When it comes to fire protection, it might be tempting to install a fire alarm/detection system and call it a day. However, these systems are only the first line of defense against fire. Once alerted, your next steps are crucial.
Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
The most vital component of fire protection is a fire alarm and detection system. Whether it is a simple battery-operated smoke detector or a complex early-warning smoke detection system, these devices recognize the early signs of fire and alert occupants to the danger. This is your first line of defense when it comes to fire safety. Once notified of a fire by your system, it is important to determine the origin and see if it is small and can be contained, possibly by the use of a fire extinguisher. If it cannot, exit the building. Of course, call 911 first!
Fire Suppression Systems
In the event of a fire, fire suppression systems are the second line of defense. These should be automatic and connected to the fire alarm system, allowing them to operate immediately and notify the building occupants without human intervention. However, do not forget portable fire extinguishers. If an automated suppression system is not present, fire extinguishers can get extinguish a fire while it is still small.
Fire safety training comes in many different forms. An effective fire protection plan will include detailed instruction on systems operations, understanding alarm signals, and evacuation plans. For families, it’s important to determine exit routes and where safely meet outside of the home. If there are handicapped family members, it’s vitally important to identify who will assist them with evacuation. For hospitals, hotels, and other businesses, these plans will be more complex and tailored to the facility, its guests, and business function. Fire extinguisher training is vitally important for both businesses and homes. In case of a fire, a trained individual can quickly access and operate a fire extinguisher to prevent a small fire from spreading.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.