One of the essential components of running a successful business is ensuring that your employees and the place they work is as safe and secure as possible. A major part of that is preparing for the things that haven’t happened yet or may occur in the future. That includes fires.
For a lot of people, fire protection system design is like learning a totally different language. So today, we’re going to drill it down into a few easy to understand components. That way when you’re speaking with your fire safety pros and/or contractors, you’ll have a guidepost as to what should or should be in a project, why certain aspects are included or not included and overall – just have a better awareness of the project.
Good decisions are almost always well informed ones, so that’s why we’re here today. Here are the five secrets to success in fire protection systems. Let’s jump right in.
Codes and compliance
The first thing you’ll need to get a general grasp of are your local fire codes and the rules and regulations that you’ll have to abide by. This basically means that you’ll need to meet a minimum legal requirement for your specific building based on your building’s needs. This is a crucial aspect of the process, so make sure you spend the time getting to know the ropes before you plunk the money down on a new system.
Any good system should provide you with a means to detect the fire. And to be sure –the range of devices and technology in these detection devices has never been so comprehensive. Certain detectors can even differentiate between threat levels and can couple alarms to help audibly signal that there’s danger, but specifically – what kind of danger there might be.
Alarms and notifications
Simply put, alarms notify people in your building that there might be an issue. Just as important, they notify emergency personnel so that they can respond as quickly as possible. These systems can also be used to convey messages – such as where emergency responders will be most needed, or even voice commands that can notify people where they can find exits. In specific situations – these systems can also be hooked up to a building’s ventilation system to help clear the room of smoke.
Whenever an alarm is triggered in a commercial building, it’ll trigger a suppression system that can help contain the fire until it can be extinguished. It also helps the fire from spreading too quickly and gives people a better chance of getting out safely. A sprinkler is perhaps the most common, but you can also choose from certain kinds of chemicals as well.
Regardless of what you plan might be – you should always make sure it is being routinely inspected and accounted for. Nothing works well if you don’t take care of it – and fire suppression systems are no exception. Make sure your equipment is inspected by a certified fire safety professional at least once a year.
If you have any questions about your facility and what kind of design elements you’d need, we’ll be happy to provide a free consultation. Call us! Until then – good luck and congratulations on the new business!