Not all commercial buildings need the same fire protection devices and systems. For example, an apartment building doesn’t need a special hazard suppression system designed for a computer server room. In this blog post, we will briefly explain how different fire protection systems work to improve emergency response times, save lives, and reduce fire damage. To learn how to make your commercial building code-compliant, we recommend contacting a reputable fire protection company near you.
Fire sprinklers are often your first response against a fire. When the air temperature increases to indicate a fire, the sprinkler head in that area will go off. Only fire sprinkler heads that have detected a change in temperature will go off, which minimizes water damage. Fire sprinkler systems are great for many different types of commercial buildings, from apartment complexes to corporate offices.
Smoke detectors are required for all commercial buildings because they greatly improve response times for occupants exiting the building. Fast response times from fire alarm systems also means that people are calling 911 sooner to alert the local fire department.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it quickly starves the body of oxygen and is hard to detect without a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for sending more than 20,000 Americans to emergency rooms each year, which is why we recommend carbon monoxide alarms for both commercial buildings and houses. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, which makes carbon monoxide detector installation all the more important.
Fire extinguishers are able to put out small fires during those first crucial moments. A good rule to remember is that fire extinguishers are only helpful for flames shorter than you. If the flames have grown taller than you, the fire extinguisher won’t be enough and you’ll need to escape the building. If you own a building where there is risk of fire, we recommend investing in fire safety training for employees. That way, your employees will know how to use a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire.
Kitchen Hood Suppression
Fires need heat, fuel, and oxygen to spread. Kitchen hood suppression works by discharging wet chemicals that deprive flames of oxygen and automatically turning off fuel sources to the cooking station. Kitchen hood suppression quickly puts out a fire so that only the one cooking station is affected.
If the power goes out during a fire, flood, or other emergency, it’s extremely important emergency lighting works as intended. Exit and emergency lighting should be inspected to make sure they illuminate properly. Smoke from a fire and darkness from a power outage can make it difficult for people to find emergency exits if they’re not illuminated.
The fire protection contractors at Fire Pros, Inc. are dedicated to helping property owners maintain safe code-compliant buildings in Grand Rapids and Indianapolis. If you are interested in learning more about our commercial fire protection services, give us a call at 1-800-968-2871.