Fire safety is a concern for everyone. Even though most people go through their lives without having to face an incident of fire, it is naive to think that something like that might never happen to you. The most dangerous aspect of fires is that it is often unpredictable. Since fires can occur at any time, the best way to tackle it is by installing a host of fire safety devices such as alarm panels, detectors, extinguishers, and sprinklers. It is becoming increasingly common among builders and developers to make fire safety and protection one of their topmost priorities. No one wants to be liable to a fire catastrophe that might result in multiple casualties, property damage, and other huge losses. Being prepared to fight a possible fire means that all your equipment must be installed correctly and must undergo regular maintenance. In times of emergency, there is a lot of panic and the last thing anyone wants during that time is to not be able to locate a fire extinguisher or find out that there is no water in the sprinkler heads above.
Fire system design and installation
As a homeowner or businessman, it is right for you to invest in the best and most suitable firefighting systems available on the market. However, merely purchasing them will not protect your house or workplace from devastating flames. In fire safety, it is extremely crucial to have all the devices installed in a certain way. The design of your fire safety plan must ensure that the firefighting equipment is located in the best possible locations to tackle the fire. This means that extinguishers or overhead sprinklers have to be installed in places where there is a strong possibility of a fire to occur. Moreover, all devices such as trigger alarms or fire extinguishers must be easily accessible and the building’s occupants should be familiar with the entire design including the path to an emergency exit.
Maintaining fire safety equipment
It is a popular misconception that protection against a fire is guaranteed forever once you have all the equipment in place. This is completely false as even the most sophisticated firefighting devices need regular maintenance. Indeed, the ability of a fire protection system to efficiently put out a fire does not depend on the product quality or manufacturer. It depends on your maintenance program and whether it is being strictly followed.
According to the National Building Code, a registered place of business or residence is only allowed to keep its fire license as long as it undergoes fire safety audits at frequent intervals of time. These audits may be carried out by internal groups such as apartment owners association or a property manager. But it is much better to bring in an outside fire safety expert so that he can accurately determine if the installed equipment is in good working condition. Besides this, a thorough evaluation of risks must also be quantitatively or qualitatively assessed. This is especially useful for large, sprawling structures like factories or warehouses as it allows you to categorize different sections of the building depending on how vulnerable they are to a fire hazard.