Fire protection is the study and practice of mitigating the effects of potentially destructive fires in buildings, vehicles or other structures. The goal is to reduce loss of life and damage to property.
Fires can be caused by many different factors, including natural disasters, accidents, negligence, and intentional acts of violence. However, some common causes are:
Flammable materials such as cooking oil and gas can cause severe damage to your home if they get into the wrong hands or ignite. You should never leave these substances unattended in your home and always keep them out of reach from children and pets.
Smoke and fumes from a fire can also cause health problems, especially for young children and those with respiratory ailments. A simple way to avoid smoke inhalation is to open windows as often as possible, especially during a wildfire.
Consider using a smoke detector in your home to monitor for fires and alert you when it’s safe to leave. These devices can be relatively inexpensive and are easy to install.
Keeping your doors closed when you’re not in them is another important safety measure to take. Leaving your door open when it’s hot or there’s smoke under it can be dangerous because it can spread the fire to other parts of your building.
A fire-rated wall is a barrier designed to prevent the horizontal passage of a fire and smoke for an hour or more. They can be used to separate rooms, contain areas of a building or prevent flammable material from moving throughout the facility.
These barriers can also be used to protect electrical equipment or sensitive electronic data. If you have expensive computer hardware, sensitive medical equipment, or other specialized machinery in your space then it’s important to protect these items from a fire.
You may also need to make sure that you have a fire suppression system installed in your commercial building. A fire suppression system is a system that delivers a concentrated chemical into the walls, floors and ceilings of your building to prevent smoke and flammable materials from spreading in your building.
If you’re unsure about the type of fire suppression system that would be best for your building you can speak with a trained specialist from the local fire department.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation is a nonprofit that works with the National Fire Protection Association to help address fire and life safety issues in commercial properties. This organization conducts critical applied research in support of the NFPA’s mission to reduce death, injury and property loss from fires and other hazards through consensus codes, standards, research, training and education.
NFPA’s codes and standards have been used to set standards in fire protection, construction and design since 1896. The organization is internationally recognized and its members represent the fire service, manufacturers and contractors and other professionals who share a commitment to fire prevention.
A comprehensive fire safety program involves effective evacuation plans and compliance to a variety of NFPA codes. It also includes regular fire drills and fire prevention procedures for all occupants of the building.