Conducting Regular Fire Safety Inspection
The need for regular inspection that ensures the continued functioning fire safety equipment should be a norm rather than an occasional exercise, this also should be geared towards improving and strengthening both active and passive safety measures which helps in detecting risky practices. Levels of monitoring or inspection should include the most basic requirement minimums in fire prevention.
Besides having effective fire safety equipment maintenance plan it is important to focus on aspects of the building that don’t necessarily serve as equipment, but have an overall role in ensuring safety of the occupants of any building. Stairways and exit doors should not be obstructed, the exit doors should easily from the inside’. Rubbish and combustible waste should not be allowed to accumulate in any area. This should have a designated storage area away from overheating temperatures to avoid spontaneous combustion.
In areas where large quantities of combustible materials are produced, these materials should be removed through an outdoor storage area and well disposed of, such materials are potential hazards and may cause huge fires that are not easily controllable. In such instances, it is important to have firefighting equipment that can easily put anticipated huge fires in such settings, and should be located in open access areas.
Passive fire safety measures that are inbuilt within the structure and form part of the physical features of the building and these includes fire exits and fire assembly points, also its important to observe fire extinguisher maintenance among the measures. Active fire precautions need to have systems that activate in the event of a fire. These safety measures must include a full appraisal of the two.
Fire drills should be carried out frequently to test the effectiveness of predetermined fire safety measures, this should ensure safe and orderly evacuation, that all occupants are familiar with the exits, the effectiveness of all emergency procedures and also impart the rational reactionary attitude in case of a fire