The bitter cold air we endure this time of year is nothing to play around with as it can be very dangerous. A person’s overall health is not only of concern but the safety of all individuals occupying buildings in order to stay out of the cold. Consequently, winter is when we see heating-related fires at its highest. Don’t let your guard down this time of year, it is important to stay on high alert all year round as fires don’t have an off-season.
Heating equipment fires are more common this time of year due to the longer periods of time they are being ran. The longer these pieces of equipment are operating, the greater chances for a fire. However, if proper procedures are in place, these fires can be easily avoided.
Large Facility Fire Dangers
When it comes to large facilities and office buildings, confirm that all required inspection and maintenance has been executed, if not, it needs to be addressed immediately. Inspection and maintenance should be performed on fire doors, fire & smoke dampers and all fire barrier components. Depending on the nature of your business, the winter months may be a quieter time hence, the best time of year to focus on ensuring all facility fire safety features are up to date and compliant with fire code.
Naturally with colder temperatures, snow and ice are just as much a threat especially in the event of a fire and emergency crews are attempting to get to the scene quickly. This is an example of why it is SO important to have the facility fire barrier protection systems in place and operable. A firestop protection system is designed to contain fire and smoke in the area of origin so it does not spread throughout the building. To avoid a fire disaster, compartmentalizing with fire walls, fire barriers & partitions and smoke barriers is key.
Household Fire Dangers
Below are a few household tips to keep in mind this winter to protect your home and loved ones from a fire emergency.
- Keep 3-foot clearance around heating equipment. Furnace, fireplace, stove & portable space heater.
- Do not use an oven for warmth.
- Install heating equipment to local code & manufacturer’s instruction by qualified professional.
- Clean and inspect heating equipment & chimneys every year by qualified professional.
- Turn portable space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Fireplace should have a sturdy screen to block embers from entering the room.
- Let Ashes cool before placing in metal container. Keep container a safe distance away from house.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
Put fire safety at the top of your priority list in both the workplace and at home. Fires can almost always be avoidable but it takes the responsibility of the person to execute proper procedures to ensure all involved is safe from the extreme dangers of a fire.
Contact LSS Life Safety Services for all facility fire and safety needs. You’re Safe With Us.