2021 was a dumpster fire that we can roast marshmallows in for 2022.
Looking at the new year is an exciting time. 2022 has created a fresh start after a challenging year (or two or three!).
If you’re like most people, one of your practices is making New Year’s resolutions. We applaud everyone who will try that new diet, meditate in the morning, and go to the gym consistently (then bail after a month— but hey, it’s the thought that counts!)
At VFS, we’ve realized there’s one resolution that always seems to be left out, which is fire safety!
Please, we’re begging you, don’t let fire safety fall by the wayside like the gym. Here are some tips to help guide you into making fire safety part of your New Year resolutions (one that will actually stick!)
Stay Up-To-Date with NFPA Codes
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is constantly updating codes for fire safety for commercial buildings, above-ground storage tanks, and everything in between.
The NFPA Journal highlights changes that are crucial to be aware of as a business or property owner in 2022. The two codes to keep top of mind in the new year include NFPA Code 72 and 13.
NFPA Code 72
NFPA 72 is a National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. This means that the Code includes requirements for “mass notification systems used for weather emergencies, terrorist events, biological, chemical, and nuclear emergencies.”
The newest change in 2022 to be aware of is the introduction of cybersecurity guidance for fire alarms. There has been a rise in break-ins through older fire security systems because hackers have incentives to steal data and sell it.
Some of the 2022 additions listed by the NFPA include:
- Remote Access
- Color Tagging
- Multi-Criteria Detectors
So, make sure to keep an eye out for more updates with cybersecurity and fire alarms.
NFPA Code 13
NFPA Code 13 is the Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. If you’re new to our blog, we’re the experts in sprinkler systems. Learn more about the updates in sprinkler systems on our blog.
Anyway, Code 13 is considered, “The industry benchmark for design, installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems.”
The NFPA Journal claims that the main changes to Code 13 will include sprinkler density, rack storage, and elevator shaft protection. The most impactful change will be the shift towards “beyond single-point density.”
Update Team Training
With the constant change in NFPA Codes, it’s valuable to also keep your team updated with the differing fire safety measures.
The updates to highlight and refresh your team with could include the following:
- Updated Equipment
- Fire Protection Systems
- Safe Operation of Equipment and Tools
- Emergency Action Plan
- And More
There are various online training available through the NFPA. For example, the online series on “NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (2022) Online Training Series” is a great starting point.
Create a Calendar of Safety Inspections
At VFS Fire and Security Services, we believe that your fire protection systems are only as effective as the inspections performed on them. The inspections we specialize in include:
- Fire Sprinkler Systems
- Fire Suppression Systems
- Alarm and Detection Systems
- Portable Fire Extinguishers
- Sound and Communication
- Integrated Security
- Life Safety
- Above Ground Storage Tanks
That’s kind of a long list, right? That’s exactly why the professionals are here to help keep your commercial property up-to-date with the proper equipment and fire safety measures.
On the topic of fire safety, have you heard of the cargo crisis that’s going on? The lag in shipping has created bottlenecks in many industries. Read more about how the cargo crisis has impacted our VFS Houston branch on our blog.