Meeting of the Malts III

January 23, 2015

Last night, PFE had the pleasure of sponsoring Meeting of the Malts III.  The event was amazing to say the least.  The Priory is one of the best venues for any event in the city of Pittsburgh, and Heidi Howard from the Pennyslvania Restaurant & Lodging Association did a fantastic job setting everything up and executing the event throughout the evening.

It was an honor to share the room with so many great craft brewers such as Victory, East End, Troegs Brewing Company, and Appalachian Brewing Co. We enjoyed meeting all of the local start up brewers, as well.

Thank you, again, to everyone that came out last night!

Quick Fire Extinguisher Tips

January 7, 2015

Happy 2015! With the new year, it’s a great time to reevaluate your home fire safety needs—especially your fire extinguisher.

Four simple things to think about when purchasing a fire extinguisher for your home:

First, determine where you will be placing the extinguisher. Will you have one in the kitchen? Garage/work bench area? General location?  This can help you figure out what size and type of extinguisher you will need.

Once you have an idea of where it will go, you will need to think about what type of fires you may encounter in these locations. The United States has 5 classifications:

Class A – Ordinary combustibles like paper, wood, clothes, etc.

Class B – Flammable liquids such as gasoline or paint thinners

Class C – Electrical fires

Class D – Combustible metals, such as magnesium

Class K – Oil and grease fires, typically in the kitchen

Note: extinguishers have multiple classifications, and the most common extinguisher used in homes has a classification of ABC.  Here is a link that helps depict what certain extinguishers look like, and what fires they are suited for.

Third, you need to determine what size extinguisher you need.  Where will you store your extinguisher? Do you have little ones in the house that need to be able to use it in an emergency? Remember think about the potential size of a fire in that location, as well.

Once you have worked through the first 3 steps, make sure to store your extinguisher in an accessible location for everyone in the house.

Always remember to make sure you know how to use and maintain your extinguishers.  Like everything else in your home, fire extinguishers need to be maintained to ensure that it will be in working order should you ever need to use it.

Holiday Tip

December 18, 2014


Getting your Christmas Tree – real or artificial tips.

When purchasing an artificial tree make sure you see a label that says “Fire Resistant.”
If purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. Make sure the needles don’t break off or are hard to pull off. Also, fresh trees should have a sticky resin on the trunk butt.
When setting up your tree, make sure you do not place it near any heat sources. That would be fireplaces, radiators, or portable heaters. Also, remember to place the tree out of the way of high traffic areas and doorways.
It is a good idea to cut a few inches off the trunk of your real tree. This will allow the tree to absorb the water better, and keeps it from drying out faster and becoming a fire hazard. So always water your tree every day.

Happy Holidays from PFE.

PFE is NYC bound

November 18, 2014


Before the end of November, PFE took a road trip to New York City to attend ISC East. ISC East is THE security industry trade show! While we were there, we had a chance to meet with technical reps from over 200 brands in the security industry and learn about the new and exciting products that they had to offer.
These trade shows help us stay ahead of the curve to bring our clients the best product on the market. It is an exciting time in the Camera and Home Automation industry! Call us today to schedule an appointment!