Fire Prevention Week 2021
LEARN THE SOUNDS OF FIRE SAFETY
This week is Fire Prevention Week! This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds fire protection systems make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you, your business and your employees safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.
This week we will be going over the different sounds of fire safety on our social media channels, and what to do when you hear them. As a business, you should schedule faculty training and establish staff responsibilities for the following:
- Fire Alarms
- Carbon Dioxide Alarms
- Fire Bells
- Water Gongs
- Panel alarms
Don’t miss out!
ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance in 1925, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week children and adults alike learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. You probably remember it from when you were a kid and firefighters came in to teach you about stop, drop and roll and maybe you even got to see a real firetruck.
Fire Prevention Week is observed every year during the week of October 9th to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. The Chicago Fire began on October 8, 1871, and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
IMPORTANCE OF FIRE PREVENTION
In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and business are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMERCIAL FIRE PREVENTION
Fire Prevention vs. Fire Protection
Fire protection and fire prevention are both essential to keeping you and your business safe, but what is the difference between them. Fire prevention involves proactive steps taken to reduce fire hazards so that a fire does not have a chance to ignite. Fire prevention requires inspection, testing, and maintenance of systems to ensure they are operating properly and they are effective during a fire. Systems need to be periodically inspected for mechanical deficiencies, proper function, valve actuation, water flow, sprinkler clearances, etc., Fire prevention also involves eliminating the risks that may cause fire to occur.
These steps are guidelines to overall fire prevention:
- Perform regular risk assessments, and identify the weak areas to improve safety.
- Identify and resolve deficiencies sources within the facility that emit heat or are combustible, flammable, or make the building more susceptible to fire.
- Adhere to fire regulations and NFPA standards.
- Perform regular fire drills. Keep building owners, operators, occupants, and emergency personnel up to date regarding operation of fire protection systems.
- Regularly train staff on fire prevention practices.
- Keep systems in top working order with preventive maintenance contracts.
- Utilize diagnostics and system analytics that can help predict trouble before it occurs.
On the other hand, Fire protection systems are a series of components that work together to detect fires and mitigate the negative impacts. Fire protection includes alarms, suppression systems, sprinkler systems, extinguishers, and any technology that allows you to alert people or monitor the fire. A P Fire Protection is dedicated and passionate about protecting your property and employees. We test, inspect, install and repair all fire protection related devices.
A full-fledged fire protection system includes:
- Fire Suppression Sprinkler Systems (wet, dry, preaction, deluge, antifreeze, and fire pumps)
- Special Hazards Fire Suppression Systems (foam, low and high pressure CO2, as well as clean agent systems)
- Fire alarm detection system (control panel, flame detectors, heat detectors, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors)
- Mass notification (notification appliances, pull stations/call box points)
- Emergency Exit Lights
- Fire extinguisher, fire hydrants, and backflows
- Fire alarm monitoring
- Integrated security, access control, and video surveillance systems for appropriate actions from each system
The point of fire protection and fire prevention is to be proactive. This means implementing and monitoring a fire safety regime to reduce disruption and protect staff, visitors, and other occupants.
Why You Need Both Fire Protection and Prevention
Do you know the last time you checked the fire extinguishers? If so, you are neglecting your fire protection and require fire protection services. Do you feel confident your building is up to code on the amount and location for fire alarms and sprinkler heads, but your staff hasn’t been trained on fire prevention strategies? If so, you are missing an integral component of fire safety. Both fire protection and prevention are necessary for your business’s safety and security. Fire prevention is essential to limit risks and reduce hazards that could potentially start fires yet not all fires can be prevented because risks are almost never eliminated entirely. For that reason, fire protection is also necessary. Fire protection can lessen the damage of fire once it has ignited. Fire protection services such as a fire suppression system and routine fire protection system maintenance are integral parts of an effective fire protection strategy.
COMMERCIAL BUILDING SERVICES WE PROVIDE
Fire prevention and fire protection are extremely important but can also be complicated with so many moving parts. That’s why it’s important to choose a fire protection service provider that is knowledgeable and experienced.
Here are some of the services we provide:
- Fire Alarm Systems & Monitoring
- Fire Sprinkler Suppression Systems
- Emergency Exit Lights
- Backflow Preventers
- Fire Extinguishers
- Kitchen Hood Fire Suppression Systems
- Fire Hydrants
- Fire Hoses
- Fire Doors
- CO2 Monitoring System
At A P Fire Protection we know the importance of providing quality service to the customers we work with. We make sure to work directly with you, answering any questions you may have so that your commercial buildings are compliant with Fire Code Standards. We ensure that all of your Fire Safety Systems are properly maintained and serviced.
Source: NFPA Fire Prevention Week