IKECA Journal Features Commercial Fire

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The article, “Should You Be Doing National Account Work?” was written by Bill Dayton, Director of Affiliate Network at Commercial Fire, and covers the questions every kitchen hood exhaust cleaning (KEC) company owner must ask when deciding if national account company (NAC) work makes sense for their business. 

Highlights include benefits, such as consistent cash flow and zero acquisition cost, more productive and efficient routes, access to work at larger businesses, uncomplicated business growth, and trade-offs (revenue sharing with the NAC, strict compliance requirements, phone call volume, paperwork, and IVR). 

“Should you decide that NAC work is right for your business, you now have some considerations. There may be long-term value in having NAC work as part of your overall business model,” said Dayton. 

To read the full article, visit the IKECA Journal. 

Commercial Fire proudly supports IKECA as an Active North American Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Company Member.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Restaurants, Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning, Fire Safety

Portable Fire Extinguishers Dramatically Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Building Fires

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FEMA (Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) recently commissioned a new study on the role portable extinguishers play in reducing carbon monoxide in a building with automatic sprinklers. It found that portable fire extinguishers can reduce fire-related CO2 in a building by over 93% beyond sprinklers on their own. When sprinklers and portable extinguishers are used together, fire-related carbon emissions are cut by 99%. 

The benefits of adding fire extinguishers to a building’s fire protection to reduce its carbon footprint can readily be seen when evaluating emergency response to a fire. These can be categorized into three areas:

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Safety, Carbon Footprint

Partnering with National Fire and Life Safety Providers: Ensuring Emergency Light Compliance and Safety for Your Business

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If a sudden power outage casts you, your customers, employees, or vendors into darkness, would everyone be able to escape the premises quickly and safely? Finding a way out of this situation will depend on having correctly functioning Exit Signs and Emergency Lights. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about this critical life safety equipment until they’re in the dark. Then it’s too late.

Did you know that the NFPA 101® Life Safety Code mandates regular tests of Emergency Lights? In this NFPA code, it states that every month, a 30-second push button test is to be performed, and an annual 90-minute functional test must be performed on these devices. Keeping up with the codes and standards are difficult enough, let alone having to run your business on top of that. Well, that’s where a National Fire and Life Safety Provider comes into the picture. 

These companies offer nationwide coverage for all the Fire and Life Safety equipment in your building, including Exit Signs and Emergency Lighting. Their services include trained and certified technicians who can perform the necessary services to keep your facility compliant and your occupants and employees safe, including required Monthly and Annual Inspections, Tests, and Maintenance tasks, and any mandated repairs or replacements. These precautions ensure safe exits in an emergency and that the proper records are kept for AHJs.

As a matter of fact, National Fire and Life Safety Providers can maintain and supply the written test and maintenance records that the Code requires. Having these records is extremely important as they must be on the premises should an AHJ request them. Should you misplace this paperwork, then the National Fire and Life Safety Providers will have backup copies on a dashboard where they can be downloaded should you need them.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Emergency Lighting, Compliance, Fire Safety

Do You Offer Kitchen Hood/Exhaust Cleaning? If Not, Here’s Why You Should!

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Did you know that, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 22% of fires in commercial cooking operations were caused by a failure to clean cooking equipment? Tragically, from 2010 thru 2014, annual averages of three deaths, 110 injuries, and $165 million in property damage costs resulted from these fires.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Compliance, Fire Extinguishers, Restaurants, Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning

35 Years of Commitment to Preserving Life and Property—Nationwide

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Commercial Fire is celebrating its 35th anniversary! "We are thankful for the three and a half decades serving the Fire and Life Safety Industry, helping our customers protect their businesses, their employees, and their patrons," says Mark Murray, President of Commercial Fire.

Beginnings
Established in 1988, Commercial Fire has become a leading provider of Fire and Life Safety solutions throughout the U.S. We provide turnkey Fire Protection Services and Kitchen Hood Exhaust Cleaning to some of the biggest restaurants, stores, and convenience stores nationwide. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, we are experienced in organizing, maintaining, and servicing all aspects of our customer's requirements.

History
•    1988 Founded in Jacksonville, FL, providing pest control services
•    1989 Began offering Kitchen Hood Exhaust Cleaning (KEC) Service statewide in FL
•    1991 Began expanding KEC coverage throughout the Southeast
•    1996 Became the first nationwide KEC service provider in all 50 states
•    2002 Began offering Fire Protection Services nationwide in all 50 states
•    2007 Expanded into Canada and Puerto Rico
•    2015 Providing KEC or Fire and Life Safety Services in over 100,000 commercial buildings nationwide
•    2017 Joined BHC and became part of a family of companies that provide service, parts, and training in the Fire and Life Industry worldwide
•    2023 Celebrating 35th Anniversary

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Emergency Lighting, Compliance, Sprinklers, Fire Extinguishers, Backflow, Restaurants, Smoke Alarms, Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning, Fire Safety

Community Service Corner: Commercial Fire’s Terrifyingly Terrific Trick or Treat Tradition

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It’s halfway to Halloween! Commercial Fire’s annual Trick-or-Treat tradition took place in October of 2022. As part of this fun community event, the Commercial Fire offices were transformed into spooky spaces, where invited students and teachers from the North Florida School of Special Education could collect a lot of delicious candy and some fun memories.

