Fire safety is paramount no matter who you are and where you live. Residential buildings are required to have smoke alarms. Industrial and commercial buildings should do all they can to ensure their fire protection plan is up to date. The last thing you need to worry about if a fire breaks out is if your alarm system is correctly working.
Having a fire protection plan for property management is critical as well. You may not realize it, but if you are a property manager, you bear the responsibility of making sure your building is fully equipped to handle a fire if one were to breakout. If not, you are responsible for the result of the fire.
Many people live in the buildings you manage. Even if the smallest fire started, it has the potential to quickly spread across the whole building, endangering every person inside. Without adequate fire protection, you are putting all the lives inside your property at risk.
Make the initial investment to have everything you need to protect your clients from a fire. Let’s take a look at the different types of systems you should have in place, and why each of them is important to have.
Fire Sprinkler Systems for Property Management
A fire can happen at any moment and spread throughout the entire building in a matter of seconds. A property like an apartment building that houses multiple families at one time will have many flammable belongs inside. Once a fire starts, it wouldn’t take long for it to spread throughout one unit and make its way to the next one. Before you know it, flames would engulf the whole building.
Protect everyone inside your building and the structure you manage with a fire sprinkler system. Depending on how severe the fire is, the system is capable of slowing the fire down until emergency services arrive or putting the fire out entirely altogether. Either way, the result is in protecting the lives inside and reducing the chance of significant damage to the building.
There is more than one sprinkler system to choose from. CrownFire has multiple different systems that we work with, including (but not limited to):
- Wet automatic;
- Dry automatic; and
- Anti-freeze loops.
Typically for a rental property, a standard wet automatic fire sprinkler system is what you would consider. The system is made to do one of three things to control the fire:
- Lower the temperature of the fire to below combustion levels;
- Remove the oxygen in which the fire feeds off of; or
- Eliminate the fuel source of the fire.
Once installed, your sprinkler system should be checked on a regular basis to ensure it is working correctly. You will also want to know how the system works and how to run it.
Fire Alarm Systems for Property Management
A fire alarm can save a life. Whether it be a simple smoke detector or a full building alarm, once triggered by the fire, it will send out a loud noise to alert the residents of a fire in the area. Without them, by the time someone notices a fire in the building, it could already be too late.
Installing fire alarms is not something to consider; fire alarms are mandatory. There should be a smoke detector in each bedroom of a residential building or unit. Not only that, there should be a smoke detector on each level as well as hallways connecting to a bedroom. They should be regularly checked to make sure they are still working, also changing the batteries should become a habit.
In property rental places, including any businesses, a more intensive fire alarm system should be installed. Some systems are automatically triggered when there is smoke in the air (similar to a smoke detector). They can also tie to emergency services which would then notify the fire department or anyone else needed when there is a fire. These types of alarm systems save you steps so that all you need to focus on is getting everyone out of the building safely.
CrownFire works with you to customize the type of alarm system you require inside your property building. We will also keep up with the required inspections needed on the system, as well as providing documentation for proof that it is working.
Fire Extinguishers for Property Management
Sometimes a fire extinguisher can be your first line of defence for putting out a fire. If it starts off small, you would be able to grab the device and put it out before it triggers the alarm system or sprinklers. The quicker you can get to the fire and extinguish it, the better chance you have of preventing any damage.
The more procedures you have in place, the better chance you have of being in control of a fire. Ensure there is a fire extinguisher available on every level of your property. They should be close by that if needed, it is evident as to where they are.
There are different types of fire extinguishers available depending on what you need. CrownFire can supply you with portable, automatic or wheeled extinguishers. If you are unsure of which one you need, we will work with you to ensure you have the correct ones.
Not only that, there are different fire extinguishers for different fires. Not all fires are the same, which means they need different methods used to put them out. A Class A extinguisher is quite standard and used when there are items like cloth, paper or solids like wood in the fire. A Class B is needed when flammable liquids are involved. If there is an electrical fire, then a Class C extinguisher would be required. Also, depending on the size of the building and the height of the ceilings, the size of the necessary extinguisher will change.
Just like with any other fire protection system, your fire extinguisher needs to be regularly maintained and inspected. Fire extinguishers expire, so routine checks will let you know when they need replacing.
Exit and Emergency Lighting for Property Management
Trying to maneuver your way through a building that is pitch black is difficult. Now imagine you are trying to escape a building in which smoke fills the air, and a fire is around the corner. Without some form of lighting, tenants are more likely to panic which makes leaving the building a more challenging task.
Emergency lighting would activate in the result of a power outage – quite common if a fire breaks out. They run on a backup power source like a battery which means they will work when there is no electricity running to the building.
Not only does emergency lighting help with those inside the building, but it will help when emergency services needed to go inside the building. So installing emergency lights should be a top priority on your fire safety plan.
Included on that list should be exit lighting as well. The more obvious an exit is , the quicker people will be able to leave a burning building. During an evacuation, each second matters. So by having lights and signs directing people where they need to go, it will help them evacuate in a calm and quick manner.
CrownFire will ensure you are getting the right emergency and exit lighting you need for your property and its building codes. This also includes routine maintenance and inspections to ensure it continues to work properly.