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School Fire Safety

School Fire Safety

Keeping schools safe from fire should be a priority at all levels of school. Regularly scheduled fire drills are a start, but more things can be done to prevent fires and improve existing protection.

Here are some things we think school systems everywhere should be thinking about in addition to escape plans and drills.

Back to Basics

A lot of safety measures available to schools simply involve common sense. That means making sure that staff and students have an overall awareness of fire safety and can integrate it into their day-to-day activities. For example – nothing flammable or combustible should be near a heating unit of any kind. Or perhaps it’s as simple as simply checking the chords connected to a teacher’s electrical device to make sure they’re not stretched or damaged.

Simply put – the best fire safety practices just involve groups of people being more conscious of what can cause fires and what simple things they can do to avoid them.

Doors and Hallways

It’s imperative that schools make sure their emergency exit doors and signage is as well maintained as possible. Keeping these in good, working order ensures that everyone knows where to go in the event of a fire, and that the fire can be contained more easily.

Also – a common mistake staff make on a consistent basis is leaving swinging doors and fire doors propped open to improve the flow of foot traffic in the hallways. This is actually a mistake. Those doors should be closed as much as possible because in the event there is a fire – it’ll be a lot more difficult for the fire to spread. That means safer kids and significantly less damage.

Secondary schools

Once you get into middle and high school, you’re introduced to things like chemistry rooms, bunsen burners, and the like. Some include non-traditional classroom settings, workshops, woodshops, kitchens, and other skill-developing spaces. This represents a whole new level of awareness for the people using the space and more safety guidelines to follow – and every school should make sure their staff are thoroughly trained in the dos and don’ts of each.

For example, it’s important for Home Economics teachers to know what to do in the case of a grease fire. Workshops should be kept free of potentially flammable debris. Labs should have any toxic or potentially flammable liquids stored and disposed of properly. And in all of those settings, there should be proper ventilation.

Whether it’s smoke detectors, extinguishers, exists or sprinkler systems – it’s important for schools to make sure their facilities are up to code and ready in the case of a fire.

For more information on this or any other fire protection topic, please call Protegis Fire & Safety.

 

 

Five Fire Safety Myths

 

Fire safety is an important part of the operation of any building – whether it’s commercial or residential. There’s a lot to do to make sure you’re ready in the event of a fire, but there’s also a lot of noise out there regarding what people know and take as fact. Today, we’re going to discuss some of those myths and why you shouldn’t take them to heart.

New Buildings Are Safer

They’re not. Let’s face it – age is just a number. Any fire can be life-threatening, no matter how old or new your building may be. What’s important here isn’t the age – it’s the type of fire protection system you have that’ll make the difference. Is yours outdated and aging? Is it adequate for the makeup of the building or the type of business that resides within it? It’s smart to consult with a fire safety professional to understand what systems are best for your building.

Smoke Detectors Are Enough

No way. Not even close. Smoke detectors save lives. There’s no questioning that. But they won’t help extinguish flames or tell you where a fire is located. Sometimes, smoke detectors can even fail, and when they do – lives could be at stake. Smoke detectors are a must-have for any building – but they’re not enough on their own to protect you.

People Panic In Fires

The thinking here isn’t all that outrageous. Many people don’t handle stress well. But in the event of a fire, research has actually proven to be the opposite. Having a plan and going over it with your employees and residents is the most important thing. If they’re prepared, their chances of getting to safety unharmed increase almost eightfold. By having regular drills and practicing evacuation procedures, the people in your building will be prepared, and you can count on them to most likely act with a level head and get out safely.

Small Fires Can Be Put Out Just By You

While people think a fire extinguisher might solve their problem – the fact is, and the research suggests that the most damaging fires often start small. No matter how big or small a fire is, follow the safety protocols that you’ve set in place.

Sprinkler Systems Freeze When It Gets Cold

They don’t. There are many new ways to install and maintain sprinkler systems today, that weather and temperature play almost no role in their failures. Trust the people installing them that even if it’s frigid outside, your system will work. Now, malfunctions may occur elsewhere and for different reasons. That’s why maintenance on an ongoing basis is a must-have. But the temperature won’t cause your system to malfunction.

Now that you know the facts, it’s time to make sure your building is fully prepared for any emergency that might arise. Give us a call, and we’ll help you map out a plan or system that works best for your building.

