Fire equipment is any item experts or novice users use to extinguish or protect themselves from fire and smoke. Such equipment can be mobile or fixed in specific spots for protective or extinguishing purposes. However, commercial buildings have specific fire safety requirements. This piece discusses the needed fire equipment for a commercial building.
Fire alarms are essential for alerting the building's occupants whenever a fire starts. The alarm allows everyone to move safely to the designated fire assembly point. Most jurisdictions require commercial buildings to have fire alarms. You must install and ensure these fire equipment are in excellent shape since they constitute your protective measures.
Some alarm systems are easy for end users to install and monitor. However, commercial buildings may have sophisticated alarms. Having an expert is essential in determining the type of fire alarm and the method used by the central station to monitor it. These decisions can significantly reduce the chances of losses from a fire and improve your response time.
As a commercial building owner or manager, train your staff how to respond to fire alarms. For instance, you could conduct regular drills to prevent panic once the alarm goes off. Moreover, consider monitored alarms to ensure timely response once a fire breaks out.
Automatic fire suppression
An automated suppression system is ideal for a commercial building. Commercial buildings are large; therefore, it takes more time and workforce to suppress the fire. Automated systems run on computerised machines, smoke detectors and fixed piping. Such a system is diligent and quicker than a staffed system. This system also helps control the fire before firefighters arrive.
For example, you can install an automated fire suppression system in your warehouse. When a fire breaks out, the system sucks out all the oxygen and prevents the fire from spreading. The automated system also matches the user's needs. For example, fighting fires such as water or carbon dioxide does not ruin anything you have in storage.
One of the common causes of fires in commercial buildings is electricity. People often turn off the power when a fire starts to prevent further damage. This reaction is justifiable but also presents a few issues. For example, how do the occupants leave safely in the dark? How will the firefighters find their way in and out of the enormous building?
Emergency lighting relies on batteries and reflective surfaces that glow in the dark. This system requires constant maintenance to ensure that batteries, wires and lights are in excellent condition. Emergency lighting may also help you during other types of emergencies besides fire.
Some essential fire equipment for a commercial building include alarms, automatic fire suppression and emergency lighting.