Commercial fire protection companies provide a more valuable service than you might think. Not only do they install and outfit non-residential properties with important pieces of safety equipment, but they also perform inspections to ensure that everything is in good working condition, and that the risk of fires is minimized. Here are just a few reasons why this is so important.
Making Sure Smoke Alarms Are Properly Functioning.
Every structure needs to be properly covered by fully-functioning smoke alarms. When these devices are present in a person’s home, the occupants’ risk of dying in a fire is reduced by about one-half. However, it’s easy to forget to test them to make sure they’re still working, or even replace their batteries. These devices also need to be replaced every 10 years to prevent malfunction. Fire protection services can go through an entire property, and make sure the smoke alarms are working properly.
Installing Sprinkler Systems.
Commercial fire sprinkler systems are perhaps the most effective piece of fire protection equipment, yet many properties don’t have them installed. Automatic fire sprinkler systems cut the risk of structure occupants dying in a fire by about 80%. The National Fire Protection Association also has no record of a fire killing more than two people in a fire that occurs in a building that’s been totally outfitted with a properly operating fire sprinkler. Yet, sprinklers are still rare. Only 36% of educational properties, 24% of stores and offices, 23% of public assembly properties, and 6% of homes have them. Fire protection services can outfit structures with these highly effective systems.
Inspecting Fire Extinguishers
If automatic sprinkler systems aren’t the best pieces of fire protection equipment, then fire extinguishers are… so long as they’ve been inspected and taken care of. In a National Federation of Fire Equipment Distributors survey, portable fire extinguishers successfully extinguished 95% of reported fire incidents. What’s more, 98% of people were able to successfully use fire extinguishers without any training in one study, and when they were trained a bit, a full 100% could use them effectively. However, fire extinguishers need to be inspected and certified every year by a fire protection company, and need a full breakdown and internal inspection every six years.
By inspecting properties, commercial fire protection services ensure that non-residential properties have the smallest risk of fires as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.