ABCO Fire Aquires Northwest Ohio Market Leader

Posted on January 16, 2013 4:15 pm : Blog

Cleveland, OH – ABCO Fire Protection, Inc., the regional providers of fire protection equipment, services, and products, announced their newest acquisition of Fire-X Associates, Inc. of Toledo, Ohio to expand their services to even more customers in the Midwest.

The privately owned company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with offices across Ohio. ABCO purchased the operating assets of Fire-X Associates in Toledo, creating a stronger market presence in the state’s northwest territory.

Robert Titmas, Jr., ABCO’s president and CEO, mentioned,

“It’s with great excitement that I formally announce that ABCO Fire Protection Inc. has purchased Fire-X Associates, Inc., located in Toledo as of 12/28/12.  Fire-X is an established brand and market leader in Northwest Ohio, whose history goes back to 1945.  Their business is mainly focused on portable and suppression system services. Fire-X has been owned and led for many years by Jerry Thomasson.  Jerry is an industry veteran and will be staying on indefinitely in an advisory role to help with the transition. We believe that this combination will not only strengthen, but grow, ABCO’s presence in Northwest Ohio while also creating synergies as we continue to provide our customers with top-notch execution and customer satisfaction.”

About ABCO: Established in 1975, ABCO supplies fire protection and prevention needs for nearly 50,000 customers in the manufacturing, retail, government, and marine industries. They provide portable and fixed systems and compliment these products with inspection, maintenance, and certification services; and 24-hour emergency services are available. Their list of products include: fire extinguishers, kitchen equipment, fire suppression systems, alarm & detection systems, first aid & safety equipment, exit & emergency lighting, and power washing equipment. ABCO offers extensive repair and cleaning services for kitchen exhaust systems and hoods including power washing. ABCO is an authorized distributor for ANSUL, CHEMETRON, FIKE, FIRETRACE, KIDDE, NOTIFIER, FIRELITE, VESDA AND PYROCHEM. ABCO’s reputation has been built by supplying quality products combined with superior installation and inspection performance.

For more information, please direct all inquires to Nick Lamb, National Account Manager, via phone at #216-377-3051 or email Nick at Visit ABCO Fire Protection online at to view blog and other ABCO highlights.

ABCO Fire Protection, Inc.


Are You Prepared?

Posted on August 29, 2012 6:45 am : Blog

Remember the power outages across Ohio this past summer? Some people waited 12 days before their power could be reinstated. What started as a summer storm, took Mother Nature only a very short time to wreak havoc across Ohio, costing homeowners, insurance companies, businesses and government agencies billions of dollars in losses.

In Ohio, storms and other forces (watch out- Isaac is coming this weekend) occur in all seasons, so being prepared can really pay off.

Are you prepared?

Creating a checklist of things you would not normally think of is a great additional step to being prepared. Things like preparing for emergencies with pets, medical needs, deciding whether to evacuate or shelter in place, and communications plans are a few things to consider.

A valuable resource in Central Ohio is a hotline service managed by HandsOn Central Ohio. Available 24/7, this hotline is designed to connect residents with a variety of human services such as shelter, food and rental assistance. During a disaster, a 2-1-1 hotline staff can also provide information on temporary overnight shelters and cooling centers. By working with local agencies like the American Red Cross and the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, HandsOn Central Ohio is able to serve as a clearinghouse for the most up-to-date information.

For more information, go to, or visit your local Red Cross Chapter for a similar agency listing in your area.





Dorm Fire Safety

Posted on August 22, 2012 7:00 am : Blog

Check out these great tips from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) for your back to campus fire safety:

– Make sure you can hear the alarm system from your dorm.

– If living in a dorm, make sure your bedroom has a smoke alarm. If living in a suite, make sure there is one in each living area.

– Test all smoke alarms monthly.

– Never remove the batteries or disable the alarms.

– Learn all evacuation plans and practice each drill.

– Stay in the kitchen when cooking.

– Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.

– Never leave candles unattended. Blow them out when leaving or going to sleep.

– If you smoke, only smoke outside and where permitted.

– Don’t overload your outlets.

Stay safe!

Install. Inspect. Protect.

