Fire protection in warehouses and storage facilities is extremely important. As a manager of this type of facility, you have to ensure that your structure, equipment, and assets are protected in the event of an emergency. More importantly, you need to make sure that your employees and visitors are safe.
There was an average of 1,270 reported fires in warehouse structures each year based on a study from 2007 – 2011 according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). On average each year, these fires caused:
According to the NFPA, there are eight leading causes of structure fires in warehouses:
The NFPA also reports that warehouses are more common on weekdays with little variation between the individual days of the week. This is a common trend for many businesses, but it is important to properly install and maintain fire protection systems that will protect your facility regardless of the day of the week.
Fire sprinklers are the main way that warehouse and storage managers ensure safety for their employees and property. But the different materials stored within the building impact how a fire sprinkler system is designed and installed.
A professional fire protection company can design and install a unique fire sprinkler system for your particular needs, especially if your building has:
Different methods of storage in warehouses can impact how a fire spreads or how a fire sprinkler nozzle is able to extinguish a fire—this doesn’t even take into account the flammability of the actual materials being stored!
Since your property may be loud with multiple people roaming throughout various locations in the warehouse, fire and smoke alarms are also crucial for your fire protection methods. Properly installed alarms are necessary to alert all your employees and occupants in the event of a fire so that they are able to evacuate safely.
Building and property managers should also utilize professional design, installation, and regular inspection of their additional fire protection systems including:
The best ways to minimize your business’ fire risk is to have a licensed fire protection company, like Kauffman Co., come to your property and professionally install, design, inspect, and repair your fire protection systems. Not only can a licensed fire protection technician give your business a fresh set of risk management eyes, they also can design effective fire protection equipment and systems, create a proper employee training program, and ensure that all your equipment is working as expected.
If you need fire protection installation or inspection in the Houston, Texas area, contact Kauffman Co. today!
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