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Metro's Emergency & Exit Lighting Service

EMERGENCY and Exit Lights are an integral part of every Fire Protection solution. They are critical in ensuring all occupants find a safe exit during an emergency. The State of Texas has a variety of local, state, and national codes that require certain multifamily residential facilities to have the appropriate means of egress marked with readily-visible signs. In certain cases, the means of egress must also have emergency lighting provided as required by the building codes. The following National Fire Protection Association and OSHA publications serve as the basis for detailing the minimum lighting requirements:

  • NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code Sections 7.8 and 7.9
  • FPA 70 –National Electrical Code
  • SHA 29 CRF 1910.35 – 1910-38

Installation of Emergency and Exit Lighting

The facility owner is required to provide emergency and exit lighting based on the type of construction, classification of occupancy, and means of egress. Metro will provide an auto-cad design of your facility and recommend the equipment needed to ensure compliance with all applicable codes.

Monthly Maintenance

The facility staff is required to visually pay attention to any noticeable issues, such as burnt out bulbs, damaged lighting, and lack of power to signs and or lights. If these issues occur they are required to have the necessary maintenance performed

Annual Inspection

All battery–powered emergency and exit lights must be inspected and maintained annually per code requirement and manufactures standards. Metro’s Inspection includes the following:

  • A 90-minute full function test
  • Checking batteries and lenses for sulfation and corrosion
  • Cleaning unit and lenses
  • Adjusting beams for proper alignment
  • Checking charging system voltage
  • Checking battery voltage output
  • Document burnt-out bulbs and dysfunctional batteries
  • Testing the integrity of the lights and batteries with attest button for 30 seconds. Burnt-out bulbs and dysfunctional batteries are replaced
  • Checking each light for physical damage that could hinder its operation
  • Checking AC and charge lamps, if applicable
  • During the approved maintenance; our technicians will remove all discarded batteries from facility and dispose of them in an appropriate manner.

Record Keeping

Current and accurate records must be kept relating to all inspection and maintenance activity. Metro will maintain a survey of all emergency and exit lights in the facility, types of fixtures, battery types, and locations. An inspection label will be placed on the fixtures as documentation of worked performed and all deficiencies will accompany the annual Life Safety inspection report.


Fire Hose and Valve Cabinets

HC2434, HC2634 and VC2430 SERIES

TO SPECIFY THE HC2434, HC2634 and VC2430 SERIES:

  • Insert, after "HC" or "VC," the appropriate prefix for the trim and door material.
    If STEEL - Use S. If ALUMINUM - Use AL.
    If BRASS - Use B. If BRONZE - Use BZ.
  • Select the required model number from the table below.
  • Select the door style from the illustrations.

Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

How to Specify and Order

Architectural Series

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Architectural Series is a traditional, value-added line of recessed, semi-recessed, and surface mounted fire extinguisher cabinets. These units are designed for all types of buildings and are equipped with the conventional door styles such as those pictured below.


ADA Fire Extinguisher Guidelines

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidelines for Fire Extinguisher Cabinets and Fire Hose / Valve Cabinets

The following guidelines should be used when fire extinguisher cabinets, fire hose/valve cabinets, and other fire protection cabinets are located in public accommodations and commercial facilities subject to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):


Fire Extinguisher Systems

Metro Communication is a leader in life safety services specializing in the multi-family industry. In addition to the installation, service and 24-hour monitoring, Metro offers the customer a couple of options for maintaining and inspecting their fire extinguishers. Listed below are the key elements for maintaining, replacing and certifying the onsite fire extinguishers.


Fire Extinguisher Types

mp series fire extinguisher

MP SERIES Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical

These units contain specially fluidized and siliconized mono ammonium phosphate powder which smothers and breaks the chain reaction on Class B fires, fuses and insulates Class A fires, and as a non-conductor of electricity, is effective on Class C fires involving live electrical equipment.


MetroCell & WifiByMetro Solutions

Metro Communication Systems Inc. (Metro) has a Carrier approved solution for lack of cellular & wi-fi signal-in-building. The real challenge is growing every day as the majority of cell phone users begin to utilize their wireless devices as their main communication device. Depending on the characteristics of your internal environment; it will greatly hinder the consistent cellular & Wi-Fi experience. MetroCell & WiFiByMetro solutions are delivered and maintained at a 5 to 1 ratio as compared to the conventional industry solutions.


