Property Management firm manage all types of occupancies from multi-family residential properties to office buildings, warehouses, and retail facilities. All of these property types have one thing in common and that is the protection of their client’s businesses from fire.
As a building owner and manager, it is crucial to take responsibility for the things you can control. This includes fire alarm and sprinkler systems. It is vitally important not to overlook fire alarm and sprinkler systems just because you have never experienced a problem (or worse, a fire). Having a properly working fire alarm and sprinkler system is a critical component of any effective fire safety program.
A fire can break out at any time leaving a business, its occupants, and tenants vulnerable to disaster. By having working fire alarm and sprinkler systems, occupants are better able to evacuate in a timely manner and can help to avoid a massive catastrophe.
Understanding the operation of fire protection systems is important. Learn the difference between the various alarms and monitoring condition alerts on your fire alarm system. Know what to do in the event of an alarm condition or sprinkler system water flow. Familiarize yourself and staff with the location(s) of alarm system devices, sprinkler system shutoff valves, and other features. Understanding how your systems function before any emergency occurs may reduce damage and business interruption.
Property managers should be proactive in managing the inspection, testing, and maintenance of all fire systems and portable fire extinguishers. Regular inspection and testing are critical to ensure all systems are in proper working order. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards provide minimum inspection and testing requirements.
Engage a professional, licensed, and insured contractor to provide inspection and testing services. Insist on inspection reports that comply with NFPA reporting requirements and clearly outline any system deficiencies. Fireline offers electronically transmitted inspection reports that are provided to the customer promptly and are securely archived for future retrieval. We also offer systems training for responsible building personnel. Industry experience tells us that properly trained staff can greatly mitigate a fire incident.