According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in 2011 nearly 1.4 million fires occurred resulting in over 3,000 deaths, 17,500 injuries and $11.7 billion in losses. It’s National Fire Prevention Week, making it a good time to review how to be prepared for a fire emergency in your facility.
1. Train your staff on fire safety procedures. Educate them on where to go in the event of a fire, how to report a fire, and how to use a fire extinguisher.
2. Test your alarm systems and have your fire extinguishers inspected regularly.
3. Eliminate fire hazards. Keep work spaces free of waste paper and other combustibles, replace damaged electrical cords, and do not overload circuits. Repair or replace equipment that delivers mild electrical shocks, gives off unusual heat or smells odd. Store flammable liquids in approved containers and locations.
4. Hire a certified fire door inspector annually to review your openings. This step ensures that the correct hardware application is used and that all hardware used on an opening works together. When a door functions properly, it allows building occupants to escape as quickly and easily as possible.
LaForce’s certified fire door inspectors are here to help. If you would like to schedule an inspection of your facility, please call us at 1-800-236-8858.