FDNY Cites “History of Unscrupulous Companies” – Improperly Serviced Fire-Safety Products Can Pose Grave Risk to Businesses
Long Island, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/10/2018 -- Effective Oct. 1, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has implemented new rules to the New York City Fire Code, requiring businesses to utilize "Fire Department-issued, numbered tags for their portable fire extinguishers and commercial cooking exhaust systems as proof of compliance with Fire Code inspection, testing and servicing requirements." Per Section 115-02 of the Fire Code, "only licensed companies are eligible to purchase the Fire Department-issued decals and tags, and only the Fire Department-issued decals and tags will be acceptable proof of the inspection, cleaning and/or servicing. The decals and tags will be designed with various security measures to prevent counterfeiting."
Long Island City-based Chase Fire® is proud to announce it meets Fire Code requirements as an FDNY-authorized company under the new rules for FDNY tags and that it has been certified by the FDNY as a service provider since 2006. The company has more than 40 years' combined experience in the installation and service of portable fire extinguishers.
"For too many years, companies operating under false auspices have threatened the safety of businesses by falsifying tags and performing shoddy maintenance and installation work. The new rules set forth by the FDNY are necessary to combat fraud in the fire-safety business and we welcome the higher standard of service imposed across the industry," said Artem Perchenok, founder of Chase Fire®. "Businesses using rag-and-tag companies endanger themselves in the event of a fire due to the risk of improperly inspected and serviced fire-safety products malfunctioning."
The new rule is meant to ensure that only licensed businesses are permitted to inspect, clean and service portable fire extinguishers and commercial cooking exhaust systems. It also aims to reduce fraud by making it harder for unlicensed businesses to perform this type of work.
The FDNY wrote in its latest rulemaking that the "unauthorized use of Fire Department-issued proof of compliance by an unlicensed company or individual, or misuse by a licensed company or one of its technicians, constitutes a violation of the applicable Fire Code requirements for commercial cooking exhaust systems or portable fire extinguishers and will subject the violator to a civil or criminal penalty. It can also result in denial, suspension, revocation or non-renewal of a Fire Department certificate."
Leading development and construction firms performing work in New York and New Jersey count on Chase Fire® to provide efficient, comprehensive service in the installation, inspection and maintenance of their fire-safety products. So do small businesses. Contact Chase Fire for more information about the latest fire-safety protocol in New York and New Jersey and how to ensure your company's compliance.
About Chase Fire®
Founded in 2006, Chase Fire® is certified in the Tri-State area for the sales and service of fire-safety products including portable fire extinguishers. Headquartered at 10-46 47th Avenue in Long Island City, New York, Chase Fire® performs thousands of service calls annually within its designated markets for private enterprises, food establishments and government and municipal businesses. Chase Fire® is a distributor for major manufacturers of portable fire extinguisher equipment within the Tri-State area.
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