Fires in commercial buildings can be devastating and costly, causing significant injuries, deaths, and damages. Installing fire safety systems can help prevent and reduce the impacts of fires in commercial buildings, providing security, safety, and protection for its occupants and property. Listed below are four key components of fire safety systems in commercial buildings.
Fire alarms are a key component of commercial buildings’ fire safety systems. They serve as the first line of defense in a fire emergency, helping to warn and protect the occupants of commercial buildings from injury or death. When people hear the fire alarm go off in a building, even if it’s a false alarm, they’re aware of a potential danger and that it’s necessary to vacate the premises using designated exits safely. It’s important that fire alarms receive annual inspections and maintenance to keep them updated and operating properly.
Emergency Exit Signs and Lights
Often during fire emergencies, people tend to panic, creating environments that can be chaotic and confusing. Along with the human factor, factors such as lack of power, smoke, and fire can obscure the view in a building, making it difficult to navigate towards designated exits. This is why it’s essential for commercial buildings to have working emergency lights and exit signs to provide visibility and guidance during potential emergencies preventing building occupants from being lost or trapped. Emergency lights and exits signs should be regularly tested and inspected to ensure they’re properly operating.
Fire codes and regulations in most commercial settings require access to fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers are a helpful tool to stop small fires from spreading. Typically fire extinguishers should be accessible and mounted near exits or on walls at distances less than 75 feet, reducing the amount of travel time and space needed to reach a fire extinguisher in an emergency. Like other fire safety systems, fire extinguishers require regular maintenance. It’s also important that employees are adequately trained and able to operate fire extinguishers.
Fire Sprinkler System
Fire sprinklers are another key component of fire safety systems in commercial buildings, helpful in suppressing or extinguishing large fires with water and reducing fire damage. To ensure your building’s sprinkler system is prepared for unexpected emergencies, regular maintenance and inspections are necessary.
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