The right fire protection systems can protect your people, property and inventory from the devastating effects of a fire catastrophe. They can also save your precious products and equipment that you have invested so much time and money in. There are many different fire suppression systems that can be custom designed to fit your space and your needs. Whether you have expensive computer hardware and state of the art servers, or medical and surgical equipment, or precious commodities stored on pallets in rack storage, there is a system to help you protect your investment.
The best way to avoid injury and death during a fire is to evacuate the building as quickly as possible. You should practice your evacuation plan regularly to ensure that everyone can leave the building in a timely manner. You should also review the fire and life safety codes that are set by your local and national authorities to ensure that you have met their requirements.
If you find yourself unable to escape from your building during a fire, you can protect your respiratory health by wearing a face mask or wet cloth over your nose and mouth. This will filter the harmful particulates that are emitted during a fire, allowing you to breathe easier and for longer.
When a fire breaks out, it can spread quickly. A small spark can turn into a raging blaze within seconds and destroy everything in its path. A fire suppression system detects heat and smoke, and when activated, it releases foam, mist or gasses that extinguish the flames and prevent their spread. The lightning-fast response of these systems will minimize damage to your products, assets and property.
There are a number of ways to prevent fires in the first place, including keeping flammable materials at least three feet away from radiators, space heaters and woodstoves. Unplug appliances that are not in use, and keep combustible materials away from the edges of your home, shed or garage to create a defensible space around these structures. You should also make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your home and that you are familiar with how to use it.
Fire-resistant walls and fire doors are a vital component of fire protection. These barriers can withstand a fire for up to an hour, and they are arranged to provide compartmentation, which reduces the size of a fire and its spread. These fire-rated barriers are useless, however, if they have unprotected openings. Managers must make sure that penetrations in fire-rated walls, floors and ceilings are kept to a minimum.
It is important to maintain your fire protection systems and conduct the necessary testing and inspections required by NFPA regulations. In addition, training your staff to recognize and respond to the threat of a fire is also an important element of prevention.
When a wildfire threatens, follow news alerts and recommendations from the local fire department to stay up-to-date on the situation. If you cannot evacuate your property, clear a Defensible Space at least 5 feet away from your house, shed, garage and deck of combustible items like firewood, patio furniture, door mats, pet bedding and trash cans. You should also connect garden hoses to your outdoor water spigot and fill any pools, buckets, garbage cans or tubs with water so that they are less likely to fuel the fire.