Fire Safety: Essential Equipment You Need to Install Before Inspection

Fire safety is one of the most fundamental requirements in modern commercial spaces. When you think about the number of people who traverse these spaces daily, it makes sense when local authorities implement strict measures to ensure safety in case of a breakout. The safety regulations will vary from one locality to another. You need to stay abreast of the requirements in your area so that you get all the safety approvals you need. Part of the process of getting the certification is a thorough examination of the safety equipment you have installed to mitigate the risk of fire. Here is a look at some of the fire equipment that regulators look for:

Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System (EWIS)

Detecting fires early and warning the occupants in the building is crucial to preventing the devastating eventualities of a breakout. An emergency warning and intercommunication systems (EWIS) is the tool you need to bring this to life. The EWIS comes alive when the fire indicator panels transmit signals to the alarm. This activates the warning systems and a voice message with resounding evacuation instructions for anyone who might be at risk. The beauty of this system is the ability to reach many occupants at a time to ensure that everyone can respond within the shortest possible time.

The best EWIS systems have dedicated emergency telephone integration with fire response teams to facilitate fast response in case of an emergency.

Automatic Fire Suppression Devices

While your focus may be moving people away from the danger zone, it also helps if you have systems to suppress the fire. You have several options when it comes to these suppression devices so you need to choose carefully and make sure you have something that works for your commercial space. These devices include:

Gas Systems

These are gas systems stored in liquid forms and pressurized using special gases such as nitrogen. The gas system reacts with the fire by cutting out the oxygen supply and keep it from spreading. Gas systems are the best fire suppression devices for electrical switch rooms or rooms with many electrical devices where the use of plain liquids worsens damage to the items in the space.

Water Mist Systems

Water mist systems rely on water-based mist to evaporate and form a blanket over the fire, cutting out the oxygen supply. They are the best alternative when you have a limited budget to fire suppression devices. Water, which is the suppression agent, is relatively affordable compared to special gases like nitrogen.