Understanding Inspections and Maintenance for Your Building

By Becca Jones

Understanding Inspections and Maintenance for Your Building

Wowsers! You don’t have to worry about inspections anymore

Did you know that the fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation every 24 seconds? The numbers of fires and fire deaths have decreased since the 1970s, largely due to advancements in fire technology and quickened response time. With this being said, it’s important that your fire protection systems remain up to inspection and testing standards provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Here at VFS, we are the Inspector Gadget for your fire protection systems. We find what’s not working and we help fix it. Here are a few things you need to know as you look to ensure your fire protection systems remain up to date with their inspection and testing.

What items need to be inspected and maintained? How often?

Quarterly Inspection and Maintenance

There are a few fire protection systems that require quarterly regular inspections—mainly fire sprinkler systems. Fire sprinkler systems need to be inspected and maintained on a quarterly basis. This inspection and maintenance includes inspection of water flow devices, wolves, valve components, low air pressure alarms, and other components of your fire sprinklers.

Semi-Annual Inspection and Maintenance

Twice a year, your kitchen suppression systems need to be inspected (that is, if your facility has a kitchen). In addition, if your facility uses magnetic door locks, these must be inspected twice a year to ensure they remain operating correctly in the event the fire alarm is activated. 

Annual Inspection and Maintenance

Most of your fire protection systems need to be inspected and maintained annually. These inspections will be your most comprehensive and intensive inspection periods for fire alarms, fire suppression, and bi-directional amplification systems. 

In this annual inspection, over 20 components of your fire alarm systems will be tested and inspected. The major components include:

  • Control panel and component inspections
  • Fuse, LEDs, and power supply inspections
  • Component battery replacement
  • Pull station inspection
  • Voice/alarm communication system inspection

Your fire sprinkler systems will also be inspected during this time. These inspections also include 20 major components of your sprinkler systems. The major components include:

  • Main drain
  • Antifreeze solutions
  • Hose valves
  • Pump system
  • Drain test

Long-Term Inspection and Maintenance

There are a few components and systems that require long-term maintenance and inspection. Some of these components include fire alarm audibility testing, which should be performed every three years. In addition, fire extinguishers are scheduled for replacement every six years. Hood suppression systems in kitchens have multiple components that will need to be replaced every 12 years.

Fire Safety Inspection Requirements

Requirements for fire safety inspections vary state-by-state. Therefore, business owners and property managers need to be familiar with individual state fire codes, ordinances, and standards, and how to comply with these requirements. In general, some specific industries require more frequent fire safety inspections. These facilities include places of public assembly; including theaters, nightclubs, hotels, and hospitals. High-rises also need to adhere to strict fire code requirements, as these buildings have high occupancy and complex exit plans.

Are you prepared for your fire safety inspections?

Preparing for your fire inspections is essential—especially if you’re in the industries that are subject to unscheduled inspections. In order to prepare properly, you need to know how inspectors evaluate your building.

Let’s start with what inspectors are evaluating as a whole

As inspectors go through your building, they look for a few key things; including:

  • The ways fire could start within your specific building.
  • Safety systems in place, like smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems. They ensure these systems are regularly maintained and in good working order. You should expect to be asked to see documentation on the regular maintenance of these systems.
  • Systems assisting in fire egress are working effectively, like lighted exit signs and exit doors. 
  • Lastly, inspectors ensure emergency personnel have easy, immediate access to the building. 

As you look to prepare for your inspections, here are a few steps you can take to make sure they occur without any issues

Collect copies of previous inspection reports and proof of system service and inspections.

When you show up with all of your inspection reports and proof of inspections ready to go, you signal to the inspector that you take your fire protection seriously. Ensure your documentation illustrates the steps the company has taken to address previous violations. 

All paperwork must prove licensed professionals have serviced your fire alarms, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and fire pumps within the required timeframe are collected and kept to show your inspector.

All appointments need to be scheduled for outstanding safety systems maintenance.

Inspection, testing, and maintenance of your fire safety equipment is complex and should be outsourced to a licensed contractor and trained professionals. At VFS, our team is ready to assist you in your inspection and maintenance needs.

Make appointments for outstanding heat systems maintenance

Appliances that generate heat should be regularly maintained. These include boilers, furnaces, radiators, stoves, ovens, and other heat-producing manufacturing equipment. 

