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Commercial Fire Safety: Is Your Building Prepared?

Commercial Fire Safety: Is Your Building Prepared?

The Importance of Commercial and Industrial Fire Safety

Each year, thousands of fires ignite in workplaces across the country and all of them carry the risk of critical or fatal injuries. This makes the practice of fire safety more crucial than ever. Whether you are a commercial or industrial business owner, maintaining compliance with fire regulation, being aware of any potential fire hazards, and installing a fire alarm system can significantly lower devastating risks should a fire take place on the premises. Having a proper fire alarm system installed in a commercial, retail, or industrial setting is one of the best ways to ensure the safety of all the people on the premises while also protecting your property against fire and smoke.

How to Avoid Fire Hazards in the Workplace

Fire hazards can arise for a variety of reasons in an office environment, but the good news is that almost all of them can be prevented by maintaining awareness of any potential fire hazards and taking appropriate measures to eliminate or reduce the risk of a fire.

Creating and maintaining a fire safety and emergency procedure is one of the best places to start when it comes to fire safety in the workplace. By making a plan that is designed to meet the specific requirements of your workplace, you can help your employees not only manage fire risks, but you can also train them how to develop and maintain efficient fire safety procedures, and introduce them to fire safety equipment should the need use them arise.

Other helpful fire safety tips include:

Not overloading power sockets

Overloaded power sockets are the most common cause of electrical fires as any type of faulty extension can almost immediately result in overheating. Try using only one plug in each electrical socket and stay away from using appliances that total more than 13 amps or 3000 watts.

Keeping fire exits clear

Fire exits are among the areas that are used very infrequently. However, if a fire ever occurs, these exits could make the difference between life and death. Ensure that all of your fire exits are decluttered and easily accessible.

TED’s Fire Alarm Systems and Services

There are three major types of fire detection sensors that make up the various fire alarm systems:

  • Thermal detectors: Thermal detectors are designed to detect temperature changes of less than one-degree Celsius and can detect potentially life-threatening occurrences in environments with the most risk of fire
  • Ionization detectors: The detector most commonly found on the market is the ionization detector and this is because of their responsiveness in detecting small amounts of smoke that is often produced by flaming fires, and they are also inexpensive.
  • Photoelectric detectors: Photoelectric detectors are specifically designed to use light sensors to detect smoke patterns that originate from slow burning fires.
Learn More About These Types of Fire Detectors

The best fire detection sensors and related alarm system for your building or facility is one that is designed and engineered to meet your specific needs such as addressing analog smoke detection and ADA (visual alarms) signaling, smoke control for air-handling units for elevators and doorways, and testing/troubleshooting and hardwired additions.

While your fire detection system and early warnings will save lives and valuable assets, no single fire alarm solution will fit the needs of all facilities. All working environments vary in layout and style, there are a number of different types of fire alarm systems and services you can install in your building and TED can help you choose which one is right for your business.

TED Systems is a Kansas City leader in the design, installation, and service of intelligent and sophisticated network fire alarm systems for commercial offices, high-rise buildings, healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, educational facilities, campuses, industrial plants, as well as detention centers.

TED Systems is:

  • A Kansas City leader in the design, installation, and service of intelligent and sophisticated network fire alarm systems for commercial offices, high-rise buildings, healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, educational facilities, campuses, industrial plants, as well as detention centers.
  •  A licensed NOTIFIER by Honeywell dealer and also offers a complete line of NOTIFIER fire alarm products, systems, service, and support. Ranging from small single-zone panels to large multi-node and network-addressable systems,
  • A company with personnel who are Levels II, III, and IV Certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) and have nearly a century of combined experience in the design, installation, programming, and testing of fire alarm systems.
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