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Fire protection and life safety are essential for safe residential and working environments. For most commercial facilities the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) stipulate codes that must be adhered to, in order to ensure the systems will function if and when required. With certified personnel testing, inspecting and maintaining all types of fire detection and suppression systems, Air Care can support your home or office.
Automated fire detection and suppression systems are the first line of defense.
Automatic fire detection systems, when combined with other elements of an emergency response and evacuation plan, can significantly reduce property damage, personal injuries, and loss of life from fire in the workplace. When a fire detection system is installed for the purpose of activating a fire suppression system, it must be designed to respond in time to control or extinguish the potential fire. When a fire detection system is installed as an employee evacuation alarm, it must be designed and installed to provide a warning for emergency action and safe escape of employees.
Smoke alarms are a key part of a fire escape plan.
Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Fire sprinklers save lives and property.
A fire supression system can reduce the building owner’s insurance premium. Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire. Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce fire damage and water usage significantly and the amount of water run-off and pollution. Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only the high temperature of a fire will activate the sprinkler. A fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain.
Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan.
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing. To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold with the nozzle pointing away from you, release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Know when to go, the primary element is safe escape.
Fire Drills are essential at home of in the office.
A fire drill is a method of practicing the evacuation of a building for a fire or other emergency. The emergency system (usually the fire alarm or smoke detector) sounds and the building is evacuated as though a real fire had occurred. The time it takes to evacuate is measured to ensure that it occurs within a reasonable length of time, and problems with the emergency system or evacuation procedures are identified to be remedied. Know your escape routes and meeting spots.