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Firepoint: January 2019 Bulletin 237

Posted by Firepoint on 2019-01-23 09:43:23 EST

First & Second Stage Fire Alarm Audibles.

Most building operators can relate to a host of fire alarm conditions which can occur, leading to the evacuation of their occupants whether there was an actual fire situation or false alarm. At the moment the fire alarm system audibles sound, it may not be immediately clear what created the alarm or what was to follow.read more...

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Firepoint: December 2018 Bulletin 236

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-12-20 08:58:02 EST

12-Month Fire Safety Plan Review

As the New Year approaches, some building operators are considering reviewing and updating their fire safety plans. One of the most popular questions which arises is that if no changes have occurred in the building, why is it necessary to review to the fire safety plan. Although changes may not have been made to a building over time, the probability of amendments to the fire code is high. read more...

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Firepoint: November 2018 Bulletin 235

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-11-20 10:24:42 EST

Enhancing Fire Safety Awareness for Tenants

It is of the upmost importance for the elected supervisory floor wardens to be thoroughly familiar with the building fire alarm system and the various tones of the audible devices which may sound in the building. It is the building manager’s responsibility to familiarize all occupants with the emergency procedures, and to provide them with the ability to monitor their own environment. read more...

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Firepoint: October 2018 Bulletin 234

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-10-31 08:50:15 EDT

Identifying the Building Fire Hazards

Identifying the fire hazards in a residential or commercial building in advance is a huge asset to the property management teams as it allows them to implement proactive corrective measures and reduces the overall risks to the building occupants. This strategy becomes one of a property operator’s first lines of defense in safeguarding the occupants and minimizing the property damages. read more...

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Firepoint: September 2018 Bulletin 233

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-10-11 15:26:19 EDT

Fire Safety Plan Annual Review

Depending on their size and classification, some buildings are seemingly in a constant state of change with renovation or construction activities. For this reason, the fire code requires that each building fire safety plan (FSP) is reviewed at intervals of no greater than twelve months. This undoubtedly may seem like a huge task as the FSP can easily run over sixty pages, and a building manager can be overwhelmed with the update process.

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Firepoint: August 2018 Bulletin 232

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-08-31 10:56:40 EDT

Building Fire Watch

The fire code requires that buildings equipped with fire alarm systems are to be fully operational at all times. However, a building manager can be faced with a fire alarm panel repair whereby the system must be temporarily disabled for a scheduled period of time. This results in all the fire and smoke sensors, manual pull stations and audibles being off line while the maintenance work is being completed. read more...

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Firepoint: July 2018 Bulletin 231

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-07-12 12:58:46 EDT

Occupant Evacuation Readiness and the FSP

Ensuring that a Fire Safety Plan (FSP) is up to date as deemed necessary, at increments no greater than 12 months, is a requirement under the fire code. It is also a requirement to accurately implement the FSP to ensure effective utilization of fire safety systems and adherence to current building evacuation procedures. To protect the occupants in the event of a fire, it is the building manager’s responsibility to familiarize all occupants with the emergency procedures, and to provide them with the ability to monitor their own environment. This shared accountability and advance preparation aims to provide a higher level of evacuation readiness.read more...

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Firepoint: June 2018 Bulletin 230

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-06-18 13:30:55 EDT

Preparing for Building Emergencies

Although building codes contain sizing requirements for exit ways and corridors to ensure that the maximum number of occupants may escape quickly in the event of a fire emergency, additional steps are to be taken towards minimizing the risk to occupants.
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Firepoint: May 2018 Bulletin 229

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-05-16 10:39:49 EDT

Becoming Familiar with Fire Emergency Procedures

Whether one owns or manages a building, the responsibility of identifying all potential risks for fires is a high priority. By far, the best line of defense to reduce injuries from fires is to prevent the fires from occurring in the first place. This is followed by implementation of an approved fire safety plan (FSP) to ensure the building occupants gain confidence and become familiar with emergency procedures.read more...

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Firepoint: April 2018 Bulletin 228

Posted by Firepoint on 2018-05-11 10:25:27 EDT

Building Escape Routes

Building management must maintain clear paths of escape, a sufficient number of suitably protected exit ways, emergency lighting, and signage. If a rapidly-spreading fire occurs, all occupants must be able to leave the building without injury and without being trapped by the fire. Occupants must know the location of all emergency exits and alternate paths to safety. read more...

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