Firefighters have the enormous responsibility of safeguarding the public. They’re called to duty at all hours of the day and willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect others. It’s a noble, admirable job that few people can do. What many can do, however, is make their job a little bit easier by taking some basic precautions. From parking properly to installing a fire sprinkler system, here’s what you need to know.
Ways You Can Aid Firefighters
1. Treat Fire Hydrants Appropriately
Emergency response teams need to have access to fire hydrants. If they’re blocked by a vehicle or covered in a coat of heavy snow, firefighters can’t access the necessary water supply right away. This could waste valuable time that should be spent addressing the blaze. Therefore, take the time to clear the area around the hydrant. Similarly, avoid parking nearby, since this could easily impede their efforts and may result in a fine or towing if you are caught.
2. Install a Fire Sprinkler System
Installing a quality fire sprinkler system can help control the blaze before the firefighters even get there. These devices react to either the heat or smoke that a blaze produces, activating a stream of water that dowses the area and, hopefully, keeps it from spreading or growing out of control.
3. Create an Emergency Evacuation Plan
An effective plan allows you to account for everyone in the building in the event of an emergency so that you can alert firefighters if someone is missing. To further streamline the process, make sure to install proper emergency and exit lighting throughout. Some businesses also invest in key boxes that can be opened by the fire department, so they can enter flame-filled areas without having to resort to breaking down doors, which can slow their progress.
The professionals at GMW Fire Protection take your safety and security seriously. That’s why they’ve served homeowners and businesses throughout Alaska for more than 15 years. Based in Anchorage, the company can install an effective fire sprinkler system or fire alarm to ensure the protection of everyone in your home or workplace. Visit them online to learn more about their extensive services, or call them at (907) 336-5000 with questions.