Fire Alarm Systems and Extinguishers

In any home or office situation, it is always wise to be proactive when it comes to fire safety and prevention. Every building is designed and constructed using the local building codes to help prevent fire as much as possible. But it still takes action on the part of the building owners and occupants to make sure that the possibility of damage and injury due to fire is drastically reduced.

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Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

Fire alarm systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A fire alarm can be as remedial as a series of smoke detectors placed at strategic points in the building, or it can be as elaborate as a full monitoring system that detects heat as well as smoke and then alerts local fire officials in the event of a fire.

Commercial property owners will want to check with the building codes in their local area to make sure that they have a fire alarm system that meets the requirements. There are several reasons, both practical and responsible, as to why a commercial property owner wants to keep his building fire alarm up to code.

- Saves Lives

Staff members who work in a building that has a reliable fire alarm system are going to feel safer because a fire early warning system saves lives. The building occupants do not see the alarm system as a mandatory part of the fire code, they see it as a way to remain safer during the work day.

- Prevents Fines

A commercial building that does not have a sufficient fire alarm system will find itself the subject of fines from the local municipality. All it takes is for one person to report your building to the local building inspector to initiate a random inspection of your facility. Not only can an insufficient fire protection system bring about fines, it can also be a problem if your building ever does catch fire and there are lawsuits brought about due to property damage and injuries.

Residential Fire Alarm Systems

Most residential home insurance companies will offer a discount on a homeowner's policy if a fire alarm system is installed. Smoke alarms are more the sufficient for smaller apartments and homes, but a full alarm system would be more appropriate for larger dwellings.

There is a difference between smoke alarms and heat alarms that homeowners need to be aware of. A smoke alarm will only sound if there is smoke detected in the air. A heat alarm will sound when there is an abnormal and rapid rise in temperature in a room. In many cases, the heat alarm may be a better choice because it can often be too late to escape a burning home by the time the smoke is detected.

The larger residential alarm systems can also come with a monitoring system that allows you to get messages on your smartphone if your alarm goes off and you are away from home, and the monitoring system can also call fire authorities as soon as a fire is detected. This extra level of protection can be extremely convenient for homes where the bedrooms are on separate floors and far apart.

Fire Extinguishers

In most cases, commercial buildings are required to have fire extinguishers by state law. These fire extinguishers also need to be inspected regularly by a certified inspection organization and kept in plain sight for everyone to see.

It is a good idea to train each person in the building on how to use a fire extinguisher, just in case a fire occurs with an employee nearby. Some office buildings only allow certain personnel to access the fire extinguishers and that may not be the safest approach. When you put the ability to keep a building safe within everyone's reach, then that helps the entire staff to feel more secure.

In residential situations, fire extinguishers are not normally required, but it is always a good idea to have one. There are several different kinds of materials that can catch on fire in a home and water is rarely the best substance to use to douse those fires. A good fire extinguisher that is kept in an accessible part of the home, but away from children, can enhance family safety.

Fire alarm systems and fire extinguishers are important tools in keeping people safe at home and at work. Investing in a good fire alarm system can save homeowners money and it gives commercial property owners the ability to stay within local fire codes while also giving staff members peace of mind. The same can be said for inspected fire extinguishers placed at strategic points in residential and commercial buildings. It is all about keeping people safe and preventing property damage and injury due to fires.

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