Fire prevention and fire protection: 3 crucial rules

Fire Supression System

It only takes a few seconds for disaster to strike in a building. Make sure you are aware of the fire prevention and fire protection rules that will keep lives, properties and other valuables as safe as possible.

Construction features

When designing a building there are very strict safety regulations that need to be adhered to. Some of these safety regulations, like emergency exits, can save lives. During the construction phases of a building, the following questions must be adhered to:

  • How does the distance between firefighting apparatus and the building terrain affect fire fighters’ efficiency?
  • Are there any obstructions around the building area that will restrict fire fighters from reaching the building quickly?
  • What is the interior layout of the building, will fire fighters be able to enter the building easily? What about ladders and staircases for quick vertical access?

    Fire Prevention Principles

    Fire prevention principles applies during both the construction phase as well as end product of a building. Access for fire apparatus and firefighters should be in place from the beginning of construction

  • Pre-incident planning is important for bigger buildings. Firefighting services must learn important information about facilities in advance of an emergency.
  • Inspection tests and emergency drills are a crucial part of fire prevention principles and should happen at least twice a year.
  • Effective and ongoing maintenance of fire protection and suppression systems is equally as important as regular fire drills.

    Fire control/suppression systems

    Despite the attempts to prevent a fire outbreak, building designs must still make use of fire suppression systems. There are various fire suppression systems for different industries. You may want to read more on different systems used to fight different fires.

  • Fire sprinkler systems provide early fire control or extinguishment and can save fire fighters a lot of time for search and rescue operations. The way that fire sprinkler systems are designated to specific zones is very important.
  • A properly designed, approved and installed standpipe system is crucial for delivering water supplies in emergency situations. Standpipe system location, pressure regulating devices and fire hose connections are the three most important aspects here.
  • It is important that all installations are monitored and tested to adhere to building regulations and safety and insurance requirements. There is a wide range of fire protection products that building owners and construction workers can look at for fire protection.