Protect special hazards

Special hazard protection is essential to keep up with for your safety. Some special hazards include gasoline pumps, computer server rooms, chemical storage areas, and other places with a high concentration of flammable or combustible materials. To ensure these hazards remain protected, you must ensure your maintenance and inspection schedules are up to date. 

Clear hallways and stairwells 

Proper means of fire egress are essential to the safety of your building. Businesses who fail their fire inspections typically do so because they have not provided adequate means of egress. Stairways, corridors, and hallways leading to the exit should remain clear of obstructions. Stairways and corridors should also include fire doors and latch release mechanisms.

Be mindful of hazardous material storage

Combustible and flammable materials should be stored at a certain distance from the ceiling in approved containers. Do not store them in the room where heat is produced, or near appliances that produce heat. 

Incompatible materials, like ammonia and bleach, should also be stored separately. Usually, they must be at least 20 feet away from each other or separated with a noncombustible partition that extends at least 18 inches above and beyond the incompatible substance.

Ensure easy and efficient entrance for the fire department

As you walk through your building, ensure all exits that emergency personnel utilize are free of obstructions. You should also ensure your address numbers are clearly marked and can be seen from the road. In order to provide safe and immediate access to your building, most businesses provide a fire department lockbox on the exterior of the building.

Label and maintain electrical system components

Electrical panels should have circuits properly labeled. These panels should have a clear space of 30 inches in front of them, so employees can reach them easily and be shut off in the event of an emergency. All electrical outlets and circuit panels should also have plate covers for safety. 

Ensure computers have power strips and extension cords are used properly

Extension cords should be kept in good condition. Ensure you and your employees do not use extension cords that are split or frayed. You should also verify all computers are plugged into a surge projector with built-in circuit breakers. Circuit breakers help reduce the risk of electrical fires. 

Test exit signs and exit lighting

Exit signs and emergency lighting must work properly on regular power and backup power. These signs and lights are essential to ensuring your employees escape the building safely in case of a fire. 

Ensure fire extinguishers are in easy-to-access areas

First and foremost, ensure you have enough fire extinguishers to cover the square footage of your building. Fire extinguishers should be clearly marked and easy to access by employees and guests in the building.

Ensure sprinkler heads have proper clearance

Sprinkler heads should have 18 inches of clearance. The space required for overhead sprinklers is designed to help sprinkler systems distribute water effectively in a fire. Any building that is not protected by sprinkler systems requires a minimum of 24 inches of clearance from ceiling to storage.

Make sure you have proper signage throughout your building

Signage including the best escape routes should be posted in all the main areas of the building. The front door should be unlocked at all times when occupants are in the building. Additionally, ensure you have proper signage by the door to inform all employees. Maximum occupancy signage should also be posted in rooms designated for assembly. Lastly, signage reminding people to use the stairs during an emergency should be posted near elevators.

Your partner in inspections and testing

At VFS, we partner with our clients to ensure their maintenance and inspections are scheduled and performed regularly. The expert team at VFS Fire & Security Services has the breadth of knowledge to provide all regular scheduled and code-mandated fire protection system inspections. We have a diverse team of experienced fire protection professionals, capable of inspecting and servicing even the most complex fire protection systems. 

Our advanced platforms and highly trained dispatch team allow us to manage inspections and testing from inception to execution. We tell you what’s due, when it’s due, and why it’s due, and we constantly communicate to your team to keep you up-to-date on the latest information within your facilities. Allow us to be your trusted Inspector Gadget, and take on all your inspection and maintenance needs.

How to Keep your Commercial Kitchen Safe Even During COVID

By Jackie Berens

How to Keep your Commercial Kitchen Safe Even During COVID

UberEats is still a thing… how to keep your commercial kitchen safe even during COVID 

Though COVID may have your indoor dining capabilities on hold, the risk of kitchen fires remains. With DoorDash, Postmates, UberEats, and other take-out and delivery services, your kitchen can still be up and running! With cooking equipment being the leading cause of fires, with 61% of incidents, it’s important your kitchen remains safe with the proper equipment in place.

While fire may be essential to your kitchen’s functionality, it’s important that you don’t let that fire let loose on your personnel. Here are a few ways you can protect your kitchen today:

Ensure your cooking equipment is maintained. 

The majority of restaurant fires are due to cooking equipment. Ensure your equipment is in proper working condition and is fitted with suppression systems. Suppression systems can be extremely beneficial, as they shut down gas and electrical when a fire occurs. 

The suppression system’s ability to shut down gas and electricity can be the difference between a flare-up and a devastating fire. It’s important as a business owner to have their fire suppression systems inspected by professionals. 

