Fire Door Inspections
Access Control Systems
Card Access Systems
Door Repair and Hardware Servicing or Replacements
High-Security Key Control Systems
Interchangeable Core Systems (IC-Core)
Key Extraction, Duplication, and Master Keys
Lock Repair and Rekeying Services
Safe Installation, Repair, and Servicing
Security Audits and Surveys
Barrier-Free Access Systems
Handicap Door Operators
Security Tips for Commercial Clients
1. Before installing a security system for your commercial property, you have to know the difference between keys and access systems.
2. You have to consider the number of individuals who have access to your building.
3. Another thing you have to think about is if you can get a minute-by-minute report on who accesses the sensitive areas on your property.
4. Thirty percent of all burglaries are entries without force. This means that the thief has a key to your property. The possibility of this happening is high because you can get a duplicate key fast and for a few dollars.
"Do Not Duplicate" Keys
Door Repair and Hardware Servicing or Replacement, and Rekeying Services
Master Key System Installations
Safe Installation, Repair, and Servicing
We offer certified and professional forensic locksmith services to help identify: areas of weakness in the security system and method of entry tools used to gain entry.
Certified Forensic Locksmith Services
A forensic locksmith is someone who can testify in court as an expert on scientifically verifiable information regarding locks and keys.
Forensic locksmiths usually provide information that can be used by investigators to assist in solving a crime. The task of a forensic locksmith is to determine how an action occurred, such as a vehicle being moved without the owner's authorization, or something being removed from a closed and locked office, business or home. A business, insurance company, attorney, government agency, etc. can hire a forensic locksmith.
A forensic locksmith can provide services for the prosecution or the defense. The job of a forensic locksmith is not to determine who. The job of a forensic locksmith is to determine by inspection how an action occurred. The action may have occurred because of unauthorized activity, authorized activity, manufacturer's problems, installer's problems, etc.
A locksmith who provides forensic services must have considerable expertise and must be able to clearly convey this expertise while testifying in a courtroom. The locksmith must know the "ins and outs “of how a particular lock and locking mechanism operates. He or she needs to know the weaknesses of the lock and locking mechanism and how to identify it/them. In addition, the locksmith must know the equipment that can be used for surreptitious operation. The forensic locksmith must know the "telltale “signs of unauthorized operation and what is required to identify them. The forensic locksmith must take the time to determine all of the possible alternatives.
Forensic locksmithing can be as general as mechanical locks and locking mechanisms or it can be as specific as an individual whose expertise is master keying systems. There is no one set area for a forensic locksmith to have expertise.
A forensic locksmith may examine a crime scene/vehicle and search for evidence that explains how something happened. Or material may be sent to a forensic locksmith. For example, if an office has been burglarized and a safe opened, a forensic locksmith will investigate how access could have been gained not only into the building and office, but also into the safe. The forensic locksmith will have expertise in door hardware as well as safe locks.
Fire Door Inspections & Maintenance: A Route to Life Safety by Alvin Dorder LSFDI
Fire door inspections are an integral part of your building’s overall fire protection system. A properly operating fire-rated door is a key component to the compartmentalization of a building to stop the spread of deadly fire, smoke and toxic fumes. If the fire door assembly isn’t working properly, your facility is at risk. Fire door inspections will ensure your fire doors are safe and in working order in the event of a fire.
Annual fire door inspections were introduced with the adoption of the 2007 Edition of NFPA 80. The newest standard requires that fire-rated doors be tested for functionality no less than annually and that a written record of the inspection be kept on file for the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
Who Performs Annual Fire Door Inspections?
As a facility manager, or building owner, you are responsible for making sure annual fire door inspections are conducted and documented as per NFPA. Regular fire door inspection frequency, for example monthly or bi-monthly, can be performed by an employee who is educated in fire door components, operations, and maintenance requirements. However, a licensed fire door inspector must perform your annual fire door inspections.
Here are some Fire Door Safety and Inspection Best Practices, you and your staff can perform to keep your building’s fire doors operational all year long.
Clear the doorway: Keep all fire doors and other evacuation pathways clear of anything that would prohibit an easy exit.
Look for visible labels: Make sure fire door labels are visible and legible.
Keep exit signs lit: Check fire door exit signs to ensure they are brightly lit and not blocked.
Lubricate the hinges: Lubricate door hinges on a regular schedule to ensure doors swings easily.
Clean the hinges: Keep hinges free of compacted dirt and dust.
Check fire door frames and hardware: Ensure door frames, latches, hinges, and non-combustible thresholds are aligned, working, and secure, with no visible signs of damage.
Check that fire doors close fully: Make sure the self-closing device is operational and that the door closes completely from the full-open position.
Ensure inactive leaf closes first: If a coordinator is installed, ensure the inactive leaf closes before the active leaf.
Add nothing to the doors: Do not allow anything (extra hardware, door stops) to be installed or modified on a fire door. This will void the designation of the fire door.
Verify tight door seals: Verify all seals and edging are tight and the material is flexible.
Keep Fire door shut!
As a facility or safety manager, it is a great idea to have the NPFA 80 Standards on-hand and follow the guidelines listed. However, when it comes to fire door and other openings inspections, there are also the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Standards and the International Fire Code (IFC) regulations that must be considered.
Not Sure What a Fire Door Looks Like?
This may sound unusual, but it is very common for employees and building occupants to have no idea which doors are fire doors. Look for these key indicators.
Fire door label
A label on the edge of the door and frame between the top and center hinges.
As you can see, annual fire door inspections and maintenance can become complicated.
Fire doors are an important part of your buildings’ overall fire protection and life safety plan.
Alvins Lock Service Inc. has been helping companies just like yours with fire door and life safety inspections, maintenance, and repairs. We would be honored to have the opportunity to help you keep your people and property safe in the event of fire. Contact us today for a no-obligation conversation about your fired door inspections.
Safe and vault services.
Are you locked out of your safe? Forgotten combination? We can help you to open your locked safe in the most professional manner, utilizing specialized tools. Please note that due to malfunctioning/broken parts or lack of service, it is sometimes necessary to drill the safe. The client will be informed of their options before any action is taken.
SERVICE AND REPAIR
Safes are designed to keep people out, except those allowed in😊 By not keeping your safe serviced on a regular basis you may be slowly locking yourself out. The proper way to prevent this is by keeping your safe maintained once every year or two. Even more frequently if you open it multiple times a day.
Want the newest in digital locking technology? We can upgrade most safes and install security features like re-lockers and time-locks that may not be offered by your safes manufacturer.
Quality Locksmith Services for your home
Here at Alvin’s Lock Service, Inc., we provide the best locksmith services for various properties. From access control and card access systems to lock repairs and high-security upgrades, we’ll do it all for you. Read more about our services below:
Home Security Audits
Lockout and Rekeying Services
High Security Upgrades
1. Join a neighborhood watch and community-oriented policing programs. It has shown great success in reducing property crime.
2. Consider using motion sensors. When linked to an outdoor lighting system, motion sensors are likely to startle intruders by drowning them in light.
3. Also, if you are going on vacation, remember to arrange for someone to pick up your mail or newspapers or have them stopped. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway to make it seem that someone is home.
4. Put timers on your interior lights.
Talk to Our Locksmiths
We are experts in handling security systems for various properties. Get in touch with our professional locksmiths at Alvin’s Lock Service, Inc. for free estimates on our offers.