09 Aug Is your fire system up to code?
Whether you’re dealing with commercial or residential fire protection, you want to make sure that all of your bases are covered. It’s important to make sure that your fire system is reliable, inspected, tested, and maintained. It’s a fact that the risk of injuries, deaths, and property damage can altogether be reduced by 50% when the right combination of automatic sprinklers and early warning systems are properly in place.
Unfortunately, many building owners believe that their systems are “good enough” and leave it at that. Here are three signs that your fire protection systems may not be up to code and ready to handle an emergency situation or, at the very least, a surprise inspection:
- 1. The fire extinguishers aren’t suited for the environment. Never assume that you can use any type of extinguisher in any type of situation. Different fire hazards can require different capacities and capabilities, depending on your environment. An inspector will know almost at first glance whether or not you’re equipped with the right devices.
- 2. The sprinkler heads have been painted over. You may think that you are sprucing up the workplace by painting a fire sprinkler to match the surroundings, but that could seriously limit the sprinkler’s ability to function when the time comes. If a renter or the property owner paints over a sprinkler head, the law requires that it must be replaced right away.
- 3. The inspections are done by employees instead of professionals. Routine inspections are vital to making sure that your protection system will work when you need it to and how you need it to. Even if your building maintenance employees are familiar with the fire code, it is always a good idea to get a professional’s perspective. While an employee’s familiarity might be a bit of helpful insight, they’re almost certainly not keeping up with year-to-year changes.
There’s a familiar saying in this line of business: Better safe than sorry. Don’t ever cut corners on your fire protection system for the safety of your property and the people inside. If you need assistance in purchasing, installing, inspecting, or perfecting your building’s fire safety systems, call the Horizon Alarms team at 800-467-1832 or send us a message and we’ll reach out to discuss all of your alarm needs.