Spring is finally here, and it’s time to get your businesses and homes clean. For businesses, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to declutter the office, deep clean the carpets, and get organized for the year ahead. However, dusting and vacuuming aren’t the only things that need to be completed. National Cleaning Week (March 26- April 1, 2023) is a great reminder to ensure fire protection systems work correctly and keep a safe environment.
Taking the time to do some basic maintenance on your Fire Protection Systems now can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Inspect your fire extinguishers and make sure they are in working order. Ensure that they are properly charged and easily accessible. In the event of a fire, you should use the fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire, not fight your way out of the building. If you cannot extinguish the fire, evacuate the building immediately.
2. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. This is something that you should be doing on a regular basis, but it’s especially important to do at the start of the busy season. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are important pieces of safety equipment in any business or home. They can help save lives by providing early warning of a fire or gas leak.
3. Have your fire sprinklers inspected. Fire sprinklers are an important part of any fire safety plan and as a responsible business owner, it is critical to inspect your fire sprinklers on a regular basis to make sure that they are in good working order. Fire Sprinklers are designed to extinguish a fire before it spreads. But in order for fire sprinklers to work properly, they must be inspected regularly. Don’t forget to have your backflow inspected too!
4. Review your fire evacuation plan. A fire evacuation plan is critical to fire safety in any building. Practice your fire evacuation plan regularly so that everyone knows what to do and can evacuate quickly and safely in the event of a real fire. Check that all emergency lights are functional, exit routes are clearly marked, and everyone knows where to go in the event of a fire.
5. Declutter storage areas and clear out flammable items such as paper products, chemicals, and cleaning supplies. This will help reduce the risk of a fire starting in your business or home and help create a safer environment for yourself and those around you.
By following these simple tips during National Cleaning Week (or anytime!), you can help to ensure that your system is ready to protect your business in the event of a fire. Marmic Fire Protection can help you with all of your fire protection needs. Call us today to schedule your fire protection system inspection!