Fires cause commercial property owners over $2.4 billion each year, with the costliest fires occurring in buildings without a present or working smoke detector. Before your property is affected by fire, take the time to make sure proper fire safety equipment is installed.
Fire alarms are just one piece of protection in a fire safety system. The National Fire Protection Agency encourages installing all the following devices to provide protection within commercial buildings:
- Heat Detectors
- Smoke Detectors
- Pull Stations
A fire pre-plan is recommended to help your teams understand what to do and how to react in the event of a fire. When developing a pre-plan, consider mapping out fire hydrants, access for fire trucks around the building, special hazards such as combustible liquids on site, and the location of all utility shutoffs.
The National Fire Protection Agency also recommends installing Carbon Monoxide detectors, maintaining them alongside your fire alarm devices.
Additionally, positioning fire extinguishers at regular intervals throughout the property is recommended. Make sure that the correct type of extinguisher is provided based on the activity in the affected area.
Fire isn’t the only life-threatening hazard in an office building. The National Fire Protection Agency also recommends installing Carbon Monoxide detectors, maintaining them alongside your fire alarm devices.
DII representatives are here to advise you about fire safety and risk management regarding potential fire hazards on your property. For more information about how to protect your property and business in the event of a fire, please contact your DII representative.