Fire safety tips for Fire Prevention Week™

National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) celebrates the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week October 9-15, 2022. This year’s campaign focuses on education around simple but impactful actions to stay safe from fires. In this post, we’ll share NFPA®’s fire safety tips and cover the importance of inspecting fire alarm systems. 

What YOU can do to stay safe 

According to NFPA®, today’s fires burn hotter and faster and there’s a growing threat of wildfires in many areas. What can you do to be prepared? Plan your home or business fire escapes using these tips: 

6 tips for fire escape planning 

  1. Make a plan that meets the needs of everyone, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
  2. Identify at least two ways out of every room and ensure doors and windows open easily.
  3. Choose a meeting place outside that is a safe distance away from your home or building.
  4. Practice! Run your fire drill at least twice a year during the day and at night. 
  5. Ensure smoke detectors are installed per fire code in your business. At home, they should be inside every sleeping room, outside separate sleeping areas, and on every level. Additionally, smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound. 
  6. Get your commercial fire alarm system inspected by a professional annually. 

The importance of fire system inspections 

The purpose of a fire alarm system is to notify occupants and authorities when there is a fire to keep people safe and minimize damage. But what if it doesn’t work? Fire alarm technology CAN fail. That is why we recommend a regular fire system inspection instead of keeping your fingers crossed that your system will work when you need it. Don’t find out when it’s already too late – consider fire alarm testing services to ensure: 

  • Life Safety – keep your team and clients safe from harm 
  • Reduced Loss – reduce severity and cost of damage in the event of a fire 
  • Compliance – prevent fines or consequences from local jurisdictions or insurance companies 

 During fire inspections, certified technicians typically: 

  • Test functionality of all fire alarm and notification devices
  • Test sensitivity of all smoke detectors
  • Verify transmission of all fire devices to Central Station for proper dispatch 
  • Test all annunciators, power supplies, and batteries 
  • Identify and remediate any repairs needed 
  • Submit NFPA-compliant reports to you and/or your local jurisdiction 

If you’re wondering what fire inspections with SecurAlarm look like, here’s how it works: 

  1. Contract us for testing services to get in our annual inspection queue. 
  2. We reach out at the same time and frequency every year to schedule your inspection at a time that is convenient for your business and team. 
  3. Our fire-certified experts test and inspect the functionality of all fire alarm and notification devices and verify transmission to Central Station for proper dispatch. 
  4. We communicate discrepancies, then quote and coordinate repairs. 
  5. We submit an NFPA-compliant report via email to you and/or your local jurisdiction. 
  6. You choose a flexible payment option for testing fees that matches your budget requirements. 

A fire is scary enough and we don’t want system malfunctions to add to the panic and loss. Maintain proper functionality and safety by hiring a professional to perform regular system inspections. 

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