Top Fire Safety Features for Fire Prevention

Russell Thomas, Enterprise Security Mag | Monday, August 30, 2021

Building fire prevention systems include the fire alarms themselves, all components that make them work, and those that feed into the alarms and are connected to them (fire sprinklers, smoke detectors, evacuation systems, heat detectors, and so on).

FREMONT, CA: Commercial fire safety elements in buildings, such as fire sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers, are generally assumed to be solely physical; however, fire safety measures only work when there is a fire. While these are vital for fire prevention in buildings, there are also non-physical fire prevention and safety measures.

The necessity of building fire safety must not be underestimated. Suppose one is unsure what the most critical fire safety features are in the multi-site retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, big-box stores, or distribution centers. In that case, the top fire safety features for fire  prevention are outlined below:

Building Access and Emergency Evacuation Routes

One of the most critical fire safety measures for fire prevention and management is open spaces in buildings. Doors, windows, and all access into and out of your buildings must be kept clear at all times, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), so occupants can use emergency evacuation routes and the fire department can get in. Ensure that fire doors, overhead doors, other outside doors, corridors, pathways, stairways, windows, and outdoor spaces such as fire hydrant paths are unobstructed. Shopping carts, trash receptacles, deliveries, cars, and landscaping cannot obstruct these zones. One can cover the essential fire safety aspects in a structure by practicing this every day.

Exit Signs and Fire Alarms for Fire Safety

People locating exits is just as vital as having unblocked exits for fire safety in the buildings. Even in the event of a power outage, NFPA 101 demands that exit signage and illumination remain bright and visible. Exit signs and lighting backup batteries must be well charged and reliable, emergency lighting units must function, and exit signs and lighting backup batteries must be bright and clear of blockage.

Fire alarm systems and evacuating the premises during a fire or other emergency go hand in hand. Building fire prevention systems include the fire alarms themselves, all components that make them work, and those that feed into the alarms and are connected to them (fire sprinklers, smoke detectors, evacuation systems, heat detectors, and so on). They detect and alert people to various life-threatening and property-damaging threats other than fire, including carbon monoxide poisoning and faulty pipes, as well as severe weather and active shooters (NFPA 3000); thus, they must work 100 percent of the time.

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