Provide training for your employees.

Be sure your kitchen staff is informed on the proper fire safety and protocols in place to protect their wellbeing. In a kitchen, there are various types of fires that can occur, be sure your employees know how to handle each fire with care. 

In kitchens, grease fires are common, meaning your employees need to know what to do and what not to do during a grease fire. The nature of grease fires causes a reaction with fire, therefore the flames spread higher and can cause more injury. The best way to handle a grease fire is to smother it, if it can be done safely. 

Another aspect of training that is essential is how to prevent fires before they occur. In order for the kitchen staff to perform their duties in a safe way, they must maintain good practices within the kitchen. 

Ensure you have a proper escape plan in place

Illustrating an escape plan that puts your people out of harm’s way should be a top priority. When a fire grows uncontrollably, your employees need to get out. It should be designed to avoid a crowd of people, and ensure no injury is caused to all those leaving the restaurant. 

Clean up grease

Cleaning your kitchen is an essential part of fire safety for your business. Grease is extremely flammable and extremely dangerous as we mentioned above. When fires get out of control, it looks for a source of combustible energy… aka grease. It literally acts as fuel to the fire. Make sure your team has a thorough and regular cleaning schedule that includes cleaning off all built-up grease from surfaces.

One important place your team needs to clean grease is the ventilation system. This system is one of the most volatile and can multiply the effect of the fire. The ventilation serves as a trap for grease, smoke, and particles that are extremely combustible. Per the NFPA fire code, the hood, fan, and ductwork should be inspected and cleaned regularly. 

Be sure your sprinkler system works effectively.

Your kitchen’s sprinkler system will kick in when a fire gets large enough to activate sprinkler systems. These systems are triggered by smoke from the fire, so it is essential they are working properly. 

While fire sprinkler systems are the last defense against an out of control kitchen fire, they can be extremely effective in saving your building. All employees should be out of the kitchen at the point the sprinklers can be the difference between a burned kitchen and a burned down restaurant. 

Have extinguishers… and then have backup extinguishers

Fast-acting crew members are sometimes needed to help douse the flames and extinguish the fire. Ensure your fire extinguishers are clearly marked and in an accessible area for your team members. These extinguishers need to be inspected regularly by both your building manager as well as an expert inspector. 

Be sure all flammable material is away from flames

As we stated above, fire needs fuel. Once it begins to grow, it will continue if given the proper fuel. Within a kitchen, a fire can get out of control by being close to flammable materials that shouldn’t be close to the flames.

Flammable materials that may cause harm are items like food, clothing, paper, or towels. If your kitchen remains organized, you should be in good shape to prevent potential fires. 

Lastly, watch electrical cords within the kitchen area

Electrical equipment causes a large amount of fires, both within the kitchen and outside the kitchen. Within the kitchen, there are a lot of electrical appliances. When simultaneously running appliances, your restaurant’s electrical system can be burdened, leading to a fire.

Over time, electrical cables can fray and melt. Poorly designed outlets can become damaged. These damages can cause the equipment to malfunction. Inform your employees to look out for obvious damage and report it to management right away. 

At VFS, we understand how important your fire safety systems are to the wellbeing of your employees and the survival of your building. Because of this, we implement the specific fire and security systems needed for your unique building. 

We also provide inspections, testing, and maintenance of fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems, All inspections are conducted by VFS trained personnel as outlined by the requirements of the NFPA and local codes. 

Following every inspection, our staff will submit a report listing any changes or corrections that need to be made in order to ensure continued compliance. Your success is our success. We want to make sure your people and buildings remain safe. Contact us today to learn more! 

Your 2021 Fire protection checklist

By Jackie Berens

Your 2021 Fire Protection Checklist

It’s a new year… you’ve already skipped the gym don’t skip on your fire protection. Here’s a checklist to help

We’re four days into the new year, if you haven’t already ditched your resolutions, you’re amazing. We’re not going to lie… we snuck a piece of chocolate cake after dinner last night. While a piece of chocolate cake, or a day off of the gym won’t seriously harm your wellbeing, there is one resolution you can’t forget about- fire protection for your building.

This year, it’s time to make fire protection a top priority. That being said, we’ve come up with a few items that should be on the top of your mind if you’re committed to fire safety. 

First, ensure your building has a clear path of egress/ exit. 

