The Best Practices of Fire Alarm Evacuations

Having an organized evacuation plan can make the difference between life and death during a fire emergency.

With automatic fire detection systems, your commercial facility can enhance its ability to provide building occupants reliable life safety.

Fire alarms in particular are exceptional life safety / fire safety devices when used with other fire protection systems.

Early warning from Fire Alarms can lower the risk of loss property, reduce the number of physical injuries during evacuation, and most importantly reduce the likelihood of loss of life from any type of workplace fire.

Fire Alarms offer these benefits because the fire safety devices are designed to detect whether a fire is developing somewhere within the commercial building.

The sooner building occupants are alerted, the better chance life and property will be saved because early warning provides the time to get a fire under control while help building occupants to safely evacuate.

Automatic fire alarm systems can help control fires and get people to safety fast because fire alarms feature electrical sensors that promptly detect smoke, flames and heat.

Fire alarm systems should comply with the Fire Detection systems standard 29 CFR 1910.164.

Fireline Corporation offers clients smoke detectors, heat detectors, and flame detectors.

The smoke detectors can identify whether a fire is occurring by finding visible and invisible smoke particles. You can purchase photoelectric detectors, ionization detectors or multipurpose detectors to meet your commercial fire safety requirements.

Heat detectors are ideal for environments where dense smoke is present.  In these type of environments heat detectors are most appropriate for fire safety. The heat detectors are the best choice in this circumstance because the devices are sensitive enough to detect broad temperatures changes and fixed temperatures with its temperature sensitive resistors.

As for flame detectors, these early warning devices search for infrared, visible and ultra violet lights to identify whether flames from a fire are present. When flames are detected, the flame detector alarm is activated.

Fireline Corporation can design and install all these fire alarm systems for your commercial facility.

Where should you have fire alarms installed within your commercial building?

Here is a guide:

  • Have a fire alarm system on every level of your building. For the best fire protection, we recommend that fire alarms be installed in storage areas and hallways as well.

  • For office fire alarms, have the devices installed in the center of the ceiling for each room.

  • Elevators should have fire alarms installed.

  • Don’t forget to have fire alarms installed at the top of all flights of stairs.

Once Fireline installs these fire alarm systems, follow these fire alarm evacuation tips:

  • Be clear to your employees that no fire alarm should be ignored, including practice drills.

  • Have a safe and close evacuation plan set in place. Safe and close means stairways and doors of exits. Employees should never use elevators to escape a burning building.

  • Always move away from the burning building once you have reached safety. It is recommended that you be at least across the street from a burning building after evacuation. This will help fire fighters access the building and help keep track of people evacuating the building. It’s also important to get away from the commercial building because you want to avoid hazard zones.

Call the Fireline Corporation today at 800-553-3405 or click here for all your fire alarm system needs. Ask us about our fire alarm systems and Fire Extinguisher Service.

Fireline a Maryland corporation founded in 1947 by John S. Waters. Fireline remains a pioneer in the fledgling fire equipment distribution business and we have grown to encompass all facets of fire protection. We can design, install, inspect, or service any type of fire protection system. From fire alarm to fire extinguishers, we do it all.


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Source:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/fire_detection.html

http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/firesafety/fire-alarm-evacuation-tips/

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