If you are currently renovating a house, apartment complex, or commercial building in Houston, your primary focus is probably on making sure the project doesn’t affect structural integrity. You might also concentrate on making the finished product more energy efficient, as well as facilitating aesthetic design requests from the client.
While you have many critical concerns to think about, don’t neglect the importance of fire protection for renovation projects. Team up with Kauffman Co. to ensure your building is less susceptible to fire while being renovated. To learn more, please call us at 713-893-1090.
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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 90 percent of structure fires occur in occupied, fully operational buildings. Fewer than 3,000 fires reported to US fire departments each year, or 0.5 percent of all structure fires, occur in buildings while undergoing major renovation.
Electrical failure or malfunction and placing heat sources too close to combustibles are the leading causes of these fires, responsible for a combined 35 percent of them. Intentionally lit fires, torches, burners, soldering irons, cooking equipment, smoking materials, and exposure are the other causes of fire in buildings undergoing major renovation.
Buildings are more vulnerable to fire during renovation projects because, often times, their fire protection systems—including sprinklers, alarms, and automatic fire suppression—are incomplete, offline, or impaired in some way. Passive fire protection in the form of drywall and doors may also be missing for a time. Then, the presence unusual heat sources, such as torches and soldering irons, create the potential for ignition.
Here’s what we suggest to combat these problems:
Renovation contractors aren’t blind to fire safety needs—they often simply get caught up in the deadlines and time constraints of the project, so fire safety is overlooked. With extra help from a fire protection company in Houston, you can focus on the renovation without neglecting fire safety. Choose Kauffman Co. for the services you need! Contact us today to learn more.
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