Fire safety is of utmost priority for all types of buildings, no matter how big or small. There are many ways for a fire to start and having the right equipment at the right place and the right time will help save lives and reduce property damage. Building owners and managers should take the time to evaluate where the building’s fire safety equipment are stored.
Of course, calling in the experts in fire equipment installation will ensure everything is where they should be. But as an added precaution here are some helpful reminders on where to install of the necessary tools:
Fire And Smoke Detectors
One of the most common and highly necessary fire safety tools are the fire and smoke detectors. These detectors are typically installed on the ceiling of each room, it is a must to have at least one in every room in the house or office space. The detectors are capable of creating a visual or a sound alarm once it has detected smoke or fire nearby.
Smoke and fire detectors are a must inside the kitchen, but also in bedrooms to alert everyone in the house of an emergency as soon as possible. Make sure to routinely inspect all of the detectors to ensure they are functional and ready for a response when needed.
Fire Extinguishers And Suppressors
Once the alarms have been raised the next step is to suppress or to contain the fire before it can spread. Fire extinguishers and other suppressors such as the fire sprinkler systems are easy to use options that are widely available. One call and a fire equipment installation team can outfit your building with the necessary equipment for fire suppression.
The best location for extinguishers and fire suppressors are in areas that are prone to catching fire or overheating. All kitchens and office pantries with a toaster oven or microwave should have a fire extinguisher at the very least to allow for quick fire dampening response. The same goes for stockrooms with a great number of flammable items such as an overused copier and stacks of paper.
The Fire Exit
All buildings no matter how tall must have fire exits that meet the fire safety code and it is a must for everyone inside the building to know where it is located. Fire exits should have a clear label that is unaffected even when the power of the building has been shut down. The signs should be visible at all times, especially during an emergency. Signs directing people toward the exits should be placed all over each floor of the building to ensure faster and safer evacuation.
There is no one correct placement for a fire exit, but buildings that house a great number of occupants must have more than one exit to avoid overcrowding during evacuation. During an emergency, there must also be an agreed upon evacuation location where the building occupants can gather for safety and medical assistance if needed.
Consult with a fire safety installation expert today to know where each type of fire safety equipment should be placed for fast and optimum access in case of a fire.
Westminster Fire has years of experience when it comes to fire protection and safety. We can help you with fire equipment installation, among others. Contact us today!