Identifying the ‘means of egress’ from your building is essential to keeping your employees safe from harm. Properly designed exits provide a safe path of escape from a fire or other emergency environments. The design of the exit should permit all occupants to reach a safe place before they are endangered by fire, smoke, or heat. The goal of an effective means of egress is to get everyone out of hazardous areas in the shortest amount of time possible.

A few components make up the means of egress, including exit access, exit, and exit discharge.

  • Exit access is the travel path or area between where a person is located and an exit.
  • Exit is the portion of the means of egress that is separated by construction or equipment from other areas of the building. Components of an exit include walls, floors, doors, etc. An exit may include vertical or horizontal means of travel, like stairways, ramps, and passageways. It is important to note that elevators are not accepted as exits!
  • Exit discharge is the portion of a means of egress between the end of the exit and a public way or other safe places.

As a building manager or owner, it is important that you self-inspect these means of egress. In doing this, you need to make sure each component is easily identifiable, visible, accessible, and unobstructed. The door must operate in the direction of the exit so people won’t be trapped inside. 

Next, check your electrical wiring and power cords.

NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) ensures all wiring and electrical installations comply with regulations. Building owners and managers do not need to be an expert in electrical code, however there are a few things you should be on the lookout for to be cautious!

The first thing you should do to ensure your electrical wiring is safe is to ensure all electrical boxes, switches, and outlets have their covers in place. Also, be sure to check that extension cords are in good condition and free of any cuts or splices. Extension cords should never be a substitute for permanent wiring, they are only permitted to be used with temporary equipment. 

Surge protectors must be connected directly to an outlet and, like extension cords, cannot be attached to the structure, extend through walls or the ceilings, be run under doors, or be covered by floor coverings.

The last item to check in the electrical wiring category is electrical panel boxes. Electrical panel boxes and main building disconnect must be identified and accessible for fire department personnel. All panels and breakers must be labeled and open spaces should have proper covers in place. 

Good housekeeping is essential– no we’re not talking about dusting and mopping. 

In the ‘fire safety’ sense, housekeeping refers to the general condition of the building and the items stored within it. Be sure you properly dispose of flammables, combustibles, trash, and debris, and ensure these items do not accumulate. Flammables and combustible liquids must be stored in approved containers and cabinets and should be clearly labeled to avoid accidental ignition. 

Electrical, boiler and HVAC rooms cannot be used for storage and must remain clear of items that are not essential to the operation of the equipment within them. 

Ensure fire sprinkler systems run effectively in between inspections

Fire sprinkler systems must meet NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-based Fire Protection Systems requirements. These standards require that different parts of the sprinkler systems receive inspections in quarterly, semi-annual, annual, and five-year intervals. 

The inspections are performed by the fire protection contractors and other qualified personnel. As a building owner or manager, you do not have to directly handle any of the actual inspections. However, as a building owner, there are a few things you can do to ensure these inspections run efficiently and effectively, starting with scheduling the inspection appointments when due!

Once you receive an inspection, you must maintain the report and other documentation, as well as ensure all problems found are repaired as soon as possible. 

A building owner or manager can utilize a simple visual inspection to ensure these systems run effectively between inspections. First, ensure that no items are stored within 18” of any sprinkler head. Next, ensure all sprinkler heads are free of paint and corrosion and nothing is attached to them. If you come across violations of these requirements during your visual inspections, the issues should be reported and remedied immediately. 

Fire alarm maintenance and inspections

Under NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code all fire alarm systems must be inspected, tested, and maintained at semi-annual, annual, and even quarterly intervals. Like sprinkler systems, these inspections are done by trained and certified inspection personnel. Fire alarm system experts are trained in the inspection, maintenance, and testing of a particular brand of fire alarm systems. 

As a building owner, your responsibility is to maintain all reports and correct any deficiencies noted. Building owners and managers can also make sure the fire alarm panel is accessible, the location is labeled, and all documentation is maintained and available. Manual pull stations should be visible and accessible. All alerts should be reported to the alarm company so that any issues can be addressed quickly. 

Lastly, look at your fire extinguisher. 

NFPA 10: Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers illustrates the requirements to select, place, test, and maintain fire extinguishers. A trained and certified expert must perform annual inspection and maintenance. Additionally, building owners are responsible for inspecting all extinguishers once a month.

The inspection requires that extinguishers are visible and accessible. They must also be free of rust, damage, and the gauge read in the “green” operation level. Additionally, all extinguishers must mount on the wall. The weight of the extinguisher determines the appropriate height of placement: 40 lbs or less may be installed at 5 feet above the floor. Any heavier should sit at a maximum height of 3 ½ feet. The base must be at least 4 inches above the floor. 

