A significant element of running a successful business is ensuring it’s safe and secure in all facets. This safety and security include preparing your business for fire emergencies. When beginning the design process, your main goals with a new fire protection system should be protecting people and property and reducing recovery time. Here are five steps that will guarantee that you meet these goals effectively.
Step 1: Meet Fire Safety Codes
Compliance is the first thing to consider when designing a fire protection system. When you’re “up to code,” you meet the minimum legal requirements for your facility. Fire codes vary from one area to the next. Therefore, it’s necessary to stay informed on the requirements in your area before investing money into a fire protection system design.
Step 2: Pick a Detection Solution
Your new system needs detection capabilities. The latest fire protection technology makes modern designs more brilliant in detection. It’s now possible to distinguish between low and high levels of danger. For example, a heat detector can trigger an alarm before smoke is present, ensuring a higher level of protection. The difference between inadequate and excellent systems stops a small fire from growing into something more harmful.
Step 3: Choose Notifications and Alarms
A fire alarm is an essential tool in all facilities. Alarms alert people inside your building while alerting emergency personnel who must respond to a fire emergency as quickly as possible. Notification technology enables alarm systems to give crucial information to emergency responders, such as the fire’s location and severity. This information will help dispatch the proper personnel and equipment to the right area. Modern alarms can help even further by playing recorded messages instructing people in your building to exit safely. Sometimes, alarm systems connect to a facility’s ventilation system to help control smoke.
Step 4:Select a Fire Suppression System.
When the alarm system goes off, it engages a suppression system designed to contain a fire until you can extinguish it. A sprinkler system is the most-used form of suppression. Chemical suppression systems are an alternative for commercial buildings where fire sprinkler systems aren’t an option (if water suppression will destroy electrical equipment).
Step 5: Make Maintenance a Priority
It’s not enough to have high-quality fire protection systems at your company. A fire safety professional must inspect your equipment annually. You also want to maintain your systems at peak effectiveness by upkeeping them regularly. Contact Chesapeake Sprinkler today. We specialize in installing new equipment and testing your current equipment.
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Chesapeake Sprinkler Company is a leading fire sprinkler contractor in the region, which is now a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) company. As a full-service fire protection company, we offer design, fabrication, installation, testing, maintenance, and inspection of fire protection systems—everything you need from your fire suppression specialist.
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