Fire safety is an important part of the operation of any building – whether it’s commercial or residential. There’s a lot to do to make sure you’re ready in the event of a fire, but there’s also a lot of noise out there with regards to what people know and take as fact. Today, we’re going to discuss some of those myths and why you shouldn’t take them to heart.
New buildings are safer
They’re not. Let’s face it – age is just a number. Any fire can be life threatening no matter how old or new your building may be. What’s important here isn’t the age – it’s the type of fire protection system you have that’ll make the difference. Is yours outdated and aging? Is it adequate for the makeup of the building or the type of business that resides within it? It’s smart to consult with a fire safety professional to understand what systems are best for your building.
Smoke detectors are enough
No way. Not even close. Smoke detectors save lives. There’s no questioning that. But they won’t help extinguish flames or tell you where a fire is located. Sometimes, smoke detectors can even fail and when they do – lives could be at stake. Smoke detectors are a must have for any building – but they’re not enough on their own to protect you.
People panic in fires
The thinking here isn’t all that outrageous. Many people don’t handle stress well. But in the event of a fire, research has actually proven to be the opposite. Having a plan and going over it with your employees and residents is the most important thing. If they’re prepared, their chances of getting to safety unharmed increase almost eight fold. By having regular drills and practicing evacuation procedures, the people in your building will be prepared and you can count on them to most likely act with a level head and get out safely.
Small fires can be put out just by you
While people think a fire extinguisher might solve their problem – the fact is and the research suggest that the most damaging fires often start small. No matter how big or small a fire is, follow your safety protocols that you’ve set in place.
Sprinkler systems freeze when it gets cold
They don’t. There are so many new ways to install and maintain sprinkler systems today, that weather and temperature play almost no role in their failures. Trust the people who are installing them that even if it’s frigid outside, that your system will work. Now, malfunctions may occur elsewhere and for different reasons. That’s why maintenance on an ongoing basis is a must-have. But the temperature won’t cause your system to malfunction.
Now that you know the facts, it’s time to make sure your building is fully prepared for any emergency that might arise. Give us a call and we’ll help you map out a plan or system that works best for your building.