Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fire Safety Tips For High Rise Buildings

Despite the breathtaking views they offer, high-rise buildings present specific fire safety challenges that are not present in traditional low-rise buildings. An increased density of people, complex utility equipment, and limited fire department access are all factors which can affect how fires start, and how quickly they spread.

If you find yourself living or working within a high-rise building, stay safe by familiarizing yourself with these fire safety tips to ensure you’ll know what to do in case of a fire-related emergency.

Know a Building’s Fire Safety Plan 

While fire safety features must be regularly inspected and maintained, high-rise fires are caused by similar factors as other buildings: electrical and heating systems, cooking, misuse of flammable materials, and arson. All high-rise buildings must be equipped with a thorough Fire Safety Plan. These safety plans are unique to each building, and contain specific safety information, including:

  • Evacuation plans and multiple routes to safely exit a building.
  • The location of fire alarms within the high-rise.
  • Emergency numbers for the surrounding area.
  • Procedures for occupants upon discovering a fire.

Learn the Appropriate Escape Tactics

Evacuating a high-rise building in the case of a fire can be especially tricky, due to the loss of electricity, panicked individuals attempting to escape, and the upwards flow of smoke in a building. Being unfamiliar with the safest methods of evacuation can be dangerous for yourself and the people surrounding you. When evacuating a high-rise building, implement the following tactics for a safe exit:

  • Never take the elevator during an evacuation, as electricity can be lost during a fire. Use the stairs, and close all doors behind you to slow the spread of the fire.
  • Listen for announcements being broadcast over the public announcement system in a building.
  • Check all doors for excess heat before opening them. If you find that a door is extremely hot, do not open it. Seal all openings, and try to find a nearby window to alert the fire department of your location instead.
  • Stay calm and try not to panic. Panic quickly spreads, and make an evacuation attempt more dangerous.

Practice Everyday Fire Prevention

No matter if you are living or working in a high-rise complex, developing fire-safe practices improves safety not only for yourself, but everyone else in a building. Practice fire prevention by implementing the following actions:

  • Have emergency numbers posted throughout the building, and saved in your phone.
  • Do not store or use highly flammable products within a building.
  • Limit the amount of fuel for fires, such as paper, in the building. Going digital is great for the environment, as well.
  • Know how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and post the P.A.S.S. (press, aim, squeeze, and sweep) acronym by all extinguishers.
  • Check all extension cords and outlets for wear and tear, and replace when necessary.
  • Have multiple mapped-out evacuation routes within your office or home.

The professionals at Bison Fire Protection strive to deliver fire protection solutions, with high-quality results. Call 204-237-3473 to learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment with a fire safety expert.

Posted by Rob Read at 11:56 AM


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