By law, commercial buildings have to follow essential fire codes that are in place to keep people safe during a fire. Unfortunately, fire safety laws are often broken, which can lead to fines for commercial property or business owners.
The common fire safety mistakes in commercial buildings are as follows:
One of commercial buildings’ most common fire safety violations is blocked exit doors. Doors must be clear so people can get out if there is a fire. Entries that are “temporarily” closed pose a severe safety risk to anyone who may need to leave. In a commercial building, the exit door should never be blocked even for a short time.
Emergency Exit Lights
All commercial buildings are required by law to have good emergency exit lighting. These illuminated signs must be bright and easy to see in an emergency, leading people in the building to the nearest exit to help them get out safely. Severe fire safety rules are broken if these signs can not be seen, or are not kept on.
In every commercial building, fire extinguishers must be placed according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. A severe fire safety violation is a missing, broken, or inoperable fire extinguisher. Fire extinguisher training is also essential for your employees.
This will ensure that employees can use fire extinguishers quickly and effectively to stop a small fire from becoming a tragedy. Even if fire extinguishers are set up and maintained correctly, they won’t be beneficial if no one knows where or how to use them.
Items Hanging From Sprinkler Heads
Hanging things from sprinkler heads or pipes is a common fire safety violation in commercial buildings. Even small, light things can affect the functioning of sprinkler heads because they could cause an accidental overflow of water or, even worse, stop them from working in the event of a fire.
System Inspections And Tests
Our professionals inspect all fire safety systems, from sprinklers to extinguishers. All fire safety systems must be inspected and tested regularly. The law requires this to make sure that the fire safety systems are working and are in good shape. Systems that don’t work are a safety hazard for everyone in the building and a significant fire safety violation.
Edison Fire Protection Company can install smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and automatic sprinkler systems for your business. For more information, call us today at 1-800-222-9338.