Mistakes should never be an option in fire protection in any type of building in Singapore. Any small error can cost damage to property and injuries to occupants, that is why every facet of the emergency procedure should be studied closely. Setting up an effective fire alarm system is a good start, but you need not stop there when it comes to safety.
Here are pointers to remember when it comes to fire protection.
• Do install fire suppression systems that will give you a chance to reduce damage to property and injuries. Fire suppression systems attempt to control or minimize the spread of fire and to isolate areas that are affected. These include the emergency elevators, sprinkler system, emergency doors, vent monitoring system for the air conditioning and ventilation, and others.
• Learn about the different detection and notification systems to better understand how an alarm works. Not all buildings are required to use the same layout and technology because the area, number of occupants, number of fire hazards, type of building, and the layout of the building should all be considered. Some buildings also require a different fire detector used in offices, restaurants, and public places.
• Consider using both visual and auditory notification systems such as sirens, flashing lights, and voice communication. In large buildings, it would also be practical to install a two-way radio communication to allow the personnel and other respondents to coordinate evacuation and control of fire.
• The alarm should be regularly inspected according to the set local regulations. Contact your fire alarm system in Singapore provider to schedule these inspections. Additionally, they are also responsible for the commercial system installation and maintenance.
• Do consider installing both automatic and manual siren if possible. Manual alarms can be used for other emergencies, too.
• Do maintain the extinguishers installed at strategic areas in the buildings as well as scheduling regular inspections for the foam systems or sprinklers. Ideally, a fire extinguisher should be available for occupants every 75 feet of space. The suppression systems must be checked if the valves still work and the drains are functioning when needed.
• Do keep all your documents, maintenance details, and repair reports of your warning system including false alarms, details of the scheduled inspections, and additions or upgrades to the system.
• Do test your alarm system and schedule evacuation drills so that the building occupants will remember what to do during emergencies.
• Make sure that all the employees or occupants in the building will know what to do in case of an emergency. They should be taught how to use the extinguisher, how to escort evacuees, where to go if there is a fire, and how to trigger a manual fire alarm.
• Do keep the detector system clean and operable at all times. Most false alarms are caused by a poorly-maintained smoke detector or heat sensor that may have been triggered by the accumulation of dirt and debris.
• Do not ignore the necessity for regular inspections of the fire system. Not only will you be violating the fire safety codes in Singapore, but you are risking the lives of the occupants in the building.
• Do not put off the inspections or change the schedule, because you will never know when something goes wrong. No one can predict when a fire will happen, but you should do your best to prevent it from happening.
• Do not forget to train the employees, residents, and other occupants for other types of emergencies besides fire. What makes the emergency alarm system so useful is that it can be a life-saver in other emergency situations such as earthquakes, extreme weather, and security threats.
• Do not assume that if one part of the system is working, the others work too. If an extinguisher has ever been used for example, it does not mean that it is guaranteed to work when needed.
• Do not forget to set up a system on how to contact the local fire department during emergencies. There are sophisticated alarm systems that will automatically contact the nearest fire department to save time.
• Do not block or close off emergency exits, stairs, and elevators. They must be clean, well-lighted, and operational at all times even if there is no emergency at all.
• Do not forget to install guides and signs on how to evacuate during emergencies so that the people will have an easier time getting out. There are guides on where to install the emergency lights and evacuation plans, usually near fire emergency boxes.
• Do not be cheap when it comes to safety. Life is not cheap.