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A Three-Step Approach To Making Your Building Fire Safe

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With more than 1 million fires reported in recent years, you need to do all that you can to protect your residential or business building from these fires. There are three phases to going about this — prevention, notification, and suppression. When you tackle the spread of fire with this three phase approach, you drastically diminish the likelihood that you'll deal with one of these fires. With this in mind, read on and apply these three principles. 

Prevention: Enforce Fire Avoidance And Keep Safety Equipment Nearby

The key to avoiding fire loss is nipping most problems in the bud through prevention. Start by holding fire safety training as part of employee protocol if you're operating a business, and teach everyone in your household about fire safety if dealing with a residential building. Always run regular sweeps of the property to catch any fire hazards or electrical hazards that can lead to fire. You can also stock up on some fire extinguishers so that you're able to jump into action should you notice something smoking or a small fire brewing. Depending on the type of fire extinguisher that you need, it can cost you between $10 and $800.

Notification: Shop For The Best Fire Alarm System

A professionally installed fire alarm system can be the difference between life and death, health and injury, and whether or not you lose property. Because of this, you need to shop for the best residential or commercial grade fire alarm system for your building. Every alarm system's different — some will simply make noise, while others will flash lights as well. Some alarm systems will also notify the authorities right away. Regardless of which fire alarm system you need, shop with a contractor that can help you. A fire alarm system can cost between one dollar per square foot and six dollars per square foot.

Suppression: Nip The Fire In The Bud With A Fire Suppression System

There are many different types of fire suppression systems, so shop wisely. If you have electrical equipment or would rather not kill the fire with water, there are some systems that use a special blend of chemical powder instead. Make sure to have a contractor out to your building to make measurements and figure out which system will be best. A fire suppression system can cost anywhere between one dollar per square foot and ten dollars per square foot depending on your building.

Utilize these points to make your building is safe is it can be from fire.