A lot of thought and planning goes into keeping offices safe. When it comes to essential areas, you should never overlook the benefits of fire equipment. Here are some types you should incorporate into your office and how you can find the right ones.
Every fire requires three components to keep going: heat, oxygen, and fuel. The aim of a fire extinguisher is to remove one of those elements so that you can shut the fire down until the emergency services arrive and tackle the source. Because of how different fires start and burn, the type of extinguisher you use for a chemical fire is different from that of an electrical fire. As such, you'll need to perform a thorough assessment to identify the type of extinguisher you need in each area. Make sure you regularly review the extinguisher's suitability and usability too. You should also designate relevant fire safety officers for the building you're working in.
Of course, you may not always be around to use a fire extinguisher. And in many cases, you'll need an alarm to notify you of the fire's location. This is why having the right fire alarms is essential. Not all fire alarms work the same, though. While some are incredibly sensitive, others operate on reduced sensitivity in certain environments; such as those where there are a lot of fumes from everyday operations. You'll need a thorough assessment to identify which alarms you should use, where you should place them, and what you want them to do. Some link to other systems to deliver a rapid response to a fire breaking out.
Sprinkler systems respond to fire alarms by releasing water into the area where a fire is breaking out. They don't always do so automatically but will do so in response to fires of a certain severity or when someone manually sets off certain alarms. Having a sprinkler system isn't always necessary, though. In some cases, they may make fires worse. For example, electrical fires don't respond well to water, as water acts as a conductor. As such, you wouldn't want to install one in a room where there's a high level of electrical equipment. As with other elements of fire equipment, you'll need a full assessment before adding any systems to your office.
Depending on the type of building you work in, you may benefit from other types of equipment too. By implementing specialist recommendations, you can keep your office safe to work in.