Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Importance of Fire Protection System Upgrades & Retrofit

 

When it comes to protecting your business, a professionally installed fire protection system is your first line of defense during a fire-related emergency. Fires can start and spread quickly, so it’s vital that your fire protection system is well-maintained and up to date.

Ideally, your businesses fire protection system will include a variety of protective means, such as sprinklers, emergency lighting, a fire alarm and suppression systems, and portable fire extinguishers specific to the potential fire hazards your building contains.

The Importance of Up to Date Fire Protection Systems

Not only does your fire protection system protect the assets of your business, but more importantly, it protects the people you employ. The most obvious and important reason to keep your fire protection and suppression systems are for the safety of yourself and your employees. However, there are other reasons to make sure that your fire protection system is in good working order, including:

  • Meeting local fire codes and standards. Within all cities, towns, and municipalities, there are local fire codes that businesses must adhere to. By ensuring that your fire protection and suppression systems meet these codes, you can avoid steep fines or legal situations.
  • Notifying people of immediate danger. As mentioned above, the most important function of a fire protection and suppression system is its safety capabilities. Some available fire protection systems are complete with a variety of alarms to notify people of all abilities of a fire-related emergency, while others can show emergency personnel exactly where a fire is located in a building.
  • Keeping fires at bay. In the chance that a fire breaks out, an up to date fire detection, protection, and suppression system can detect any fire or smoke and suppress the fire itself. With accessible pull stations and automatic dispensing systems for suppressive materials, your building can stay as protected as possible from both smoke and fire.

Does Your Fire Protection System Need an Upgrade or Retrofit?

Over time, fire protection systems are prone to the same wear and tear as other mechanical systems in a business. To stay on top of your fire protection system maintenance, make sure that you schedule a regular inspection appointment with your local fire protection service provider.

There are some signs to keep an eye out for that may point to a need for maintenance or upgrade of your fire protection equipment, such as:

  • An older fire protection system. According to State Systems Inc., the average life of a fire protection system is between 12 and 15 years. If your fire protection service is reaching this age, or has already surpassed it, it may be time to consider replacing the system, as replacement parts will become harder to find.
  • Individual part breakdown. Due to age or malfunction, critical components of your fire protection system may fail. When this is the case, it’s vital that the part is upgraded or retrofitted to maintain the integrity of your system.
  • Changing fire safety codes. Although it’s becoming increasingly rare for a fire safety code to go through a major change, even minor changes can impact your fire code compliance. When a fire safety code does change, make sure you get in touch with a local fire protection service to make sure that your fire protection service meets compliance.

With an up to date fire protection system, you can keep both your business and its personnel safe. Bison Fire Protection offers comprehensive inspections and fire protection system upgrade services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. For more information or to schedule your next appointment, call 866-441-3473 or find us online.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:22 AM

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