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Four Easy Ways to Ensure Fire Safety in Commercial Buildings

In Australia or most developed countries, the overall incidence of fire-related accidents has seen a continuous decrease in recent years, due to sophisticated equipment and knowledge related to fire safety. Typical places where fires occur include schools, offices, and various public and commercial buildings, which is why despite the decreasing incidence of fires, utmost care and planning should still be exercised when it comes to fire safety and prevention.

For business owners, building supervisors and the like, it is very important that you are aware of building fire codes that are currently being implemented in Australia. Apart from enforcing a comprehensive plan, it is also suggested that you and your employees should undergo proper training so that the important points of safety in commercial buildings be imbibed by the building occupants. Here are four easy ways to ensure fire safety in commercial buildings.

Conduct a fire risk assessment

The first thing that needs to be done is to conduct a thorough fire risk assessment. Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) Clause 144, By enlisting the help of a professional, you will be able to identify possible risk areas that need to be addressed-be it faulty wiring, no fire-proofing, non-regulated equipment, sub-standard design, and so on. The professional will then come up with a list of suggestions to help the building conform to Australian fire safety standards. Indeed, this is the crucial first step in ensuring complete safety in the building.

Draw up a fire safety plan

Once the problems have been identified and the possible solutions suggested, it is now time to draw up a comprehensive safety plan that will address all problem areas identified. This plan should also include the allocation of equipment throughout the building premises, a complete escape route complete with properly marked routes and exit doors, dissemination of information related to fire-related accidents, and so on. Do remember that drawing up a safety plan is not just an option but a mandated regulation in Australia. Thus, this step must be conducted accordingly.

Undergo proper safety training

As previously mentioned, fire safety training is required for all building occupants. This ensures that everyone knows the right kind of information and possesses the skills needed to prevent a fire from occurring or to react to a fire that has become unmanageable. For example, the fire safety training will teach employees how to properly use a fire extinguisher (which type for what kind of fire), identify symbols, sound the alarm at the appropriate time, and so on. The training will also teach the employees about fire risks and other crucial information related to building fires.

Install proper firefighting equipment and signs throughout the premises

Finally, there is a need to adopt an active approach to fire safety by installing firefighting equipment throughout the premises. These pieces of equipment will provide active fire protection when and where these are required, and include fire extinguishers, fire blankets, etc. On the other hand, passive firefighting equipment includes alarms and sprinklers. Apart from these, regulated safety signs should be installed in proper locations throughout the building.

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