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The 5 Don’ts of Fire Protection

Posted on: November 28, 2012

Last week, we looked at five things you should always do in regards to your fire protection system. But there are also a number of things you should NOT do! At Confires, we want people to be safe from fires at all times. Read the following list carefully to learn how you can stay protected!

Don’t ignore recurring problems – if you’re constantly getting ground faults, circuit problems, battery faults, or device failures from your fire protection system, don’t pass these off as minor occurrences—there may be bigger problems below the surface! The fire protection professionals at Confires can help you track down the root causes of these problems and determine if you need major fire system maintenance or just a quick equipment replacement.

Don’t let false alarms persist – the first time your fire alarm goes off when no one is expecting it, everyone will (hopefully) do what they can to get out as quickly as possible. But everyone knows the story of the boy who cried wolf. And unfortunately, your fire alarms can have the same effect!If your fire alarms go off erroneously too often, people in your building may ignore it when it goes off for real. As a facility manager, you should do what you can to avoid false alarms. If a false alarm does occur, figure out what happened so you can prevent it in the future.

Don’t set off your fire suppression system – do what you can to ensure your building’s fire suppression system does not go off accidentally. The single biggest contributor to the prevention of accidental discharges is training the personnel who work in and around these spaces, so make sure you develop and enforce protocols to prevent these accidents. Be sure to continuously monitor operational changes that could have a negative impact on these fire suppression systems.

Don’t allow unqualified personnel to service your fire protection system–unqualified fire protection contractors servicing your equipment can be as dangerous as (or worse than!) not having your equipment serviced at all. At Confires, we are certified to work on all types of fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire suppression systems. Unqualified and uncertified contractors will not recognize potential problems and can leave you with a false sense of security that could be dangerous during an emergency!

Don’t forget to update your fire protection system when you make changes to your facility – your building will evolve over time—as a facility manager, it’s important you make sure your fire protection system evolves with it! Significant changes to your building’s layout may require a complete recalculation of your fire protection systems. Types of fire systems and components will no doubt be impacted, including detector placement, notification appliance location, sprinkler coverage, and obstructions to manual pull stations. When you realize your building will be undergoing a change, begin planning up-front for the necessary changes to the fire systems.

These are the five things you should NOT do when it comes to your building’s fire protection. And remember, if you need fire sprinkler installation, fire alarm service, fire extinguishers or any other fire protection services, call Confires!

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