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5 Essential Tips for Having Proper Fire-Prevention Equipment

employee checking fire extinguishers

The risk of fire is just one of the many concerns you have for both your business and your home. If a fire does start, it is critical to have the proper fire-prevention equipment ready. The right equipment can provide an early- warning alert, and prevent the spread of fire. These are essentials in preventing harm to anyone and minimizing property damage in the event of a fire.

An Essential part of your Fire -Prevention Plan

The prevention and/or reduction in the impact of fire begins by having the right equipment ready in working condition at all times.

This requires careful evaluation in the initial selection of prevention equipment, and ensuring that the equipment is maintained and working properly.

Your comprehensive fire prevention plan should include alarm and fire extinguishing systems that are well suited to the building layout. Large buildings may also require the installation of specialized fire doors. The specific types of alarms and equipment used to prevent the spread of a fire will depend on the type of facility and a fire risk assessment.

Select the Right Equipment

smoke detector warning presence of smokeFor your home this can mean a few quality smoke-alarms and a hand-held extinguisher. For an office building, the prevention equipment could be far beyond a home setting depending on the size and layout of the building. In all situations the proper equipment means proven quality to ready to prevent the spread of fire.

The equipment selection process should focus on the manufacturer’s history and warranty provisions. What documented fire prevention research and testing is available? Does the equipment meet all required prevention standards?

Take the time to read the product warranty. The proper fire-prevention equipment should have at least a five-year product warranty, and that includes alarms and fire extinguishers. A warranty of five years or more means the company stands by the quality of their prevention products.

Proper fire-prevention equipment means high-quality, dependable equipment that is ready in the event of an emergency.

Proper Maintenance

fire safety training with extinguishersOnce you have selected a high-quality fire-prevention product, an effective maintenance plan must be included as part of the overall integrated fire prevention plan.

Quality prevention products require proper maintenance to ensure readiness. Ideally, a fire will never break out, but years can go by from date of purchase to a before a fire event.

If a fire starts the equipment must operate as designed. If you have a large commercial property, maintenance means looking at the entire system on a regular basis and may often include refresher training for staff. For your home situation, batteries in alarms must always stay operational.

Extinguishers should always be in a secure place, but there can be maintenance issues with the seals as a result of pressure build up over time. Regardless, of home or business equipment, make sure there are regular maintenance checks on all fire-prevention equipment.

Integrated Fire Prevention Plan

The proper fire-prevention equipment starts with the selection of quality products that are well maintained over and ready when needed. The effective use of fire prevention equipment is an essential component in an overall integrated fire prevention plan, that should include the emergency contact information, fire escape route communication and any necessary equipment training.

Talk to us today about how we can put together an effective fire prevention plan for your organization. Advanced Consulting & Training also has fire safety classes available, both at our facilities or at your location.