In both commercial and residential sectors, safety should always come first. Buildings should always come up to code and the appropriate safety measures should be taken with each and every one. Top on the list of safety measures should be fire safety. Not only does the building in question need to have such things as commercial fire alarm services, regular fire alarms, and fire extinguishers — and even fire sprinkler systems or fire suppression systems if necessary — but the people inside the building should be trained on how to respond to a fire as well and know how to use the equipment around them.
What Type of Buildings Should Be Most On Guard?
Buildings that are high-rise, such as hotels, apartment buildings, hospitals, and offices especially need a good emergency plan, since there tend to be more people situated in those buildings and they have farther down to go to reach safety. Hotel and motel fires are responsible for around 15 deaths and over 100 injuries annually, as well as over $75 million in lost property. Scarily enough, only 35% of almost 120 buildings that were surveyed said that they had a plan in case of fire. So even though they had the tools, like commercial fire alarm services and fire sprinkler systems, they didn’t have an emergency evacuation plan. Having a plan is crucial to staying calm during an emergency and making sure things are done carefully and responsibly. It can save lives.
What Sort of Protective Measures Are In Place and How Well Do They Work?
Fire sprinklers can be found in most large structures and turned on in over 90% of all structure fires that were big enough effectively activate them. They put out between 8-24 gallons water every minute (as compared to 80-125 put out by a fire hose), so if they catch the fire early, it can help put the flames out and reduce water damage to the surrounding area. Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association reports that there were no more than two casualties in a building that was completely covered in fire sprinklers that worked correctly.
Dry and wet chemical systems have been proven effective in almost 70% of cases and for fires that were big enough to activate the systems, they were 55% effective consistently. They operated in over 80% of reported structure fires that were big enough to actually activate the system. Surface burning and open flame is stopped when carbon dioxide levels get to 20% or below. If these numbers sound a bit scary to you, remember that there are other systems in place that are all being used at the same time, such as fire sprinklers, fire suppression systems, and early fire detection systems. Indeed, using sprinklers and early warning systems in conjunction with each other in every building could cut the loss of life, number of injuries, and amount of property destroyed in half!
In addition to these fire safety measures, it is also crucial that you maintain any commercial fire alarm services and equipment, as well as have a good evacuation plan in case of emergency.