Posted on August 15, 2012 7:00 am : Blog

Make sure your family is safe. Smoke alarms can save your life in a fire, only if you have enough of them and you know they work. Do you have enough smoke alarms in your home? How old are they? Are they in the right places? Do they have a new battery in them? Without working smoke alarms, you and your family may not wake up in time to get to safety if a fire breaks out in your home. They are extremely important.

Putting Up Your Smoke Alarms

· Smoke rises, so smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings. Ceiling-mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall. Wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.

· Make sure the alarm is away from the path of steam from bathrooms and cooking vapors from the kitchen. These can cause a “false alarm” when the alarm goes off but there is not a fire.

· Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts.

Have Smoke Alarms That Work

· Make sure there is a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, especially where people sleep. This includes the basement. If possible, put an alarm inside every bedroom too.

· Test your smoke alarms once a month. Push the test button until you hear a loud noise.

· Put a new battery in your smoke alarms once a year. Put in a new battery if your alarm makes a “chirping” sound. This means the power is low.

· If your smoke alarms are more than 10 years old, get new smoke alarms.

When You Buy New Smoke Alarms

· Get enough to cover every level of your home and every bedroom.

· If you can, get “interconnected” smoke alarms. When one alarm goes off, they all sound. This means the alarm near you will go off sooner. It gives you more time to get your family outside to safety.

· There are two kinds of smoke alarms – photoelectric and ionization. If possible, get some of each kind or buy “combination” smoke alarms that have both types of sensors.

· Make sure your smoke alarms have been tested for safety by a laboratory. Look for a mark on the box such as ETL, UL or CSA.

Know the Difference: Smoke Detectors

Posted on August 8, 2012 7:00 am : Blog

There are two main types of smoke detectors: ionization detectors and photoelectric detectors. A smoke alarm uses one or both methods, plus a heat detector. The devices may be powered by a 9-volt battery, lithium battery, or 120-volt house wiring.

Ionization Detectors
Ionization detectors have an ionization chamber and a source of ionizing radiation. The source of ionizing radiation is a minute quantity of americium-241 (perhaps 1/5000th of a gram), which is a source of alpha particles (helium nuclei). The ionization chamber consists of two plates separated by about a centimeter. The battery applies a voltage to the plates, charging one plate positive and the other plate negative. Alpha particles constantly released by the americium knock electrons off of the atoms in the air, ionizing the oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the chamber. The positively-charged oxygen and nitrogen atoms are attracted to the negative plate and the electrons are attracted to the positive plate, generating a small, continuous electric current. When smoke enters the ionization chamber, the smoke particles attach to the ions and neutralize them, so they do not reach the plate. The drop in current between the plates triggers the alarm.

Photoelectric Detectors
In one type of photoelectric device, smoke can block a light beam. In this case, the reduction in light reaching a photocell sets off the alarm. In the most common type of photoelectric unit, however, light is scattered by smoke particles onto a photocell, initiating an alarm. In this type of detector there is a T-shaped chamber with a light-emitting diode (LED) that shoots a beam of light across the horizontal bar of the T. A photocell, positioned at the bottom of the vertical base of the T, generates a current when it is exposed to light. Under smoke-free conditions, the light beam crosses the top of the T in an uninterrupted straight line, not striking the photocell positioned at a right angle below the beam. When smoke is present, the light is scattered by smoke particles, and some of the light is directed down the vertical part of the T to strike the photocell. When sufficient light hits the cell, the current triggers the alarm.

Which Method is Better?
Both ionization and photoelectric detectors are effective smoke sensors. Both types of smoke detectors must pass the same test to be certified as UL smoke detectors. Ionization detectors respond more quickly to flaming fires with smaller combustion particles; photoelectric detectors respond more quickly to smoldering fires. In either type of detector, steam or high humidity can lead to condensation on the circuit board and sensor, causing the alarm to sound. Ionization detectors are less expensive than photoelectric detectors, but some users purposely disable them because they are more likely to sound an alarm from normal cooking due to their sensitivity to minute smoke particles. However, ionization detectors have a degree of built-in security not inherent to photoelectric detectors. When the battery starts to fail in an ionization detector, the ion current falls and the alarm sounds, warning that it is time to change the battery before the detector becomes ineffective. Back-up batteries may be used for photoelectric detectors.

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