The NFPA has reported responding to 346,800 commercial fire hazards on average, which means responding to a commercial property fire hazard every 89 seconds. The overall percentage of fire hazards might have been reduced over time, but the statistics have troubling data that shows an average of $4.3 billion worth of property getting damaged, 1200 civilian injuries, and 110 deaths every year. What is more dangerous is that certain minute causes are leading to such big scale damages, which could have been prevented by being a little attentive towards the fire safety measures.
After inspecting and analyzing, it was seen that areas need immediate attention, which had been overlooked long enough. Certain minor issues should be fixed in time, so any future accidents can be prevented, and the safety of the residents is ensured. There are also certain after accident measures that can be installed and regularly checked, so there is an immediate action plan present handy to douse out or extinguish the fire and stop it before it kindles.
Paramount precautionary actions required
Installing and maintaining photoluminescent exit signs would make exit points visible to everyone coming or living in the commercial buildings. Regularly watching these exit signs would also help the residents remember the way out in case of any emergency or fire hazard. They would definitely know where they should run to be safe when the main entrance is blocked.
Many times it is seen that people get injured and deeply affected in a fire hazard because they don’t know any other exit points from their properties other than the main entrance they usually use. A photoluminescent exit sign would be visible in case of emergency, and people stuck in the property during any fire accident can run out through the exit points.
Every commercial building should have fire extinguishers as its priority. Class A, B, and C rated multi-purpose fire extinguishers should be available in all commercial buildings placed about seventy-five feet apart so that even small fires over wood oil gases can be put off using these extinguishers.
Proper and regular checking of these extinguishers should be done by examining their gauge limit and weight and should be immediately replaced in case of any discrepancies.
If the extinguishers are used once, they should immediately be replaced with a new one so, in case of emergency, people have precautionary extinguishers that can be used in time of need. This is one of the most crucial fire safety measures that should never be neglected.
The owner of the building typically provides fire extinguishers placed on his property, but in some cases, the tenants are asked by the owner to install fire extinguishers. In such cases, it should be the tenants’ responsibility to set up fire safety measures.
Plan emergency measures
Instead of creating panic in the time of emergency, the action plan should be discussed beforehand, and the residents and tenants of the building complex should be communicated the course of action as planned, and then they would know how to act at the time of such fire safety hazards.
To avoid any doubt or uncertainty at the time of need, everybody should be designated with a proper plan of work on what one should do.
Every employee should know their work area and what they are supposed to do at the time of the accident to prevent casualties and damages.
Suppose a plan of action is prepared beforehand, and people are adequately designated on what to do and how to do like who should work on fire extinguishing measures or who should go for the water hose. In that case, the damage can be minimized or even completely avoided.
Water and fire restoration
Even when everything is properly checked and in place, certain situations might arise, and a fire accident might occur then, one should also have a fire and water restoration team present in the commercial building who can work on restoring the damages and make the building as normal as it could be. After a hazard has taken place, the people must prepare an environment where this does not happen again for this they should have a proper regulatory team who can check on all the aspects of fire safety and a team who can look after water and fire restoration to avoid repeating any mistakes that happened in the past with a better safety measure for future.
Drills and inspections
To check if the commercial building is prepared to win a fight against any fire hazard, it is essential to work towards the betterment of safety measures by rectifying mistakes. It is unnecessary to actually have a fire hazard to know where mistakes are happening and rectify them.
Buildings can always have fire drills or surprise inspections to understand where they have been lagging in communication, or take measures and rectify it as soon as possible.
This would allow the residents to be prepared for any situation that might arise in the future. Regular inspections should include checking the basic and most important safety measures available in the building like proper exit signs, fire extinguishers, water hose availability, etc.
Understanding the basic requirement to avert any fire hazard by maintaining and taking certain simple measures is necessary and mandatory for everyone who wants a peaceful neighborhood to live in. Having Photoluminescent exit signs, proper working fire extinguishers, regular inspections of safety equipment available are some effortless yet effective methods by which we can try to make our neighborhood a hazard-free zone.