A fire in your workplace can be disastrous for your people, assets, bottom line, and reputation. Installing and maintaining a high-quality fire and safety system is vital for your business’ ongoing safety and success. These systems include any device or measure that prevents, detects, and deters fires and minimizes the potential damages of such an event: alarms, smoke detectors, fireproof coatings, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, air quality meters, emergency protocols, etc. Let’s discuss the many ways in which fire and safety systems protect your business and everyone in it.
Detect Invisible Fire and Safety Hazards Early
The best way to protect your business from a fire is to prevent a fire from occurring in the first place. Modern fire and safety systems include multiple features that mitigate the risk of a fire in the workplace. Indoor air quality meters connected to alarm systems, for instance, can cue you into invisible threats such as carbon monoxide and natural gas, two serious health and fire hazards that are otherwise difficult to notice. By remaining alert to these threats, you can take active measures to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) and remove potential fire hazards before they lead to disaster.
Prevent Asset Destruction and Structural Collapse
No matter how efficient your fire prevention systems may be, a fire can still start for a number of reasons -- faulty wires, chemical spills, natural disasters, and so on. If and when this happens, your fire and safety systems should be well-equipped to put out flames at the first sign of them or, if the former isn’t possible, minimize the amount of damage done to your business by the fire. Keeping up with regular building maintenance (e.g., cleaning, sealing flammable surfaces with proper coatings, repairing equipment, etc.) and maintaining a functional, properly calibrated sprinkler system will help in these efforts to mitigate fire and smoke damage.
Provide a Clear Egress Route for All Personnel and Customers
Your fire and safety system should also include a well-organized exit plan and path for all employees and customers to reduce the amount of time it takes for everyone to safely get out of the building in the event of a fire, gas leak, or other threat. Having your facility management team run fire drills once or twice a year will better prepare your people to handle this type of situation and lead others to safety. Additionally, your maintenance staff must ensure that all exits are easily accessible and unobstructed at all times. Taking the time to optimize your fire escape strategy will help guarantee the safety of everyone inside your building and keep your reputation intact as well.
Remain Compliant with Relevant Regulations
In addition to protecting your people, building’s structure, and assets, it’s important to protect your business from costly fines and legal penalties associated with violating relevant building codes. Failing a fire inspection can result in expensive citations and other hurdles that harm your bottom line and reputation. It’s important to not only know the ins and outs of these codes but ensure that your fire safety measures constantly meet, if not surpass, the bare minimum requirements. Investing in an up-to-date fire and safety system and keeping up with proper fire and safety system maintenance will help ensure that you pass every inspection with flying colors, all while keeping your people and property safe from harm.
Ideally, your business will never experience a serious fire. But because there’s no way of knowing for sure that such an event won’t befall your business, the best thing to do is make sure your fire and safety systems are in proper working order -- this is one of the most important duties of your building maintenance services. If you lack an experienced or dedicated maintenance service for fire safety, look no further than The Budd Group. Our knowledgeable maintenance specialists are well-versed in all types of fire safety systems and protocols so we can help our clients remain safe, secure, and compliant. To learn more about our services and values, give us a call today at 800-221-8158!