Inspecting your Fire Safety Equipment is a little like maintaining your insurance. For the most part, it blends into the background but when you really need it, you pray that’s in good operating order. However even a small fire if not contained, can spread quickly through your facility causing a dangerous situation which disrupts or cripples your work flow. How can we pay proper attention to something as important as fire safety? By putting it on your calendar on a specific day is perhaps the most effective way. That way, the task inspection remains on your to-do list until completed.
My suggestion would be to pick any day in October. First Friday of the month would be a good day to schedule your yearly fire inspection. Why October you ask? In October is the nationally recognized “Fire Prevention Week”.
“Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week has roots that date back to The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people and left more than 100,000 homeless. The fire, which was reportedly started in a barn, also burned more than 2,000 acres and destroyed about 17,400 structures. The three-day fire, which started October 8, did most of its damage on October 9, 1871, which is why Fire Prevention Week is always held around that date. The first National Fire Prevention Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson in 1922, and the week-long observance is the longest running public safety and health campaign on record.”
Since you probably do not wear the Fire Inspector’s hat very often, it might be a good idea to call in a reputable Fire Equipment and Safety company like Superior Fire of Florida. Superior Fire can take you through the checklist of what needs to be done. Things like:
- Making sure your extinguishers are in good operating order.
- Examining your lighting and emergency signage.
- Checking all alarms and smoke detectors.
- Examination of your sprinkler or halon extinguishing systems,
- Check on street fire hydrant if local ordinances allow
Call Superior Fire at (407) 877-4782 for a detailed Fire Safety Inspection and remember to write the date down on the calendar every year. And remember to enjoy your Fire Prevention Week this year!