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Legal Compliance and Risks

All condo associations and commercial properties in Illinois are required to provide and maintain various types of fire safety equipment throughout the common areas of the property. To intensify the enforcement of these regulations, the City of Chicago has increased the staffing and funding of inspection resources.

In short, they are cracking down on enforcement. This increased threat, coupled with the liability risks related to fires, have made this a serious issue for Associations and building owners.
To protect themselves from the exposure to lawsuits and penalties, board members and property owners must ensure that their building is in compliance with fire safety laws.

Properties must have the legally required number of fire extinguishers, emergency lights and exit signs in the building. This equipment must be maintained and certified, as required by law, by a licensed fire safety technician.

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The Risks of Ignoring the Law

The risks facing a Board or commercial property owner for failing to install and maintain the legally required safety equipment are serious. In fact, there are few legal requirements that carry such severe consequences for non-compliance. 

Ignoring the law will expose the Board and Association to the following risks:

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Lawsuits (Negligence)
Should a fire occur at a property where a person(s) is injured or killed, lawsuits will certainly follow. If the legally required fire safety equipment was not installed at the property, or if the equipment was not properly serviced and certified, the Board (or commercial property owner) is the party likely to be held responsible.

Many property owners are surprised to discover that they can be held personally liable for damages in cases of negligence. Don't leave yourself exposed!
Denial of Liability Protection
Denial of Building Repairs

Making Compliance

Easy & Inexpensive

The goal of our service is to provide a path to compliance that is both easy and inexpensive. Our licensed technicians can perform the servicing and certification work required on all of the basic fire safety equipment that a condo building or commercial property may need, including:

  • New portable fire extinguishers - sales and installation
  • Re-certified portable fire extinguishers - sales and installation
  • Complete fire extinguisher service and maintenance
  • Emergency lighting - installation, maintenance and annual testing
  • Exit signs/lighting - installation, maintenance and annual testing
  • Smoke & Carbon monoxide detectors - sales, installation and annual maintenance
Our maintenance center has the specialized equipment required to perform annual, 6-year and hydrostatic testing for dry chemical fire extinguishers. We also maintain a full selection of new and re-certified extinguishers, along with a wide variety of other safety equipment.

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