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Five Fire Safety Myths

 

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 regarding 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 Is yours outdated and aging?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 eightfold. 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 suggests that the most damaging fires often start small. No matter how big or small a fire is, follow the safety protocols that you’ve set in place.

Sprinkler Systems Freeze When It Gets Cold

They don’t. There are many new ways to install and maintain sprinkler systems today, that weather and temperature play almost no role in their failures. Trust the people installing them that even if it’s frigid outside, 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.

 

 

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Why Keeping Fire Safety Reports Is So Important

Too many times, we’ve seen business owners get important fire safety documents like invoices and safety reports and simply throw them in a big stack. And trust us, on a certain level, we get it. Business owners have to manage and keep up with a lot – and there’s only so much you can get done in a day, particularly when it comes to seemingly mundane details like keeping your inspection documents organized.

That being said, these documents can be critical to the health of your company, particularly when it comes to a critical incident like a lawsuit or dealing with insurance coverage. Keeping track of these documents is important and can make a difference when it matters most. 

Here are some reasons it’s important to keep track of all of your fire safety documents.

Documentation

Fire safety documents help keep track of what you have, how it’s been serviced, and what condition it’s in. It’s easy to forget what you’ve got and where. In the event of a fire, you’ll have definitive documentation of what kinds of fire safety measures you have on hand and exactly what their condition was before the event. Especially if you find yourself in a legal fight, knowing that you took the appropriate steps beforehand and having a paper trail to verify it – can make a significant difference..

Inspection Reports

Inspections are a must-have record to keep for any business. Especially in the event of a fire, you’ll need these reports when it comes to making insurance claims and for compliance. Even if you’re applying for a policy, insurance companies will want to see these documents. Having them stored in an easy-to-access place (preferably digital) – is a must. Especially if you’re in an industrial setting, everything about your facility MUST be up to code, or you can’t operate. So in our view, these reports are just as important as deeds, titles, and the like.

Invoices

Keeping track of invoices isn’t just important for financial records but also proving that you’ve had important maintenance work done. If a fire ever broke out, you’d need these invoices proving you’ve done what you needed to do to keep both your building and the people in it safe. Oftentimes, it can be the difference between paying fines and legal issues – and proving your innocence.

Keeping documents in the cloud

We recommend keeping your fire safety documents stored in the cloud. That way, you can get to them wherever and whenever you need them. Not only that, but these documents will be safer from being stolen or lost. 

These are just some of the reasons you should have your fire safety documents organized and in order. They can provide a range of services for you to take advantage of when the time is right. If you need help figuring out how to store your documents, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help.

Warehouse Fire Safety

Warehouse distribution safety managers have a lot on their plates. In many cases, they’re responsible for juggling multiple sites at once and it becomes easy for certain things to get put on the back burner – especially with regards to things like a facility’s fire protection needs. If you’re someone who’s having a hard time finding ways to make fire safety a priority, or simply just seeking the correct place to start, then today’s blog is for you!

Here are some common warehouse fire risks to be aware of and some things that you and your team can do to help mitigate the risk. Let’s jump right in!

Common Causes of Warehouse Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) releases a study every five years that documents the last few years in fire hazards. One of the pieces they release is about structure fires in warehouse properties. 

In the past five years, fire departments responded to an average of 1,210 warehouse fires per year – to the tune of about $155 million in direct property damage as well as 19 civilians injured and three deaths. 220 of those were intentional fires and those fires were also the most destructive. The next few, in order – included:

  • Electrical (18%)
  • Trash and or waste (170 fire per year)
  • Heating/heated equipment (90 fires for $5 million in damage)
  • Combustible/flammable liquids and materials (6% of fires) 
  • Cigarette-related fires (60 fires for $17 million in damage per year)

Whenever you are putting together a fire safety plan for your distribution center – keep in mind that these are your biggest areas of risk. 

What Can I Do To Prevent These Fires?

Most warehouses are large spaces with extremely high ceilings, lots of square footage, and racks upon racks packed sky-high in both open and closed containers. Managing this space can be challenging, but there are some things you can do, including:

  • Making sure you have the correct fire safety equipment for your space and the contents of your space
  • Making sure you have a regularly maintained and inspected fire sprinkler system
  • Making sure life safety systems are up to date and fully functioning
  • Training employees on fire safety and how to prevent common warehouse dangers. 

Who Can Help You?

The list we just provided you with is a good place to start, but sometimes trying to determine priorities can be difficult. That’s where companies like ours come into play. We can not only help you address a lot of these issues, but we can work with your staff with regards to training, ensuring that you’re compliant with local regulatory codes and that your fire safety systems are in good, working order. 

To learn more about how we can make your warehouse or distribution center a safer place, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Good luck!

The Three Essential Components of a Workplace Fire Safety Training Program

Fires are a very real threat to almost any workplace. While it’s true that industrial and manufacturing settings are at a higher risk than a more traditional office setting – anyone can be the victim of a fire. 

Therefore, it is vital that you have an evacuation and safety plan in place. Even more importantly, your employees need to be trained so that they know how to react in the event that the worst happens. But what should that training entail and what are the important details that they need to know? That’s the question we’re going to answer today.

Here are some of the things that should be included when it comes to training your employees on fire safety. Let’s jump right in.

Recognizing Fire Hazards

Perhaps the most important aspect of any workplace fire safety training program is teaching employees how to recognize potential fire hazards. All fires need three things in order to happen:

  1. Heat (a source of ignition)
  2. Fuel (anything flammable)
  3. Oxygen (what keeps the fire going)

When all three of these things exist, fire’s can start and maintain themselves. Preventing fires starts by keeping these things away from each other and also recognizing when they aren’t. This helps to prevent fires from happening, period.

Any workplace fire safety training should first teach employees what fire-starting components are and how they can identify them. The better they know how to look out for these things the better off they’ll be at preventing fires. 

What To Do If There Is A Fire

You may have a fire safety plan but do your employees know exactly what they’re supposed to do? When that alarm goes off, do they know what to do and where to go? In any sound fire safety training program, employees should know:

1.) Their role in executing the plan

2.) How to leave/exit the building

3.) What to do as they evacuate;

4.) Where to regroup 

5.) What to do if they physically encounter heat, smoke, or fire

By covering these basics, you will ensure that your employees will be as prepared as possible in the event the worst occurs. 

How Equipment Works

The third foundational component of workplace fire safety training needs to be about equipment and how it works. How pull stations work and are activated; how to find and operate fire extinguishers; who to call and notify if something goes wrong; and also how sprinklers and other suppression systems work.

These programs should all be taught by professionals. They’ll be able to cover a variety of materials including differences among fire extinguishers, what chemicals are used for what, what – exactly – they should do, and the like.

If you have questions about how to implement fire safety training in your workplace, feel free to give us a call and we’re happy to walk you through the process. Until then, good luck!