Smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are the first line of protection against devastating smoke and fires. Make sure that these devices and systems are regularly inspected and meet all local, state and federal regulations. Test them regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions. If the alarm or system is supposed to be tested by a professional, be sure to have a qualified individual perform the tests.
Keep all documents that accompanied the alarm or system. This includes the owner's manual, operation instructions, purchase records and warranty information. Also, keep a log of repairs and maintenance. Be sure that workers know what to do when the alarm sounds, and have an evacuation plan in place ahead of time. The plan should be reviewed regularly and posted in high-traffic areas. Conduct fire drills as often as recommended by the local fire department. Never downplay the importance of these systems, testing them, maintaining them or conducting drills with them.
Fire Extinguishers and Suppressors
Fire extinguishers allow people to fight small fires before there is significant damage. Larger systems can put out big fires and keep spacious open areas safer. Learn all regulations for fire extinguisher size and quantity for an individual business. Be sure to comply with those requirements, and keep extinguishers in areas that will not require people to walk more than 75 feet to reach them. Ensure that the extinguishers are each maintained and inspected as required, and the same applies for suppressors. Be sure to train employees how to use fire extinguishers or suppressors frequently. Most local fire departments will conduct demonstrations regularly with advance notice.
Sprinkler systems should be checked and tested for functionality frequently. Monthly tests to ensure an open valve are a must, and the main drain should be tested four times per year. A professional inspection should be conducted once per year. Never delay inspections.
When there is a fire, flood or severe storm, emergency lights on a commercial property or inside of the building could go out. This also means that other electrical equipment will go out. Be sure that the system provides ample light and is connected to a reliable power source. Emergency lights should activate when the main power supply is no longer available. This must always include exit signs that are necessary for safe evacuation. Test all emergency lights and backup power sources regularly, and have them inspected or maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions.
To learn more about workplace fire safety systems and the importance of proper functionality, discuss with an agent at 314-351-HALO(4256).