Welcome to Fire Safe Life,
Fire Safe Life came about as a place for Fire Protection Professionals to come together and discuss fire prevention. We searched the Internet for a website that was open to everyone and after a thorough search we did not find it. We found many fire sprinkler sites that were run by big companies and governing bodies, but nothing for the rest of us.
Fire Safe Life wants all Fire Protection businesses and Fire Fighter’s to take part. Without your help this venture will not be possible. We would like readers to send in questions and have the pros answer them. This is a place to share and help each other.
Fire Safe Life is not here to change the world, but to spread the word on how important fire protection is to your community.
Fire Safe Life is open to all. If you have something to say, a question to ask, a story to tell, we would like to hear it. Let’s be helpful to the designer, the engineer and others that might need a little inspiration. We would like advice from our more experienced practitioners to make Fire Safe Life a pool of knowledge for all.
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This is a guest post by Mike Massa. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
Easy Ways to Prepare for Fire Code Inspections
If the fire marshal dropped by your building today, what would they say? Fire code inspections can happen at any time, so it’s crucial that you keep your building safe no matter what. But sometimes, “up to code” can be tricky – who really knows what all the fire code requirements are?
How to Prepare for Fire Code Inspections: Outside
The most important thing to do when preparing for fire code inspections is making sure your building is easily accessible to the fire department. To be ready for fire safety inspections, you should make sure that:
Your building’s street address is clearly visible on the front of your building and can be easily seen from the road.
- If you have a fire alarm monitoring system, you have a key vault that will give firefighters access your building if the alarm goes off during non business hours.
- Any fire hydrants you have on your property are easily visible and have at least three feet of clearance space on all sides.
- The fire lanes in front of your building kept clear of any and all obstructions, including cars, shipping materials, etc.
This is a guest post by Heather McPhearson. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
Fires are rarely sympathetic to any environment and can quickly destroy weeks, if not months of workmanship during a construction project. It is therefore crucially important that some often simple steps are taken to ensure your project takes the necessary precautions to prevent fire.
Keeping the construction area as clear as possible, particularly when left unattended, should be a key consideration on every foreman’s list. Reducing the amount of debris and combustible materials both within the build site and around its immediate boundaries can prevent a fire starting from a loose spark. Clearing the site of these materials should be carried out as often as practicable.
Many fires are started within the roof space of a build therefore it is important to prevent such an occurrence as much as possible. Do this by selecting materials that are fire resistant or do not combust such as Class A asphalt shingles, metal, cement or concrete products.
This is a guest post by Brian Ayling. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
We do certain things in order to protect ourselves. We will never know when danger will come. Sometimes, we obtain special trainings to ready ourselves further in the event that it will happen. Others just plainly read about them and apply it to their daily lives. It is good that people are taking chances to improve their knowledge in increasing their chances of surviving emergencies.
People face various emergencies daily. Everyday, people are being rushed into the hospitals to be treated for serious injuries. Some are rushed for revival from loss of consciousness. However, there are things that we can actually do, in order for us to avoid the worst conditions that a person could undergo. Sometimes, other people get the worse because of getting into an accident while finding a way to survive in the middle of the emergency.
An example of this kind of situation is in the event of fire. Some people panic when they hear that the building is on fire. Once they panic, they run around like crazy. In turn, what happens is that, they can trigger stampede or they fall off the stairs from running. Some people do not know where to go, instead of using the fire exits; they use the elevator thinking that they could reach the ground floor sooner. Only to find them trapped when the power is cut off.
This is a guest post by Mahdi Farazandeh. If you want to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
Restaurants owners planning to open a new restaurant in the space where another previously existed may be playing with fire if they don’t upgrade obsolete or poorly functioning fire suppression systems.
Recently, some fire protection companies which offer fire sprinkler system installation and service to restaurants and other businesses, geared up for what are anticipated to be a busy spring for the companies, as new restaurants open that will necessitate fire sprinkler system installations and improvements before they can operate. They believed that, opening a new restaurant where an old one existed can be a double-edged sword.
In many cases, it’s great if you have the opportunity because it’s already set up to be a restaurant, said a fire system installer. But depending on the age of the system, there could be elements of it that no longer meet current building and safety codes.
When a restaurant owner is considering a building in which to occupy his or her business, there are some things they can look for that may provide some insight into the age of the fire suppression system and how well the system may have been maintained by the previous owner.