If you run a business in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, you’ve already got a million things on your mind—your building’s fire protection system might not be one of them! Things like your fire alarms, fire sprinkler system, and fire extinguishers are things you hope you never need—but in the event that you do need them, can you be sure yours will respond appropriately?
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Early spring is the perfect time of year for a fire pump test—with the risk of freezing temperatures behind us, there’s no potential for a flow test to turn into an icy hazard.
NFPA 25 stipulates a number of fire pump inspections and tests, including quarterly, semiannual, annual, and five-year checks. Insurance companies may have other or additional requirements. Facility or operations managers need to be very clear with their fire protection service provider about what their insurance provider requires in order to be comprehensively covered in case of a fire.
The following are some questions we are frequently asked about fire pumps:
If you run a restaurant or commercial food prep facility, you know how important it is to have a functioning, well maintained kitchen fire suppression system protecting your key work areas at all times. NFPA codes 96 and 17 lay out the requirements for kitchen fire suppression system maintenance. In between professional kitchen inspections, there are a couple of things you should pay special attention to:
In the last post, we talked about how your building’s security and fire protection should coexist to give you the maximum protection. This week, we’re going to look at something everyone moving into a new building should pay extra special attention to.
In the last post we discussed the disadvantages of fire alarms in a public building, and how they alone may not always be enough to encourage people to respond appropriately.
Last time, we talked about understanding the way people behave and using that to frame your fire protection plan. In Part Two of our series, we’re going to be looking at another aspect of people’s behavior that can affect your fire safety systems.
Every year, fires in commercial buildings in the US lead to 3,000 deaths, 17,000 injuries, and $10 billion in property damage. In addition to these direct costs, there is also the sad fact that many businesses affected by a serious fire close up shop for good within four years.