Although Fire Prevention Week was observed in October, the importance of fire safety and prevention should be in the minds of building or property owners and managers every month. There are so many ways a fire can roar to life and quickly consume everything in its path. Yet, there doesn’t need to be extensive loss of property or loss of life—if the right protection and prevention methods are in place.
Many owners/managers, or their employees, place trash bins and dumpsters, loose trash bags, and other flammable items up against buildings outdoors where anyone might toss a cigarette or light them on fire. Make certain that trash is positioned far away from the building and store any non-trash, flammable materials in fire-safe locations indoors.
Believe it or not, many people visit or occupy a building without ever knowing what to do to prevent fires or how to escape when a fire happens—this can include your employees and your customers or clients. Create a fire prevention plan that clearly outlines potential fire hazards and the methods for dealing with them and an evacuation plan that clearly outlines two or more ways out of the building, any obstacles that could prevent evacuation during a fire, and an outside location where everyone should meet. Make certain employees and visitors know where to find these plans.
Fire extinguishers save lives and property, but they only do this if they’re working properly and used correctly. Make certain employees are thoroughly trained on how to use them. This training should include the PASS method and tips for dealing with different types of fires and fire scenarios.
It’s all too easy for life events or business changes to get in the way of a scheduled building inspection or maintenance plans. Yet, historically, fires have raged out of control because those responsible for these plans fell behind.
Make certain a professional inspector regularly checks that the building and any electrical equipment are clean, well-maintained, working properly and up to code, including fire protection systems like fire alarms, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, sprinklers, and kitchen fire protection, suppression and foam systems. In addition, building owners and managers should stick to their own inspection and maintenance plans between professional inspections.
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