Metro's Garage & Overhead Door Services

Metro Communication’s 4S Enterprise Solution and its commitment to sincerity, speed, service and 100% satisfaction are the core factors for its overhead & garage door service division. Metro’s approach for the community owner and maintenance is to support their staff with on-site training. Once accomplished, the communities staff can perform a host of minor repairs such as; spring replacement, rollers, cables, hinges, hollow metal doors, emergency door, panic bars. These repairs, when performed by onsite staff, will greatly reduce this expense. Metro currently stocks all the major brands - Craftsman, Genie, Lift Master, and Chamberlyn - for replacement parts and have 24-hour delivery service available.


24 Hour Fire & Security Monitoring Services

24-Hour Alarm monitoring is a crucial component of your Fire & Security Alarm System. The system's ability to properly detect emergencies and protect your assets truly depends on the integrity of the monitoring facility and its staff.

Metro partners with the nation’s premiere Central Office Processing Service (C.O.P.S.). Our U.L. 24-hour monitoring station is a multi-redundant site, UL-Listed, FM Approved, IQ Certified 24-hour central station that specializes in providing alarm monitoring services to businesses, private residences, or government agencies throughout the nation.


Video Monitoring Security Systems

Rapid Response

Interactive remote monitoring offers tremendous enhancements in personal safety. Available 24 hours a-day, this service gives Metro customers a fast response and safe resolution during emergency or crisis situations. Activated by the customer, rapid response video monitoring gives us the ability to remotely view and communicate with your business whenever you or your employees need assistance. From the visual communication center, our intervention specialists are trained, alert and ready to respond in a moment's notice. With Metro's rapid response video monitoring, you can:


Turnkey Construction Services

Metro Communication provides turnkey construction solutions for life safety systems, security alarms, metro-cell, wifibymetro, gate access, access control, closed circuit tv, and resident entertainment amenities. Our experienced installers and technicians apply metro's zero defects policy to every system, every project and every relationship.


CCTV & Video Monitoring Security Systems

You now have the ability to become more effective in the protection of your community and its on-site assets. Technology advancements have made it cost-effective for every property to be proactive in the observation of the community's activity. Traditionally, owners and managers would take the time to perform their "President Inspections" of the community in person. Metro Communication’s state-of-the-art scalable CCTV remote & event monitoring system allows you to stay in touch with your communities' considerable activity.


Water Back Flow Devices

The concern over America's drinking water has never been at a higher priority than now. During the last several years, local cities have been instituting safe drinking water acts. These all include the use of water back flow devices wherever there is a cross connection between public drinking water and a potential contaminate. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the leader in the State of Texas for enforcing the protection of our drinking water.


Fire Alarm Systems

The assumed Amenity!

We all must share in the responsibility of making sure our smoke detectors & fire alarm systems are working correctly. Your city fire marshal has adopted the NFPA standards which mandate the community's responsibility to ensure the systems are inspected regularly. This procedure is often overlooked because the fire alarm equipment is usually out of sight and out of mind. Metro will provide a proactive approach to ensure these services are done on a regular basis as required by the State of Texas.


Fire Sprinkler Alarm Systems

The forgotten amenity!

The fastest response to a fire is a fire sprinkler alarm system. That is why a fire sprinkler alarm system is required by law in so many buildings across America. For the fire sprinkler alarm systems to be maintained correctly, they are required by NFPA code to be tested regularly.


Access Control Systems

The most cost-effective way to protect your communities’ assets is to control who has access to them. Metro Communication Systems can design an open, modular, scalable and intuitive system to effectively meet your community’s needs. From simple keypads and coded locks to integrated biometrics, Metro can guide you through designing a system and choosing the right features. Our engineers will utilize their expertise and experience to install the exact system to best fit the Community.


Gate Access Control Systems

Design & Quality Workmanship

With 25 years’ experience in Texas, Metro Communication is the best choice for installing, upgrading, and servicing the gate access control system for your community. The most important factor when managing an access control or C.C.T.V system is the design and quality workmanship for the product. The cost repercussions for failing to receive these key essential elements could cost more than the original Installation in maintenance repairs.

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