Fire safety is paramount as it makes the difference between people being able to exit a building safely and being in danger in case of a fire. For your next inspection, there are a number of factors that you should keep in mind to ensure that your commercial space is compliant with fire safety standards. Here are some common issues you can address to make the area safer.
Storage and Placement
A major and common fire safety issue is the improper storage and placement of many items on your property. In electrical or sprinkler rooms, any items stored near the electrical panels immediately poses a hazard. The same goes for the fire sprinkler heads themselves. Items too close will obstruct the water flow from reaching its intended target areas. Items should be located 18 inches or more from sprinkler heads. Furthermore, the improper storage of flammable liquids is also a fire safety issue as they are usually required to be stored in specially designed cabinets. When it comes to evacuation plans, all walkways, corridors, and hallways should be clear when these routes need to be used during evacuation plans.
Fire doors create barriers and protection for certain areas of a building. If these doors are ever propped or left open, then the barrier is rendered ineffective. This is a common fire safety issue that can be easily sorted by ensuring that this door remains closed when not being used to enter or exit a space. Use a sign or plaque that let’s employees and other people that fire doors are never to be left open.
As common as they are used at home, electrical extension cords should not be used as permanent wiring in commercial spaces because of the fire hazard that they create. If you find that additional wall outlets are needed for the space to be fully functional, then you must contact the proper department to move forward with that process. In temporary cases, ensure that the extension cord is not run under any rugs and is heavy duty with a ground plug.
Many commercial buildings have upholstered furniture standards to help ensure the fire safety of the building. Noncompliant furniture becomes a fire hazard as they are more combustible.
Ensure Fire Safety with Biles Fire Protection
Biles Fire Protection can help with all of your residential or commercial fire safety needs. We have the equipment and expertise to install wet sprinkler systems or dry sprinkler systems at affordable prices. We are well known for our top-notch customer service, quick response times, and reliable support and maintenance. To get a quote for your sprinkler system, fill out our online request form. For more information and to chat about how we can help meet your fire safety needs, visit us online or give us a call at (443) 701-8330. To get more fire safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.