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Identifying and Reducing the Risks of a Fire hazard
9th Apr, 2021

Fire safety involves many aspects ranging from detection, alarm, transport, and firefighting to construction management. Only if everything is carefully prepared for each other and your specific needs can you ensure that your employees, guests, and property are completely safe. 

Fire is an unexpected disaster that can strike at any time. One must therefore make sure that he or she is always ready to deal with such s. The main purpose of fire safety efforts is to protect individuals from injuries and to prevent the loss of life and property and reduce the amount of damage caused. It is important to be aware of the highly flammable and easily combustible items around you.  This knowledge can help you store such items properly and separate them from heat sources.

Factors posing risk during a fire emergency

Walls and Doors:

A common room system uses fire-retardant walls and adjoining fire doors. Fire-retardant walls are designed to prevent horizontal fire. The fire rate of a wall can vary from 20 minutes to 4 hours and can be calculated by the presence of fire on one side or both sides of the wall. The doors in these walls also have a fire rate, which is usually lower than the wall fire rate. The unpopularity is that the content of the building, which acts as fuel, is not available in front of the door. Therefore, the exposure of fire to the door may be lower than that of the wall.

Stairs and Roofs:

Another type of room is a floor-to-ceiling assembly with a fireplace, which creates a horizontal barrier to prevent the spread of fire from one floor to another. It may consist of concrete or a steel floor, a fire-roofing system, or a combination of both. Like fire-retardant walls, floor and fire-retardant roof should have as little intrusion as possible. When entering, it should be built at the same level as the floor or roof they pass through.

Lack of Security Equipment:

If your fire safety equipment is not working properly, has not been tested, or has not been properly maintained, it could put you and everyone in your office at risk. Fire safety equipment, including fire alarms, sprinklers, and fire suppression systems, need to be tested regularly to ensure that they are fully functional.

Lack of Safety Training:

Installing a separate fire safety plan will do very little if your employees do not know what to do in an emergency. Training your staff on how to use fire extinguishers and where to go in an emergency is essential for complete safety.

Correct Installation:

Your building not only needs fire safety equipment, but the fire safety equipment needs to be properly installed and specified as per the requirements of your property (while complying with all local codes and regulations).

Materials at Offices:

There are many ways in which people in your office will put themselves at risk, including misuse of extension cords, power lines, air sprays, etc. All of these devices need to be carefully monitored and used properly to prevent fire hazards and damage to personnel and the building.

Blocked Sprinkler Heads:

Your fire extinguishers are an integral part of your fire safety equipment, but if tall appliances block the spray head directly or objects prevent spray spraying, you may be putting your office at a higher risk.

Steps to take to reduce fire hazards -

1. Available Resources

Make sure all your fire protection equipment (ie fire extinguishers, control panels, etc.)  is easily accessible. And do not block fire sprinklers or fire alarms with anything, such as dust, debris, or paint. You do not want to interrupt your fire safety procedures.

2. Proper Disposal

Dispose of any hazardous waste in a metal container and cover it with a lid. Hazardous waste can include anything from oil to chemicals. Even flammable materials must be disposed of properly to prevent fires.

3. Regular maintenance

Regularly utilize repair services on all your fire protection equipment to ensure that everything is in line with the code. It is also wise to make sure that any equipment in your building is properly maintained to prevent overheating or sparks caused by friction.

4. Safe Storage

If you have chemicals, flammable substances, or other harmful substances in your building, you will want to make sure they are kept in a dry, safe, and well-ventilated place. It is also a good idea to keep fireproof material in the area where flammable materials can be located.

5. AMC

Acufire offers you an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) to keep a regular track of your fire systems through periodic audits and repair any parts that aren’t functioning as required. The AMC helps you comply with rules regarding fire safety and you may rest assured of their proper functioning.

Conclusion

Never block or lock a Fire Escape track that will catch you in case of an emergency. Defects or leakage in parts of the supply system such as pipes or valves; pump failure; breach of the1 supply chain; damage, corrosion or failure of pipes, joints or valves; cable alarm; short circuit; inadequate protection; mistreatment; and inadequate temporary repairs will result in the barriers to a smooth fire fighting system

When it comes to protecting buildings from fires there should be a strong focus on human safety and finding an alternative to complex and preventive construction measures. The simple integration of the firefighting system into the buildings is another important factor in the decision. When it comes to industrial applications, however, the main focus is on the protection of intangible assets. This applies not only to secure equipment, systems, and products themselves but also to the protection of long-term appliances.


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