely to attend an efficient training course in how to use water, dry chemical, or CO2 fire extinguishers at home. Most of the safety advice learned during your working life is equally effective at home.

Good Sense and Fire Preparation Planning

There are good reasons why smoke alarms are installed in various locations around your office or factory space, and especially around kitchens, fireplaces and bathrooms. They are to warn you, and provide you with sufficient time to be able to deal with the problem, or evacuate the building.

For those at higher levels in the building, you should know and understand your escape route and, how to bring down safety ladders when required. For the same reason, understanding the layout of your building will help you choose a second escape route if your first option is blocked.

CO2 Fire extinguishers are color-coded and different from other extinguishers. They should be only used to deal with specific fire types. Since adding water to an electrical fire will make the problem worse, a CO2 fire extinguisher should be used. However, you should know what problems could occur by using an incorrect model. If you are unsure about the differences, we are available to help clarify things for you.

Once Trained, Help Your Community

Simply understanding which type of fire requires which class of extinguisher could make the difference that can save lives. Also, when you are able to contain a fire within a small area, the damage will be more limited, and your insurance claim will also be easier to complete. These can be compelling reasons why your community, perhaps your neighborhood watch committee, or homeowners’ association, can arrange to learn proper emergency fire containment.

Whether you need to purchase new products, learn the basics about each model, or arrange further training for your employees, we are the experts for all your fire extinguisher and safety equipment requirements. Contact us today: 800-747-3473.