Do you know the components of an effective fire protection plan for your commercial building? If you happen to be a building owner, business owner, or facility manager you should know. The answer to this question might be more complicated than you think. Read on to learn more!
What Are the Primary Components of a Commercial Fire Protection Plan?
The primary components of a commercial building fire protection plan involved:
- Fire sprinkler system(s)
- Fire suppression systems, including kitchen hood suppression systems or special hazards suppression systems
- Automatic fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, and fire alarm monitoring
- Emergency lighting
- Emergency action plan
All these components work together to protect your business from fire. The types of sprinkler suppression or fire alarm system will vary by industry type, building size, occupancy hazard class, and more. Work with your local fire protection company to assess needs and ensure you’ve got everything covered.
How are Fire Protection Requirements Determined for Your Building?
There are state and local requirements for commercial building fire protection systems. These fire codes are all going to be guiding principles. If you’ve got a fire protection company you’re already working with, they should be able to help you navigate the fire codes. Typically, they work closely with fire marshals and other code officials. Do not try to do this on your own. There are model building codes that determine where you must install fire protection systems. NFPA, which is otherwise known here in the United States as the National Fire Protection Association, is the national organization that produces fire codes that require how you must install and maintain systems required by model codes. There are over 300 different codes and standards. These standards dictate fire protection requirements for commercial buildings, from offices to restaurants and everything in between. These codes are adopted state by state and there are different editions that have been codified. You must know what edition the law in your jurisdiction is. Don’t forget about your local fire marshal, too, as they may have their own local fire code requirements.
Scheduling Inspections of Your Fire Protection Systems
Your fire protection systems may have different inspection frequencies. It can be overwhelming for business and building owners to understand these frequencies. Work with a licensed and professional fire protection company that can manage these inspection frequencies for you. Call Fireline if you’re in need of assistance.
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 located 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.