Hiring a Fire Sprinkler Service
You may have ceiling sprinklers installed in your office,
business, or restaurant enterprise. If so, you’re fortunate, because sprinklers
save lives and protect property. In less time than it typically takes the fire
department to arrive at the scene of a fire, sprinklers often contain it. Sprinklers
are always at the ready, reacting to temperatures that are higher than normal
and working quickly to douse flames that might otherwise spread throughout the
However, many times we forget to adequately maintain sprinkler
systems, taking them for granted. Do you know if your sprinklers will activate
if a fire breaks out? If your sprinklers were installed several years ago, it’s
likely they are no longer under warranty. Fortunately, you can turn to
companies in Ontario that provide expertise in fire safety. These companies
have skilled personnel who install, maintain, and repair sprinkler systems of
Sprinklers are often a part of an integrated fire safety system
that includes other components such as the following:
- A Fire Safety Plan. This
plan provides employees with a step-by-step guide of what to do if a fire
breaks out. It should include an evacuation plan and feature fire drills for
Sprinklers are often tied to an alarm system. Newer systems include both light
and sound to alert people in the building, and many contact EMS immediately.
Extinguishers placed strategically can help put out small fires before they
become a problem.
- Exit and Emergency Lights. These are often required by law and help employees,
residents, or clients to evacuate during an emergency.
Many of these elements are mandatory under provincial and
federal fire codes. If you need help to sort out what you need to meet
requirements and provide adequate protection, a fire safety company expert will
come in to assess your situation and make recommendations or work with you to
develop a comprehensive plan.
These experts can also train you in the use of your existing
devices or install new fire safety equipment.
Of course, the best way to avoid damage and injury from fire is
to prevent fires before they happen. Fire safety experts can also come to talk
to you about this and have a look around your workplace or property. Some
things to consider include the following:
- Electrical system. Check
to make sure that all wiring is up to code. Never use any appliance with a
frayed or damaged electrical cord.
- Smoking area. If
you have a smoking area inside or outside the building, make sure that
cigarette butts are extinguished and deposited in a safe container.
- Flammable materials.
Ensure that all flammable material is stored safely and kept away from heat
- Exits. Never block
exits with machinery or furniture.
Unplug any heat-producing appliances.
Make sure that office machinery or other machines that need to have air
circulating around them have adequate ventilation.
Work to keep unauthorized persons out of the home and workplace.
Clean and maintain machinery regularly.
Appoint employees as fire wardens to be vigilant about removing fire hazards.
Protect the people and places you care about. Be smart about
fire safety: contact a fire sprinkler service company today.