October is Fire Protection & Safety Month, and Kauffman Co. is excited to share our wealth of fire safety knowledge with building managers throughout the Houston region. With Fire Protection Week happening between October 9 to October 13, we’ve put together a list of five tips for celebrating fire safety this month at your Galveston-area commercial building.
Find out how you can make fire protection and safety a top priority by reading the tips below!
What better month to start getting your fire prevention system maintenance back on track than Fire Protection and Safety Month? Each business must adhere to specific fire safety codes set for their facility type, which may include installing smoke alarms, fire sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers. After installation, these systems need to be carefully maintained at specific intervals to ensure they work properly during a fire event.
Spend some time this month conducting a fire safety checklist to ensure your building is prepared to handle a fire event. This checklist might include the following:
When conducting your checklist, be sure to cover every crevice of your building to ensure all equipment is accounted for and inspected. Be sure that everyone who works, lives, or operates in the building understands what fire safety procedures are in place so they are prepared to handle a fire event.
Especially in office spaces, overloaded electrical equipment can go overlooked. It’s important to ensure your extension cords are not overheating by reducing the number of devices plugged into them. Additionally, it’s wise to avoid placing any cords or wires under rugs or in high-traffic locations around the building. These can present a tripping hazard to any occupants who are evacuating the building due to a fire event.
Not only are wires and cords hazardous, but cluttered buildings can end up adding fuel to a fire event. Paper products, alcohol-based cleaning supplies, dried-up plants, and more can all become threats to building occupants trying to escape as these objects become quickly engulfed in flames. Take this time to communicate cleanliness standards to building staff and occupants so you can ensure your property remains safe in the event of a fire.
Sometimes, a fire event can’t be prevented no matter how hard we may try, which is why it’s critical that you have a fire evacuation plan in place. This month, make sure you and your team understand the evacuation routes within your building. Consider including someone with a physical disability in the evacuation planning process so they can identify opportunities for improvement to make the plan more easily accessible to all occupants. Additionally, place the evacuation plan prominently in strategic locations throughout the building so occupants can easily find and follow the route should a fire break out.
Kauffman Co. is proud to provide the fire safety and prevention services that building managers throughout the Houston region need to keep their properties and occupants safe. If you’re looking to enhance the fire safety at your commercial building this October, don’t hesitate to contact our team to schedule the fire prevention services you need.
From fire sprinkler installations and smoke alarm inspections to fire hydrant flow testing, there’s no fire safety request too challenging for our team. Call Kauffman Co. at (713) 893-1090 to speak to our fire prevention professionals today!
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