Are you in charge of minimizing your company’s fire risk and keeping employees and patrons safe? Do impromptu fire protection inspections haunt your dreams? You’re not alone! Properly functioning fire systems are essential to maintaining a safe and secure environment. They help detect and contain fire, protect people from smoke inhalation, and preserve property from destruction. But staying on top of a large building’s fire equipment and safety components can be a challenge.
The best way to ensure these systems work 24/7 and ease the pressure on your safety team is to have third-party commercial fire protection inspection services on a regular schedule. Not sure what to expect from these inspections? Take a few minutes to read the following information and you’ll see how easy fire safety can be with a fire protection partner.
What is Required to Perform Fire Protection Inspections?
What is required for fire protection inspections? First, you must know the multiple code requirements from different organizations specific to your business and the type of goods and services you provide. Restaurants and commercial kitchens require different fire protection equipment and must meet different fire safety codes when compared to a warehouse or big box store.
Fire safety codes are mandated and upheld by:
- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Your local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
- The International Code Council (ICC)
- Your insurance company
Not only must you meet their codes, but you must also show documented proof that your building’s fire protection systems, fire sprinkler, water supply, fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and other fire equipment are in working order.
To perform commercial fire system inspections, extensive knowledge, training, certification, and licensing are required to do a proper job and ensure you not only meet code requirements but that you stop fire before it spreads, keeping people safe from harm.
AIE’s nationwide fire inspection team is often recognized by Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ); we know exactly what the AHJ looks for, so those impromptu inspections can be smooth sailing.
What Does a Commercial Fire Inspection Company Examine?
When a fire-safety expert conducts preventative fire protection inspections, that person knows exactly what to look for in your building to meet all national, regional, and local codes. He or she will ensure all components of your fire system meet the requirements set forth in those codes and regulations. The inspection typically starts with an examination your physical fire suppression system and mechanisms.
- System controls
- The pump room
- Smoke detectors
- Fire and smoke alarms
- Fire extinguishers
- Fire suppression system
- Water pressure levels
- Backflow preventers
- Sprinkler heads
- Pumps and valves
Simultaneously, your technician will evaluate the condition of all equipment and connections to determine if any repairs or maintenance are needed.
Fire Safety Documentation
Beyond inspection of the physical components of your building’s fire safety system, technicians review documentation related to installation and service records. They may also review maintenance logs to confirm that regular inspections have been conducted, as well as any necessary repairs or replacements performed in accordance with code requirements.
Fire Inspections Also Include the Newest Codes & Structures
Fire code compliance is an ongoing process; as codes change or new areas are added to a structure, these must be inspected and approved in order to maintain safety standards. An experienced technician will stay on top of these changes and help you become compliant.
What is a Fire Suppression Inspection?
Your fire suppression system includes sprinkler systems, extinguishers, alarms, and exit routes for optimal performance in the event of an emergency. The goal of any good fire suppression system is not only to detect a fire but also to contain it until it can be extinguished. An experienced fire suppression technician will perform multiple inspections to ensure your suppression systems are working and recommend needed improvements.
How do You Know Which Commercial Fire Protection Companies to Hire?
Your commercial facilities have a specific layout, equipment geared toward your operation, and unique maintenance and service needs. That’s why you need one reputable commercial fire protection company that services all your nationwide locations, knows your business, and can step in with swift repairs. But how do you know which company to hire?
There are many fire protection companies across America, but only one with 24/7/365 emergency services and a nationwide network of the best fire protection technicians — Alternatives in Engineering (AIE). For forty years, we’ve delivered the most effective fire safety solutions at the most efficient value and with the most reliable service. You’re busy and don’t have time to deal with the complexities of fire safety inspections. We can do it for you without disrupting your daily responsibilities.
Are You Fire Code Compliant?
We Offer the Best Commercial Fire Protection Inspection Services
Only the best fire protection inspection services will help you remain code compliant and maintain your equipment to a high standard. Regular fire protection inspections in your commercial facilities performed by experienced professionals such as AIE, help you meet all applicable safety standards set
forth by local ordinances and state laws. You will also gain peace of mind knowing that your employees and customers are fully protected in the event of a fire emergency. And let’s not forget the added bonus — when the fire department stops by for that unannounced inspection, you’ll have nothing to worry about!
If you have multiple regional or national locations and need assistance with any aspect of commercial fire protection services or would like more information about how we can help protect your business from potential fire dangers, contact us today for a no-obligation conversation. 800-892-9863