As a building manager, you have a lot of hats to wear. The most important “hat” or responsibilities a building manager has is to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants and the building itself. Having a well-developed fire safety program in place for your Tulsa or Oklahoma City business as well as having a total emergency preparedness plan ready is essential. What is involved with these plans to ensure your occupants will be safe? What do building managers need to regularly have inspected?
Update Fire Alarms, Fire Suppression System, and Other Fire Protection Devices
A common misconception that can occur with buildings is that if the current fire protection system is working, then everything will be okay. Fire protection systems are easy to forget about until you need them. The fire suppression system could be outdated, elements of the system worn out, and not performing well enough to adequately put out a fire in an emergency. That’s why conducting regular inspections and performing regular maintenance is so important.
One part of the fire protection system that is easy to make assumptions about is fire sprinkler equipment. Even if the fire sprinkler system in your Tulsa or OKC building has never been activated before and appears to be in working condition, there could be other problems lurking such as issues with valves opening and closing properly, corroded pipes, or sprinkler heads that are painted. These issues that may go unnoticed could result in the system being noncompliant or failing during a fire.
A building manager must make sure at other aspects of the overall fire protection system are in good working order such as emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, fire doors, fire hydrants, etc.
At Mac Systems in both Tulsa and OKC we can perform all the needed maintenance services and inspections on your entire fire protection system to ensure it will be up to the challenge in an emergency. We can also install a corrosion maintenance system that can extend the life of your sprinkler system and prevent dangerous failures in the system and costly repairs.
Resolve Fire Safety Maintenance Issues Beforehand
Along with ensuring that the entire fire protection system is regularly inspected and maintain, building managers need to make sure other maintenance and even housekeeping issues are regularly resolved. This may include making sure all stairwells and exit doors are always clear and there are not obstructed so that people could easily evacuate in a fire. It’s important to train employees to have good housekeeping skills so that combustible materials and trash never accumulate in walkways, stairwells, and in isles.
It may be advisable to designate an individual to ensure these maintenance issues are kept in check. All equipment used in the business should also be regularly inspected to ensure there are no faulty wires or damage that could cause overheating.
Ensure An Emergency Plan Is In Place And Employees Are Well-Trained
An emergency of any kind can devastate a business, and sadly creating and implementing an emergency plan may be something that gets postponed when seemingly more urgent problems arise. But not having a plan in place could put your employees’ and customers’ lives at risk.
Make sure that all employees are well-trained in what they should do in the event of a fire or another emergency. Help each employee to know what his or her particular role would be in an emergency. Conduct regular fire drills and practice what to do in other emergency situations. Make sure they know exactly where to go and where everyone would meet at outside the building in the event of a fire. Train all employees on how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
Have a plan in place for what to do following an emergency so that business operations could get back up and running as soon as possible.
In Oklahoma, we may have a general idea of when there’s a chance of severe weather, but fires and other emergencies may come without a warning. We have even seen tornadoes devastate parts of Tulsa with little to no warning. Thus, now is the time to prepare.
The certified fire protection specialists at Mac Systems in both Tulsa and OKC can help you stay prepared for a fire with regular maintenance and inspections. Call us today to schedule an appointment.