Risks of neglected testing and inspection of fire safety devices

Risks of neglected testing and inspection of fire safety devices

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Fire safety devices are an integral part of any facility’s fire safety plan. It is crucial to ensure proper testing and maintenance of all the fire safety devices in your building, such as fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms, emergency lights, exit signs, etc. If your fire safety devices are not inspected and tested regularly, it can put you and all the other occupants in the building at grave risk. FireServ is a leading fire safety company providing reliable fire devices inspection and maintenance services. We are dedicated to ensuring that all your commercial fire safety devices are operational and in compliance with fire safety codes.
Following are the common risks associated with the negligence of proper testing and inspection of fire safety devices:

Non-operational fire sprinklers systemFire alarms, sprinklers, fire suppression systems play a crucial role in alerting occupants and allowing them to escape safely during a fire emergency. But these devices may become non-operable over time without you knowing about it if regular testing is not done by a professional. If you don’t inspect your fire alarms, you may not even know if it is still working or not. There is a high risk of fire sprinkler and commercial fire suppression system failure during a fire emergency if it is not well-maintained. Therefore, it is crucial to schedule regular testing and inspection of these devices.
Blockages in fire safety equipment
Fire safety devices such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems are the most effective defense systems against fire hazards. These minimize the life-loss and property loss to a great extent. But these may develop many problems over time if proper testing and maintenance are not conducted. It might not be possible to identify the issues with these safety devices by doing a visual inspection only. Most of the time, your sprinkler system may develop problems inside the pipes, such as blockages, valve jamming, frozen water inside pipes, etc. Your fire extinguishers may also develop blockages if not used for a long time. These problems can only be identified during an inspection from a certified professional.
Exit signs and emergency lighting
Exit signs and emergency lighting are crucial to guide people towards an emergency exit during a fire emergency. These devices use light bulbs that must be tested regularly for light bulb outages. Otherwise, it might cause a problem during a fire emergency if they are not operative.

Emergency action plan
An improperly designed and neglected emergency action plan may backfire during a fire emergency. It is crucial to ensure that fire safety devices are installed adequately within reach and train your employees to use them during an emergency. If you have made any changes in the building layout but haven’t updated the emergency action plan accordingly, it can put everyone’s safety at risk. It is crucial to update your fire safety devices as per the revised NFPA regulation from time to time and update your emergency action plan.

If you haven’t had a fire safety testing and inspection of your facility for more than 6 months. It is highly recommended to consult with our certified professionals at FireServ to schedule an inspection as soon as possible.

April 26, 2021

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