We all know that having working fire/smoke detectors, alarms, and fire extinguishers in our homes can prevent tragic loss and irreparable damage. The same holds true for business facilities. However, the codes and standards for a commercial space versus a home are different, and they can vary by jurisdictions as well. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) codes are the rules and standards are the method by which the rules are applied. There have been major events in history that have triggered modifications to national fire codes and standards. The Station Nightclub fire in West Warwick, RI in 2003, and The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub fire of 1942 in Boston, MA are a couple examples of why and how fire codes have changed throughout the years.
If you are a business owner, you know the importance of protecting your facility, employees, and assets/inventory. How can you be sure your business is code compliant? In all likelihood, if you’re currently in operation, your building/facility has passed an initial inspection. However, yearly inspections are required and codes are revised every 3-5 years. If you are renovating or adding on to a space you will have to schedule a new inspection. For this reason its best practice to involve an expert from the start of a project to avoid any major hiccups.
You’ll need the proper fire safety equipment which can include smoke detectors, fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and possibly a sprinkler system. Integrating these features with your alarm system is crucial for a quicker response from emergency services. Installing a wireless smoke detector that is not connected to your alarm system doesn’t notify local services in the event of an emergency. The only person that type of detector benefits is someone on site or nearby during an emergency. What if no one is around?
Failure to comply with the proper safety and code requirements can lead to inspection rejection and fines. Our licensed professionals at Perfect Connections, Inc. can ensure the safety and code compliance of your business by installing the proper fire safety equipment as part of a comprehensive business security system. If your facility is located in Northern or Central New Jersey, our team can guide you through the process from initial assessment to final installation. You have enough on your mind already, let us help you avoid mental anguish.
Reasons For Code Non-Compliance:
- Egress is not met. This includes corridors, latching mechanisms, and access controls
- Improper storage of combustible materials
- Inadequate emergency lighting
- Outdated fire extinguishers and other safety equipment
- Electrical issues (i.e. improper use of extension cords)
- Blocked access to fire hydrants
- Sprinkler system isn’t labeled correctly
- For more information check out com & NFPA
How Hiring A Professional Can Help:
- They know what types of security equipment will work and comply with fire codes
- They may already have a relationship with the local fire official
- They can communicate technical information to contractors, architects, & engineers
- They know how to integrate fire alarms and smoke detectors in a comprehensive security system
- They understand the importance of code compliance and fire safety
- They know how egress can be affected by different access controls
- They will help you avoid penalties and failed inspections by implementing proper installation
Call our licensed professionals at Perfect Connections, Inc. to perform an assessment of your business facility. Let us help you discover how to protect your business with a comprehensive security solution that includes fire alarms, smoke detectors, and CO detectors.
If you live in Central or Northern New Jersey and would like information on any of the topics discussed above, please call 800-369-3962 or simply CLICK HERE.
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