The fire safety equipment for any residential, commercial, or industrial setup is one of the most important possessions. This is not because we use them frequently but because in case of any emergency, they are a detrimental factor in saving the life of anyone inside or in the vicinity of a building. This makes it important to ensure from time to time that they are in perfect working condition as they can prove to be the life-saving factor for any emergency due to the breakdown of fire in any building. The major equipment that most industrial, commercial, residential or any other type of buildings require or install for safety includes fire safety alarms such as temperature and smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire hydrants, and fire blankets. To ensure their working condition, we perform fire safety equipment inspection.
What is a Fire Safety Equipment Inspection?
The complete process of testing the functionality and working conditions of all fire safety tools and pieces of equipment is what we call a Fire Safety Equipment Inspection. This includes testing them for any malfunction or identifying fault in the working of the equipment. This reduces the chances of equipment failure in case of an emergency that can prove instrumental in saving the life of a person. This also involves checking the refill status of certain equipment like fire extinguishers whether they are filled or not. To perform this inspection you need certified, trained, competent and expert professionals who have complete knowledge about the working of these pieces of equipment and possible areas where fault can arise.
Fire Safety Inspection Checklist to Conduct Assessment
- Maintain a clear path of Egress :
The path of Egress is the emergency exit path that leads you out of the building. It is important to ensure that it is clear, easily recognisable, and free from any kind of obstructions including jammed doors.
- Check the Electric Power system Layout :
The complete electric system including all wirings and installations should be according to the national safety norms and in good condition with proper coverings and casings.
- Test the Working of Alarms and Fire sprinklers :
The water sprinklers and fire, temperature, and smoke alarms should be in working condition. They should respond to similar values of abnormalities as rated during the fire safety equipment inspection and testing.
- Analyse the Fire Extinguishers Closely :
The fire extinguishers are the most important and easy to use fire safety equipment and so it is important to analyse them closely. They should be easily accessible from all points in the building and completely recharged at the time of fire safety equipment inspection. It is also important to ensure that they are working normally and so should be free of rust or any other damage.
- Check the level of preparation :
The employees that work in the building or the people that live, should have proper knowledge and training about what should be their line of action in case of emergency. So, it is important to check their level of preparation for any emergency.
Closely following this fire safety equipment inspection checklist will help you in avoiding any loss to life in case of emergency and will minimise the chances of any mishap that can cause an emergency.