It is Essential to Protect Your Building During COVID-19

With non-essential employees working from home, buildings have been left empty. Of course, the most important thing to do is to protect your employees and follow government guidelines, but don’t forget about the health of your building as well. When buildings are empty, they are at risk for fire and vandalism.

Recently, NFPA has recommended “All commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings should maintain fully operational fire and life safety systems as required by the applicable codes and standards. (NFPA 25, NFPA 72®, NFPA 101®) .” Whether your building is occupied or not, it is important to keep these systems maintained.

NFPA went on to say, ” Those responsible for these buildings should adhere to the expected schedules for inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) that are vital to their operation. If they are unable to do so, they should contact their local authority having jurisdiction.”

Since fire protection has been deemed essential, fire protection companies can continue to inspect, test and maintain your buildings. This way, when your business is ready to resume operations, you will be all set.

Besides NFPA, FM Global agrees about the importance of maintaining fire protection. They say, “It’s important to keep fire protection in place. Have maintenance staff check daily to ensure sprinkler valves are locked open. Remove debris and ignitable liquids, and closely monitor any welding or other ‘hot work’ taking place on the property. Alert the local fire department of the building’s change in use.”

Unsecured properties are more susceptible to incendiary fires than secured properties, so please continue to maintain your fire protection systems. This way, your building will remain safe and be ready when your business resumes normal operations.

If you need help maintaining your fire protection needs, please contact Protegis Fire & Safety.

NFPA Article Referenced

FM Global Article Referenced

The Scoop on Fire Inspections

As we discussed earlier in the week, we are going to continue educating you about important fire topics as we all face the changes currently happening in our world. Today’s topic is fire inspections.

Every year, fire safety pros conduct thousands upon thousands of safety inspections of homes, businesses, and facilities all over the country. The reason we do these inspections is to catch any potential fire hazards before they become catastrophes. Those catastrophes could be anything from the loss of property to the actual loss of life.

We know that every business and homeowner does what they can to make sure their facilities are up to code, but there’s always a learning curve for these kinds of things and always something to learn.

For those of you who are new to the process, here are some of the basics of fire inspections and what you can expect when it’s time for you to get one done. Let’s jump right in!


In order to get ready for your inspection, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a checklist of all the things you need to have inline so you can rest assured that at least the basics are covered. It’ll help you stay on track of the maintenance you’ve already conducted as well as some of the things that you still need to do.

Also, annual fire inspections are random, sometimes unscheduled events. That means it’s important to be prepared at all times to make sure your building is safe.

Why inspections are good

Fire inspections are important because of what they do – but in many ways, they’re more important in terms of what they say: that you’re a responsible person who provides a safe working environment for employees, residents, and customers who will go to and from your building.

It’s also important to your security. Even if you’re the owner, the statistics on fires in small businesses is sobering. In fact, 80% of small businesses that experience even a small fire will never reopen. In addition, a building that is well maintained has better resale value and can help you save on insurance premiums.

The actual inspection

Inspectors will check a variety of things in your building to ensure they are working as they should. Access points to the building should be free and clear of any obstructions. Means of egress should be accessible and easy to see as well as in good, working order. Electrical components should be properly labeled and installed. Exit signs should be lit, you should have backup power in the event of a power outage and all your alarms need to be both maintained and easy to get to.

If you have any questions on this topic or any other fire protection topics, please feel free to contact Protegis Fire & Safety. Since we are an essential business, we can be here for you. We wish you and your families continued good health. Take care.