Every home and place of business should have at least one fire extinguisher on hand. While you hope you’ll never have an emergency on your hands, you need to be prepared in case a fire does break out. To help you understand why you need this precautionary step, the team at GMW Fire Protection in Anchorage, AK, explains the importance of installing fire extinguishers in your building.
Why Your Building Needs Fire Extinguishers
They Are Effective
Every second matters when a fire starts. It can take a matter of minutes for a small fire in your kitchen to spread to the rest of the building, putting everyone’s lives in danger and destroying your property. Fire extinguishers are the most effective tool in fighting fires, allowing you to act quickly and extinguish the flame before it spreads. They use compressed air to aim a suppressant at the flame, removing either the heat or oxygen to effectively put out the fire. They will work when water will not. For example, grease or electrical fires will only become more dangerous if you try to put them out with water.
Businesses Must Meet Safety Codes
Commercial fire protection is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). OSHA requires that businesses have portable extinguishers installed in their buildings for the sake of employee safety. They will need to analyze the fire threats and have an extinguisher appropriate for the fire type. For example, if the building has a kitchen, an extinguisher designed for grease fires must be installed near the kitchen. Not following these regulations leaves the employer open to liability if someone is injured or killed in a workplace fire.
Fire extinguishers can save lives and save a lot of money by limiting fire damage. The team at GMW Fire Protection can set you up with a system that will follow all the necessary codes and keep everyone as safe as possible. In addition to extinguishers, they can install fire alarms and a fire sprinkler system for you. Contact them at (907) 336-5000 to discuss what your property needs.