In previous years, the child-friendly themes included “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “Star Wars”. 

“Our whole team came together to give the children a fun and wholesome Halloween experience! I couldn’t be prouder of their creativity and kindness in putting on this awesome event,” said Mark Murray, President of Commercial Fire.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Emergency Lighting, Compliance, Sprinklers, Fire Extinguishers, Backflow, Smoke Alarms, Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning, Fire Safety

New QuickPay Program for Affiliate Partners in the Fire and Life Safety Services Industry

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Commercial Fire recognizes the struggles that many of our Affiliate Partners are experiencing with the current business environment. That's why we're excited to announce a new program that will help you grow your business, improving your bottom-line. Our new QuickPay Program not only does that, but ensures you get paid quickly when completing your Commercial Fire work orders.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Safety

The Real Cost of Acquiring New Fire and Life Safety Customers Might Surprise You

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Finding new customers is the key to virtually every business success. No matter what industry is served or what service or product is offered, identifying fresh prospects is the bottom line to growth. And it is no different in the Fire and Life Safety Industry, especially for those companies servicing and selling equipment that is unique to this industry. Even though a good portion of the products and services that Fire and Life Safety businesses offer are required by law, many business owners are discovering just how hard it is to generate new revenue.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Emergency Lighting, Sprinklers, Fire Extinguishers, Backflow, Smoke Alarms, Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning, Fire Safety

COMMERCIAL FIRE'S EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Getting to Know Christy Galagarza, Affiliate Recruiter

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Christy Galagarza serves as an Affiliate Recruiter here at Commercial Fire. Her responsibilities really all boil down to one concept: being a helpful and available resource to all of our Affiliates and prospective Affiliates, focusing on building relationships that will help increase our footprint.

In this outreach role, Christy is often the first team member that new and prospective Affiliates meet. Her initial instinct is always to help others achieve their goals. As a valued team member at Commercial Fire, for almost 19 years, Christy cares about what our Affiliates need and strives to assist them in fulfilling those needs. Once an applicant is approved to join our Affiliate Network, Christy, who is based in Florida, also assists with the initial phases of the onboarding cycle. Countless team members have benefited from working with Christy, and we are proud to have her in our organization!

We asked Christy what she sees as the most important questions that prospective Affiliates need answered about joining our network. Here are her insights:

Q: What is the biggest benefit of being a Commercial Fire Affiliate and why?

"The biggest benefit is that there are no growth acquisition costs. When a service company is looking to grow their routes, without adding to costs, we bridge the gap. By joining our Affiliate Network, they can immediately begin servicing locations for some of the nation's largest and most established companies and organizations."

Q: What is the most common question asked by prospective Affiliates?

"The most common question is, ‘How are payments handled?’ I tell them that they get paid shortly after the job is completed, regardless of when the customer pays. That’s a huge benefit for them to see."

Q: If you had a list of "best-kept secrets" that you would offer to prospective Affiliates, which one would you highlight and why?

"Today, a potential Affiliate called and asked if they would need to hire more techs if they joined our network. I said that it is up to them. They can start with the team of techs that they have now and then, if things work out, they can grow their business through us, ask for more work, and then hire more techs. The biggest secret is how much they can grow their business with us -- they really can start small and grow to be very big."

To contact Christy about joining our Affiliate Network, email Christy.galagarza@commercialfire.com.

Get to know more of our incredible employees, like Christy Galagarza, in our upcoming blog posts and learn how you can join the Commercial Fire Affiliate Network!

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities, Emergency Lighting, Compliance, Sprinklers, Fire Extinguishers, Backflow, Restaurants, Smoke Alarms, Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning, Fire Safety

When Seconds Count: The Critical Role Fire Hose Stations Play

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Designed for occupant use, in the event of fire, fire hose stations offer occupants a manual means of putting water on fires at their initial stages in an attempt to either extinguish them or to allow occupants of a building to escape them safely. These stations are comprised of a hose valve, rack and reel fire hose, hose nozzle, and a storage device—pin rack, hose reel, or hose hanger. They are connected to a building’s standpipe system and generally located in corridors and/or in stairwells. They may or may not be housed in a cabinet. Fire Hose Stations are an important part of any building’s fire protection plan, but they do not take the place of a building’s automatic extinguishing systems, like fire sprinklers or pre-engineered suppression systems. Regardless, these stations are an invaluable link in the life-saving “chain of survival” that protects people and property from the ravages of fire in buildings.

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Topics: Multi-Site Facilities