As a building owner or manager, you’re probably aware of just how important fire safety is. Between maintaining your fire detection and suppression systems, practising fire drills and having an effective fire exit strategy, there’s a lot of preparation to be done to secure your building in the event of a fire. It is also important for your employees to be knowledgable about fire safety which is why we are here to bust common fire safety myths once and for all.
Myth #1: Older Buildings Are Less Safe than Newer Buildings
The truth is that age is but a number. No matter how old your building, any fire can potentially be life-threatening. With regards to the safety of your building, your fire protection system is much more important than the age of the building. The most common fire safety systems include fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems and emergency lighting.
Myth #2: You Only Need Smoke Detectors to Protect Your Building
If you still believe this, you’ll be in for a big surprise if a fire were to break out. While smoke detectors can help alert people early on, they won’t help extinguish the flames. They are an excellent addition to any fire protection system but not effective at all if used alone. Do make sure that you change the batteries regularly or they might fail to work in the event of an emergency.
Myth #3: You Can Put out a Small Fire Yourself
Never try to put out a fire, even if it’s small. The most damaging of fires can start with a minor accident. Make sure you follow the necessary fire safety precautions set in place no matter the size of the fire.
For help with industrial fire and safety services for your building, speak to the team at FSD for a free consultation today.