The US Fire Administration reported a 24 percent increase in fire-related deaths from 2010 to 2019. Every year, many American homes, offices, and commercial complexes burn down, and precious lives and money is lost in such incidents.
All these lives and financial damage can, however, be prevented. If facility managers and business owners ensure proper fire protection measures are in place, many fire accidents can be averted.
This means that having an up-to-date and functional fire extinguisher and fire alarm system is essential for every facility and its occupant’s wellbeing.
Here are some tips to ensure that the fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems in your commercial or residential building are at par.
Engage Professionals to Commission
Do it right from the start. Commissioning refers to the day your fire extinguisher and alarm system will be installed. Make sure to call a licensed fire protection specialist to install your system. The professional will thoroughly check the equipment, properly install it, and mark the date, so you know about the extinguisher’s expiry.
Follow Preventive Maintenance Approach
Once a fire alarm system is in place, make sure to opt for preventive maintenance programs. Instead of fixing issues when they surface, preventive maintenance will allow you to catch potential problems beforehand. This will be good in terms of safety and costs both.
Schedule Periodic Inspections
Alongside preventive maintenance schedule for fire alarm system, schedule periodic fire extinguisher inspections. NFPA suggests inspecting a fire extinguisher at least twice a year to detect faults and order timely repairs.
Have a Fire Protection Contractor on Board
As a business owner or facility manager, you can’t do everything on your own. Therefore, get a licensed fire protection contractor on board to oversee your alarm system and extinguishers. The contractor will ensure that your facility is protected from fire and you have all the necessary gear in case a fire erupts.
Don’t Overlook Professional Facility Management
Even if you feel you have it under control, sometimes you need an extra set of hands. This is where we come in.
At Facilities USA, we provide end-to-end facility management solutions across America. Reach out to us today to get a quote for fire alarm system maintenance, fire extinguisher inspections, commercial waste management, and a wide range of full-services facilities solutions. Let us oversee your operations while you focus on your business.