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Top 3 Common Fire Hazards in Commercial Buildings

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Read up on these top 3 fire hazards in commercial buildings that may put your building at risk for a fire outbreak.  

Chesapeake Sprinkler Company and Chesapeake Protection Services have witnessed firsthand the devastating aftermath of commercial buildings impacted by a fire outbreak. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately one out of every four office property fires are caused by common fire hazards (like cooking equipment) with 88% of wet pipe sprinklers effectively controlling a fire outbreak to reduce property damage and death. Additionally, the NFPA indicates that the rate of death in properties equipped with wet pipe sprinklers is 62% lower in comparison to commercial buildings without wet pipe sprinklers. Looking to stay informed? Read up on these top 3 fire hazards in commercial buildings that may put your building at risk for a fire outbreak.

Fire Hazard: Overheating Computers 

A common culprit that can cause a fire outbreak within a commercial building is an overheating computer. When computers or laptops are left turned on for an extended time period without being properly shut down, this can trigger a computer or laptop to overheat and potentially explode. This explosion can trigger a fire within a commercial building. To avoid this fire hazard, ensure that all electronic devices within an office building are shut down before the close of the business day and invest in code-compliant hardwired smoke detectors with Chesapeake Protection Services to detect the first sign of any smoke embers.

Electrical Equipment

Electrical equipment within an office building are definite fire hazards that can compromise the safety of your commercial building. Keep an eye out for frayed electrical equipment, cooking equipment that’s plugged in (toasters, Keurig machines) and any other electrical equipment that is frequently used and has the potential to trigger an electrical fire within a commercial building. Additionally, ensure that all of your life safety systems are up-to-date and properly maintained in the event of a fire. 

Extension Cords 

Always use extension cords properly, as outlined by the manufacturer. Improper use of extension cords can trigger an electrical fire within a commercial building, particularly if an extension cord is being used to manage the power of numerous electronics. Additionally, be mindful of tangled extension cords that can contribute to a fire hazard within a commercial building. By keeping in mind proper handling of fire hazards within a commercial building, you can potentially prevent fires from occurring. 

Contact Chesapeake Sprinkler Company Today!

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.

For more information, please email or call our Odenton location at 410-674-7041, our Ashburn location at 703-729-5150, or for service / maintenance Chesapeake Protection Services at 410-674-7577. For emergencies, call 800-298-3473 (FIRE). Feel free to keep in touch through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!

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