As a business owner, your number one priority is maintaining the safety of your employees and property. Accidents can happen anytime, and code violations can be costly to your business. Mistakes can occasionally happen, especially if you are not working with fire protection professionals. Here are some common fire safety code violations and how to avoid them.
Faulty Smoke Detectors
One of the most common violations that fire safety professionals find is faulty smoke detectors. Generally, you should be inspecting your smoke detectors on a regular basis. Battery operated detectors frequently need new batteries or have an issue with sound amplification. If your smoke detectors are placed in the duct work of your building, they may be exposed to contamination if the HVAC filters are not changed regularly. Have your smoke detectors serviced at least once a year to ensure they are working correctly.
Expired Fire Extinguishers
Commercial fire extinguishers are required in all businesses, but just having them isn’t enough; they also need to be serviced regularly and be easily accessible at all times. Make sure you check the expiration date on all of your fire extinguishers and properly dispose of them when necessary. In addition to your smoke detectors, you should also have your fire extinguishers inspected at least once a year.
Obstructed Hallways or Stairs
The exits in your building need to be clearly marked and easily accessible to ensure a safe evacuation in the event of an emergency. Remove all items from the floor and near doorways to keep a clear path. Failing to do this could result in more serious accidents during an emergency.
Incorrect Emergency Lighting
Many businesses are required to have illuminated exit signs at all times. These signs must not be blocked by furniture, signage, or other visual obstruction at any time. Some businesses also must have emergency lighting that can run on batteries or generators to light up hallways in the event of a power outage.
Not Maintaining Fire Sprinklers
While most buildings have sprinklers, few business owners or property managers know how to maintain their system. Fire sprinkler systems are commonly forgotten about since they are seldom used. It is essential to have your fire sprinklers regularly inspected and maintained by a qualified fire protection company. A professional will be able to identify any potential problems with the sprinklers and ensure that they will work function properly.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
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