Fire Protection For Apartment Buildings

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Apartment buildings usually have a large number of occupants with different needs. A fire protection engineer will have to take the following into account:

  • Where is the apartment building?
  • How big is the apartment building?
  • How many tenants are on the premises?
  • Are there any tenants with impairments?

    Fire safety goes beyond just having essential fire protection equipment installed in a building. The overall exit strategies, maintenance plans and tenants’ education of safety rules all contributes to a safer building.

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    Finding the perfect tenants for apartment buildings can be challenging. You need to ensure that your tenants respect fire protection rules as you do not want a fire caused as a result of vandalism or neglect. Here are a few tips for ensuring maximum fire safety:

    Owner:

  • Work with a reputable fire protection company that can give you advice on devices and equipment such as sprinklers and alarms.
  • Ensure that all occupants and staff are fully aware of their responsibilities in terms of fire safety
  • Have more than one escape/ emergency procedure
  • Keep up to date with all necessary fire safety tests and inspections

    Building manager:

  • Approve and maintain a fire protection plan and ensure that the plan is carried out correctly
  • Be familiar and comply with all codes and regulations
  • Hold regular fire drills
  • Train staff to be competent in all required safety duties for when you’re absent
  • Provide important information to firefighters, such as location of stairs, elevators and service rooms
  • Keep all passageways, stairways and exits unobstructed
  • Keep all electrical panels and controls to the sprinkler system working and clear of any obstructions
  • Keep storage clean and organised
  • Ensure all flammable liquids are in closed containers (unless instructions say otherwise) and stored away properly
  • There should be a fire extinguisher placed on every floor and other areas that the fire protection engineer deems important

    Everyone should work together to ensure maximum safety.

    For more information, read:

    http://www.nfpa.org/ safety-information/for- consumers/occupancies/high-rise- buildings

    http://www.lumarfireprotetion.com/fire-safety- for-apartments