As a hotel owner, you know that fire protection is important. Fire is a common and constant danger, especially in a large building like a hotel. As a business owner, keeping your employees, tenants, guests, and property safe is your number one priority.
Fire protection systems such as fire alarm design and fire sprinkler system designs are well-established ways of fire prevention and protection. Here are the top five ways you can prepare your hotel for fire safety.
Fire Alarm Systems
A fire alarm design is, perhaps, one of the most effective tools for fire safety. In the event of a fire, a functioning alarm can allow your employees and guests to evacuate the building quickly and safely with plenty of warning. They should be installed on every floor and in easy-access areas. In order for a fire alarm design to be most effective and up to fire safety standards, it will need to be regularly inspected and maintained by a professional fire protection company or service.
VESDA Smoke Detection
VESDA is an early warning smoke detection system designed by Xtralis. Using state-of-the-art technology, it takes in a continuous air supply of the building and samples it for traces of smoke. The advantage of this system is that it does not degrade over time, and it is able to detect minuscule levels of smoke in the air, so you can catch, and extinguish, the fire hazard before it escalates. This system is able to detect the fire at the earliest opportunity, giving you time to prevent injury, loss of life, and property damage.
A good fire alarm design is only half of a good fire protection system. All of the warnings in the world won’t help if people don’t know where to go. In the event of a fire alarm, you should also have well-established evacuation routes for all employees, staff, and guests in the building. These routes should be common knowledge, given to every new guest as they check in.
Fire Sprinkler Systems
With your Fire Alarm system or VESDA Smoke Detection system, you were able to detect the fire. Your employees and guests have followed the evacuation route and are now safely away from the building. Now what? You need a fast way to extinguish that fire before it has a chance to spread. A fire sprinkler system is said to be the number one way to protect your employees, guests, business, data, and property as it is able to douse the fire before it has a chance to grow, and it is much faster than human action. To be up to code, a fire sprinkler system must be properly installed, regularly inspected, and professionally repaired and maintained.
Fire Suppression Systems
A fire suppression system is another option to extinguish a potential fire. Instead of using water to douse a fire, like a sprinkler system, a fire suppression system uses a clean agent as a suppression tool. There are multiple types of agents and chemicals available. Talk to your local fire protection company for one that suits your needs.
Multiple Fire Alarm Designs
Remember, you don’t have to choose only one fire protection system. Statistics show that if you combine automatic sprinklers and other early warning systems in your building, it can reduce fire-related injuries, loss of life, and damaged property by half.
Now that you know a bit about the different systems available, hopefully, you can better understand how best to protect your hotel, employees, and guests. Fire alarms, sprinklers, suppression systems, and smoke detection, combined with a well-thought-out evacuation route and fire safety procedures can work together to ensure your hotel is up to code on its fire protection systems. Talk to your local commercial fire protection service to get an individualized and professional report on how best to protect your hotel from fire.