Fire alarms are one of the most effective ways to alert a building’s occupants that there is a fire and that everyone needs to evacuate as quickly and safely as possible. If a fire breaks out in your commercial building and you have one of our fire protection systems installed, an alarm will begin to sound. But, what are some of the initial steps you should take? The professionals here at Hard Fire are experts in commercial fire protection systems for Ohio and have put together some tips and steps to take after an alarm has sounded at your commercial business.
Prepare Ahead of Time
One of the first things you should do after we install one of our commercial fire protection systems at your business is to come up with a plan for the safe evacuation of your building. Make sure your employees know the quickest evacuation route in case of an emergency, plus where to meet outside once they have evacuated. All of your employees should also know where fire extinguishers are and how to operate them.
Notifications & What to Expect
The notifications your commercial fire protection systems will provide depend on the type of system you have had installed. But, your commercial fire protection systems will most likely immediately notify the proper emergency personnel, alerting them to come to your business and extinguish the flames. Sprinkler systems may also be activated soon after the alarm sounds as sprinkler heads are heat-activated and will kick on as soon as they sensed high temperatures. You should have a fire suppression system installed whether it be mist or a clean agent fire suppression agent; the type you get depends on your business and the equipment you use.
Once the fire department has put out the fire, they will let you know if it’s safe to reenter the building.
Safety & Security
Once your commercial fire protection systems have done their job, you should look into having your building secured in some way after the fire if possible. This could help prevent any further damage, and it could help protect any other valuable assets that are in your building.
Finally, be sure you contact your insurance company to figure out your next steps. They will advise you on what to do to file your claim and will likely send an insurance adjuster out to assess and evaluate any damage that your building sustained.
Commercial fire protection systems are designed to help give you and your building’s occupants time to safely evacuate if a fire breaks out. So, it is also important to have your system inspected on a regular basis to ensure they are working properly.
When you want more information about commercial fire protection systems and other life saving systems, just give us a call! We will be happy to answer any and all questions you have.
Are you interested in learning more about commercial fire protection systems in Ohio? Call Hard Fire at 1-800-848-1301, or you can Contact Us.