If you own or lease a commercial building that is used by staff and/or visitors, then you will need to ensure that it is fitted with a comprehensive fire safety and response system. Further, you will need to ensure that the system is checked at regular intervals and in accordance with federal and local laws. A fundamental part of the system may be the sprinkler set-up, and this may require some additional attention. What do you need to check in order to stay safe and compliant?
There are many individual parts involved in an efficient fire safety and response system. Many of these parts will need to be interconnected so that if one is activated, the others will follow suit.
Starting at the Beginning
To begin with, you need to focus on detection. Certain components will sense the presence of smoke, while others will be activated by the presence of heat. Meanwhile, you will want to ensure that they are always operational and will work even if the main supply is cut off.
Next, you'll want to ensure that all manual extinguishers are present and correct and have been checked at regular intervals to ensure that they will work when called upon. Likewise, hoses and supply systems need to be free and clear, in good condition and ready to be rolled out at a moment's notice.
One of the most important pieces of the puzzle here is undoubtedly the sprinkler system. When working properly, this system can, after all, douse a considerable outbreak or, at the very least, keep the fire in check until the experts arrive. You'll want to pay particular attention to this system, therefore, as your primary line of defence.
Your local jurisdiction will tell you how often you need to have your system tested, based on the size and configurations of the building, its occupancy level and other factors.
You may need to have a closer look at not just the sprinkler heads but also at the control valves, the supplying pipes, the water pressure meters, pumps and diesel or electric motors. Ensure that the sprinklers are directly connected to your protection system and can be automatically activated when needed.
Usually, you need to test the detection, alarm and sprinkler system simultaneously, and this is a job that is best left to the experts. In many cases, your jurisdiction may require you to get your system tested by an independent third party anyway, so make sure that you always take the right approach and stay as safe as possible.
To learn more about inspecting fire equipment, contact a fire safety company today.