The Importance of Fire Inspections
March 22, 2018
Regular fire inspections add to an already full schedule but we’ve got a few reasons it benefits you – the building or business owner – to keep up with them annually.
Mitigate Fire & Life Safety Hazards
The number one reason for fire inspections is life safety – to keep all building occupants safe from potential fire threats. Regular inspection, testing and maintenance make for safer working and living environments so employees, residents and their guests are protected.
Additionally, faulty alarms not only waste city resources, such as that of the local fire department, but can also put lives in jeopardy. Prevent accidents and expensive fees – which many jurisdictions will charge – for nuisance alarms; ask us about preventative maintenance packages for your business.
Avoid Breaking the Law
Fire inspections are required by the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72), which means they are THE LAW. Regularly scheduled fire inspections help to meet the requirements of your local building department, fire inspectors and even your insurance carrier. Sign up for an automated fire inspection schedule so you don’t have to remember to satisfy your local authority.
Reduced Insurance Premiums & Limited Liability
Every dollar counts! It’s not uncommon for insurance carriers to offer discounts – or business premium reductions – for properly installed, maintained and professionally monitored fire-protection systems. Following procedure allows business owners to limit liability for any potential injuries suffered by tenants, employees or guests to your business. Furthermore, your insurance claim may be rejected if you cannot produce proof of completed, regularly scheduled fire inspections.
Lost Patrons, Jobs & Money
Not all fires cost lives, but all fires cost something. They can not only result in the loss of patrons for your business but also jobs. Up to 80% of all small businesses that experience a large fire close without reopening. Of the businesses that do reopen, prolonged absences usually result in a long-term loss of the existing customer base. Not to mention, the costs to repair the damage, even with the help of insurance, can be astronomical.
It’s easy to see why mandatory fire inspections should be viewed as a benefit to the building or business owner, rather than a hindrance. Fire codes, standards and ordinances vary by jurisdiction, city and state, so it’s important to know the rules where you conduct business. Don’t forget to prep for your annual fire inspection and follow through promptly with any suggested corrections. Lastly, if you don’t own your building, check with the owner to ensure their fire alarm inspections and all system are up to code. As always, contact us for further guidance.