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What to Look for in a Fire Protection Contractor

Part of being a responsible property owner means preparing for the worst case scenario—preventing fire damage. If you own a commercial building, it’s important that you contact an experienced Grand Rapids fire protection company that will be able to help you protect your assets from fire damage.

Below, we have listed some of the top qualities you should look for in a professional fire protection contractor.


It goes without saying that you’ll want to make sure that the fire protection company you hire knows what they’re doing. When a fire protection company is licensed, this means that the state of Michigan found them qualified to provide fire protection services. If you are interviewing a fire protection company that’s reluctant to share their licensing information, keep looking. If a fire occurs, you’ll want to be sure that the products and systems you paid for will work properly. You’ll only get this peace of mind when you work with a licensed fire protection contractor.


With any contractor, you’ll want to make sure they protect their workers through insurance. Without insurance, you’ll become liable for any injuries sustained on the job. This means that you will be responsible for paying medical expenses. To avoid this legal headache, make sure that the fire protection company properly insures their employees.

Knowledge of Fire Safety Regulations

In order to keep a building fire code-compliant, it’s important that you hire a company that is aware of any new revisions to fire safety regulations. Before hiring a fire protection contactor, be sure to ask about their knowledge of standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as well as state and local codes. You will also need a fire protection contractor who will be able to keep your building compliant with fire safety standards set by your insurance.


When looking for a reliable fire safety contractor, you’ll want to make sure that their references are relevant to the type of work you want done. For example, if you are looking for a fire alarm contractor, you’ll want a company that has relevant experience. It’s not uncommon for fire protection companies to specialize in a certain range of services. Make sure your fire protection contractors are experienced in the fire protection services you need.

When the contractor hands you their references make sure that they are relevant to your needs and that they are fairly recent. Sometimes when companies fall under new management, the quality of their services suffer. References from recent customers will help you form an accurate picture of how their business is run.

Full Range of Services

If you need a range of services, it’s often best to work with one company. It’s more convenient to have all your fire safety needs covered by one contractor, as opposed to trying to coordinate multiple third parties. Keep your business simple by relying on a contractor experienced in a wide variety of services who also offers a range of fire safety products.

If you are interested in any of our fire protection products and services, please feel free to call our Grand Rapids fire protection contractors at 800-968-2871. Fire Pros is dedicated to helping customers just like you prevent severe fire damage to their commercial buildings.