Now that daylight savings time has ended, you should double check your smoke alarms and fire alarms. You’ve seen those announcement boards out on the highway, but did you listen to them? You might not think fire alarms are that important, or you’ve heard these myths and believed them. Either way, let’s find out the truth about these myths.
Fire Alarms Protect Entire Buildings
This myth is incredibly pervasive. But it’s not true. The fire alarm will notify you of a fire, but they don’t work the same way as fire sprinkler systems do. Fire alarms should be used in tandem with fire sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. All three components are crucial to a successful fire prevention plan or protection program. Thus, it’s important to ensure all three are in proper working conditions, and employees know how to react in emergency situations.
The Alarms Themselves Do the Work
A fire alarm can’t stop the fire. All it can do is tell you that a fire is happening and that you should evacuate the building. As we mentioned above, fire alarms are just one piece of the puzzle. You should have other fire prevention and response protocols in place for dealing with any situations, such as a backdraft, that might occur along with an unexpected fire.
They Don’t Need Regular Inspections
This myth is untrue. One surefire way to make sure your fire alarms are fully functional is to conduct regular inspections. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for during these sessions, call the professionals at Judd Fire Protection to take a look. You are required by law to have fire alarms installed and have them serviced whenever necessary. Compliance also demands that you meet the expected standards once repairs are completed.
You Don’t Even Need Them
This last myth is perhaps even more untrue than the last one. Owners of commercial buildings or apartment complexes need to have fire alarms. These are also necessary for schools, hospitals, restaurants, theaters, and virtually anywhere else you can expect people to gather. Get your fire alarms updated, and if you don’t have any, it’s time to get them installed.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.