As you look to ensure your fire safety in your building for the new year, start by utilizing this checklist! Ensuring you remain prepared for the unexpected is the first step to ensuring the safety of your people and your building’s safety.

Top 7 Fire Hazards Around the Holidays

By Jackie Berens

Top 7 Fire Hazards Around the Holidays

When you light it up on NYE, make sure it’s not an actual fire hazard!

It’s almost the New Year, and you know what that means… it’s time to light it up! But be careful, as 2020 has shown us, you can never be too careful with your health and safety. In other words, don’t go out of 2020 with a literal bang.

Figuratively, yes light it up, go out with a bang, and forget about the past 365 days! But keep in mind a few fire safety precautions as you do it. We’re a fire prevention company, what else would we be talking about going into the New Year?

Your smoke detector may be annoying, but there’s a reason. 

We understand the ringing from a smoke detector is the last thing you need during the holidays. However, smoke detectors have a purpose and that is to keep you safe. Be sure your smoke detectors are up-to-date and have working batteries. 

Just like the airport, unattended baggage- in this case, pots and pans- should be subject to removal. 

The holiday season brings about quite a few family dinners and get-togethers that are centered around a meal. With aunts, uncles, or even just your immediate family, the kitchen can get a bit chaotic during the holiday season. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and distracted, and potentially forget about a pan on the stove or a simmering pot. 

The majority of kitchen fires begin with unattended pots and pans. While you’re cooking it’s important to remain present and aware of your surroundings. Another useful tip is to keep the clutter away as much as possible. 

Rockin’ around an open flame just isn’t as catchy…

The glow of your Christmas tree is beautiful, we agree, however, be sure you take precautions to ensure your safety. Be sure your tree remains hydrated and away from any heat source. According to the NFPA, 25% of the Christmas tree fires that occur do so because the tree was too close to a heat source, like a candle or space heater.  Christmas trees are one of the most common fire hazards during the holidays.

Yes, we know it is cold, yes, the ambiance of your fireplace is perfect, but please be careful. 

According to the NFPA, heating equipment is the second-greatest cause of home fires each year. We understand that heating your home is important, you need to stay warm and cozy during these cold months, however you also need to stay safe. The last thing you want is to be standing out in the freezing cold while the fire department hoses down your house!

When using a space heater, ensure it is at least 3 feet from items that might burn, including decor, upholstery, and your Christmas tree.

As far as your fireplace goes, be sure your damper is open, a protective screen is in play, and your gifts and other items remain far away. Fireplaces can crackle and release embers that could spark into something bigger and more dangerous.

Overpacking your outlet is not like overpacking for your holiday vacation… it’s worse.  

While there are plenty of things that need to be plugged in during the holiday season, it’s important to be careful not to overcrowd outlets. Electrical shorts and malfunctions are one of the leading causes of devastating electrical fires. 

As you string your lights and plug more decor into an outlet, be sure the outlet’s total load does not exceed 15 amps. While it may be tempting to have your house shining at all times during the holidays, be sure you turn off your decor when you leave the house and when you go to bed. 

Be aware of indoor and outdoor decor

As you decorate for each respective holiday, it’s important to test all lights and cords and replace anything faulty before you use them. Ensure all candles are placed out of reach of children and away from flammable objects, be sure to extinguish them before you leave the room and go to sleep. 

As far as outdoor decor goes, be sure to only use extension cords and light displays intended for outdoor use. Those cords should be kept away from both snow and standing water to avoid damage to the insulation. Be sure the cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or placed under furniture. Keep in mind, metal ladders conduct electricity, opt for a wood or fiberglass ladder instead. 

The last thing you need in 2020 is to lose a finger, be careful with your fireworks. 

You may want to celebrate the start of 2021 with fireworks, understandable, it’s tradition, but be aware of the potential safety hazards that fireworks come with. When used inappropriately, fireworks can present a few added risks. 

According to the NFPA, 10% of fireworks fires occur during the period from December 30- January 3, with a peak on New Years Day.

Be sure if you do set off fireworks on your own, you check local laws prior, you choose a location away from buildings and trees, and your spectators stand well away from the actual site. Keep water or a fire extinguisher close by in case of emergency. As we Californians know, if you’re experiencing a drought in your area, it is recommended that you cancel the show. 

