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“New Year, New Beginnings – Safety Systems Check”

January 23, 2024

written by Brandpoint Services

As we usher in the new year, it’s not just a time for setting personal resolutions but also an opportune moment for businesses to renew their focus on safety. At BrandPoint Services, we advocate for starting the year with a comprehensive safety systems check in your commercial facilities. This January, let’s prioritize safety and set a precedent for the year ahead.

Understanding Safety System Components

Safety systems in commercial buildings are the unsung heroes of your daily operations. They quietly ensure the well-being of your staff and customers. Key components include:

  1. Fire Alarm Systems: The first line of defense in fire emergencies, detecting and alerting occupants to potential dangers.
  2. Fire Extinguishers: Essential tools for controlling small fires before they escalate.
  3. Emergency Lighting: Illuminates escape paths and exits during power outages or emergencies.

Understanding these systems is the first step in ensuring they function correctly when needed most.

Conducting a Comprehensive Fire Alarm System Check

A fire alarm system check involves several critical steps.

  1. Visual Inspection: Look for obvious signs of damage or tampering.
  2. Functionality Test: Ensure alarms are responsive and loud enough to be heard in all areas.
  3. Battery and Power Supply Check: Replace batteries and check the main power supply.
  4. Sensitivity Testing: Ensure sensors are not too sensitive (causing false alarms) or desensitized (failing to detect actual danger).

Remember, while routine checks can be performed internally, annual inspections should be conducted by certified professionals.

Fire Extinguisher Inspection and Maintenance

Fire extinguishers require regular checks.

  1. Accessibility: Ensure extinguishers are in their designated spots and easily accessible.
  2. Physical State: Check for any signs of wear, corrosion, or leakage.
  3. Pressure Gauge: The needle should be in the green zone, indicating proper pressure.
  4. Service Tag: Verify the last professional inspection date and schedule the next one if due.

Different types of fire extinguishers (water, foam, CO2, etc.) have specific applications. Ensure you have the right types for your facility’s risks.

Ensuring Efficient Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is crucial for safe evacuations. Monthly checks should include:

  1. Illumination Test: Ensure lights activate immediately when the power goes off.
  2. Battery Life: Test battery backup to ensure it lasts long enough to facilitate evacuation.
  3. Signage Visibility: Emergency exit signs should be clear and unobstructed.

Creating a Culture of Safety

Building a safety-conscious culture involves:

  1. Regular Training: Conduct fire safety and emergency response drills.
  2. Clear Communication: Display safety procedures and emergency exit routes prominently.
  3. Empowerment: Encourage employees to report potential hazards or safety concerns.

Regular safety checks are vital for the well-being of everyone who steps into your facilities. This January, let’s take the initiative to inspect and update our safety systems. It’s not just about compliance; it’s about commitment to safety and preparedness.

Is your facility ready for a safety systems overhaul? Contact BrandPoint Services today for a comprehensive safety check and ensure your business is set for a safe and successful year. Click here to connect. 

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