 

 

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Why Keeping Fire Safety Reports Is So Important

Too many times, we’ve seen business owners get important fire safety documents like invoices and safety reports and simply throw them in a big stack. And trust us, on a certain level, we get it. Business owners have to manage and keep up with a lot – and there’s only so much you can get done in a day, particularly when it comes to seemingly mundane details like keeping your inspection documents organized.

That being said, these documents can be critical to the health of your company, particularly when it comes to a critical incident like a lawsuit or dealing with insurance coverage. Keeping track of these documents is important and can make a difference when it matters most. 

Here are some reasons it’s important to keep track of all of your fire safety documents.

Documentation

Fire safety documents help keep track of what you have, how it’s been serviced, and what condition it’s in. It’s easy to forget what you’ve got and where. In the event of a fire, you’ll have definitive documentation of what kinds of fire safety measures you have on hand and exactly what their condition was before the event. Especially if you find yourself in a legal fight, knowing that you took the appropriate steps beforehand and having a paper trail to verify it – can make a significant difference..

Inspection Reports

Inspections are a must-have record to keep for any business. Especially in the event of a fire, you’ll need these reports when it comes to making insurance claims and for compliance. Even if you’re applying for a policy, insurance companies will want to see these documents. Having them stored in an easy-to-access place (preferably digital) – is a must. Especially if you’re in an industrial setting, everything about your facility MUST be up to code, or you can’t operate. So in our view, these reports are just as important as deeds, titles, and the like.

Invoices

Keeping track of invoices isn’t just important for financial records but also proving that you’ve had important maintenance work done. If a fire ever broke out, you’d need these invoices proving you’ve done what you needed to do to keep both your building and the people in it safe. Oftentimes, it can be the difference between paying fines and legal issues – and proving your innocence.

Keeping documents in the cloud

We recommend keeping your fire safety documents stored in the cloud. That way, you can get to them wherever and whenever you need them. Not only that, but these documents will be safer from being stolen or lost. 

These are just some of the reasons you should have your fire safety documents organized and in order. They can provide a range of services for you to take advantage of when the time is right. If you need help figuring out how to store your documents, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help.

Warehouse Fire Safety

Warehouse distribution safety managers have a lot on their plates. In many cases, they’re responsible for juggling multiple sites at once and it becomes easy for certain things to get put on the back burner – especially with regards to things like a facility’s fire protection needs. If you’re someone who’s having a hard time finding ways to make fire safety a priority, or simply just seeking the correct place to start, then today’s blog is for you!

Here are some common warehouse fire risks to be aware of and some things that you and your team can do to help mitigate the risk. Let’s jump right in!

Common Causes of Warehouse Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) releases a study every five years that documents the last few years in fire hazards. One of the pieces they release is about structure fires in warehouse properties. 

In the past five years, fire departments responded to an average of 1,210 warehouse fires per year – to the tune of about $155 million in direct property damage as well as 19 civilians injured and three deaths. 220 of those were intentional fires and those fires were also the most destructive. The next few, in order – included:

  • Electrical (18%)
  • Trash and or waste (170 fire per year)
  • Heating/heated equipment (90 fires for $5 million in damage)
  • Combustible/flammable liquids and materials (6% of fires) 
  • Cigarette-related fires (60 fires for $17 million in damage per year)

Whenever you are putting together a fire safety plan for your distribution center – keep in mind that these are your biggest areas of risk. 

What Can I Do To Prevent These Fires?

Most warehouses are large spaces with extremely high ceilings, lots of square footage, and racks upon racks packed sky-high in both open and closed containers. Managing this space can be challenging, but there are some things you can do, including:

  • Making sure you have the correct fire safety equipment for your space and the contents of your space
  • Making sure you have a regularly maintained and inspected fire sprinkler system
  • Making sure life safety systems are up to date and fully functioning
  • Training employees on fire safety and how to prevent common warehouse dangers. 

Who Can Help You?

The list we just provided you with is a good place to start, but sometimes trying to determine priorities can be difficult. That’s where companies like ours come into play. We can not only help you address a lot of these issues, but we can work with your staff with regards to training, ensuring that you’re compliant with local regulatory codes and that your fire safety systems are in good, working order. 

To learn more about how we can make your warehouse or distribution center a safer place, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Good luck!