While all of these safety precautions may seem daunting as you work to tackle the holidays, they are extremely important to your safety. From our team at VFS, we wish you happy and safe holidays!

5 movie myths about fire that may surprise you

By Jackie Berens

5 Fire Safety Movie Myths that May Surprise You

The Only Thing that Should Burn is a Disco Inferno

We’ve all seen the scene in The Incredibles when a small amount of smoke from a self-destructing note causes the entire sprinkler system to go off and douse the family. Movies are designed to bring impossibility to reality for viewers. With alien invasions, transforming cars, and flying humans that’s just fine. But one movie effect that is misconceived too frequently is fire safety, and it can be dangerous. 

Sprinkler systems don’t drench you.

One of the most blatant false portrayals of fire protection systems is the use of fire sprinklers. Countless movies have shown us characters getting doused with water after a tiny amount of smoke is near a single sprinkler. 

Sorry to disappoint, but the scene in Die Hard when John McLean sets off all the sprinklers with a lighter is not feasible outside of the big screen. Hollywood dramatics make our perception of fire protection systems skewed.

In reality, each sprinkler head is triggered individually. As the heat spreads throughout a building, more sprinkler heads are activated. While deluge systems do exist, they are not as common and are typically used in very specific applications such as power plants, aircraft hangers, and chemical plants. 

A little smoke doesn’t trigger your sprinkler system

Smoke actually does not trigger a sprinkler system to turn on. Despite what The Incredibles depicts, sprinkler systems detect heat in a building and activate based on the heat temperature within the room. In Changing Lanes we see a similar movie myth, Ben Affleck lights a piece of paper on fire and holds it under a sprinkler head, triggering all the sprinkler heads in the office building. As this might add to the theatrics of a Hollywood flick it is not the mechanical truth of a fire sprinkler system.

Pulling the fire alarm does not discharge water.

Remember the scene in Mean Girls when the principal hits the fire alarm pull station with a baseball bat and all the sprinkler heads go off? Yeah… that’s not true either. Activating a pull station doesn’t trigger the sprinklers to dispel water, it sends a signal to the main fire alarm panel which activates the alarm and notifies occupants to get out of the building. 

If every time a fire alarm pull station was activated, even accidentally (which happens quite frequently especially in educational environments) and the sprinklers went off, it would cause an immense amount of property damage. Here’s how it REALLY works: when pulling a fire alarm pull station, the alarm sends a signal to the fire alarm panel and activates the alarm to notify occupants to leave. 

You can use the wrong type of fire extinguisher. 

Firefighters use dry chemical extinguishers or hose lines to extinguish fires, like the car fire in Terminator 3. The firefighters in Terminator 3 use carbon dioxide fire extinguishers to try to put out the car fire, which, in reality, could have made it worse. In real fire situations, the wrong type of fire extinguisher could spread the fire or not put out the flames. Here’s a quick recap of the different types of fire extinguishers and their uses: 

  • Class A: freely burning, combustible solid materials such as wood or paper
  • Class B: flammable liquid or gas
  • Class C: energized electrical fire (energized electrical source serves as the ignitor of a class A or B fire – if electrical source is removed, it is no longer a class C fire)
  • Class D: metallic fire (titanium, zirconium, magnesium, sodium)
  • Class K: cooking fires – animal or vegetable oils or fats

Using the elevator after the fire alarm or sprinkler goes off won’t work.

A fire breaks out on the 13th floor, the main character jumps into the elevator to get away. If this was actually possible, it would be extremely dangerous. When fire protection systems activate, the elevators will be removed from normal service and recalled to a specific landing. This action prevents the possibility of occupants being delivered to a smoke or flame-filled area. 

Understanding what fire protection services can do for you is an important part of your building safety. While most of the movie scenes are extremely entertaining, they don’t give you an accurate representation of what you should do when a fire occurs. As you start considering your fire prevention tactics, begin with implementing the proper fire safety measures in your building.

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Understanding Inspections and Maintenance for Your Building
Understanding Inspections and Maintenance for Your Building
How to Keep your Commercial Kitchen Safe Even During COVID
How to Keep your Commercial Kitchen Safe Even During COVID
Your 2021 Fire protection checklist
Your 2021 Fire Protection Checklist
Top 7 Fire Hazards Around the Holidays
Top 7 Fire Hazards Around the Holidays
5 movie myths about fire that may surprise you
5 Fire Safety Movie Myths that May Surprise You