Prevention or Control, Are They One and the Same?
Fire is one hazard that can happen anywhere, anytime. Whether it is your home or office, effective safety equipment , is therefore, a must in all buildings, which is backed up by legislation. An attack from fire can create irreplaceable damage and loss of life. It is therefore crucial that you have systems in place to protect your assets from fire. So preparing yourself with quality safety equipment is a must.
Fire safety equipment can be divided into two categories: those for preventing the fire from breaking out and those for controlling and extinguishing the fire that has already started. As in other matters, prevention is always better than cure. Thus it always better to keep both in your building; for example, in a place like a factory, once the fire breaks out it could be uncontrollable due to the items stored there. Hence, it is has to be prevented from breaking out and if it does start off, it is important it is prevented from spreading.
Let’s check out some of the common fire safety equipment that are used to prevent and control a fire.
For Fire Prevention
Engineering, education, and enforcement have been staples in the fire prevention world for a long time, and preventing the fire is undoubtedly the best option. The cue here is to detect the fire as early as possible. Smoke alarms, fire alarms, heat actuated devices and cutting edge flame detection, are some means to detect smoke or fire at its initial stage. These items are installed in buildings, offices, homes, power plants, vehicles, etc. There are also fire protection practices like good housekeeping, compliance to standards and codes are designed create conditions that minimise the risk of a fire event starting.
For Fire Control
The next best way to deal with fire after prevention is control. The fire that couldn’t be prevented could be controlled if you act immediately. For example, automatic fire suppression systems, wet and dry, that work in conjunction with detection systems which are effective and localised. The humble fire extinguisher, cannot be overlooked, even building design in accordance with NCC (National Comnstruction Codes), is instrumental in controlling how, why and where a fire event reacts. On a more localised level, there are fire blankets that can be used to cut off the oxygen supply and thus prevent the spread of the fire over a material or a person.
Commercial buildings are required to keep fire safety equipment to stay in compliance with relevant, fire regulations and standards, many people tend to take it for granted and ignore these rules when it comes to one’s home. This, however, is not a healthy practise for chances of fire are equal in both residential as well as commercial buildings. Protecting one’s loved ones is always of highest priority.
If you have any doubts about the level of fire protection your home or office has, contact a reputable fire safety company ASAP, they will be able to advise what measures are required to not only comply to fire safety regulations but also to prevent loss of life or property.
Yours in Fire Safety