Monthly Archives: September 2018
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Not many occurrences are more terrifying than fires. Fires can become very dangerous and all-consuming in a very short amount of time. Even from a distance a fire is an impressive and scary natural phenomenon. One of the few times this self-sustaining chemical reaction can be even more dangerous is when someone is in close proximity with the possibility of entrapment. A vehicle fire can easily become such a scenario if the occupants do not know how to handle the situation.
Recognition is the first step in reacting to a vehicle fire. Odors may be a good indicator of impeding danger. If the vehicle has a burning or uncommon smell coming from any area on the vehicle, a fire may be soon to follow. The vehicle may have an electrical-like odor, an odor like burning plastic, a gasoline or oil smell, or no odor at all. The second sign is smoke. Whatever the color, smoke is not normally a welcome sight coming from any part of the vehicle. And third, fire is hot. A noticeable increase in temperature may also be a bad sign.
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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.