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Prevent Commercial Fire Damage to a Phoenix Business By Being Prepared

9/24/2015 (Permalink)

Keep Your Fire Extinguishers Fully Charged

SERVPRO Will Restore Your Commercial Building in Phoenix After Fire Damage

A commercial property owner in Phoenix should be aware of how to inspect properly fire protection equipment. Doing so may help prevent fires and limit the adverse impact that fire damage has on the commercial property. Learn more about how to handle various pieces of equipment by reviewing the short outline provided below:

Fire Extinguishers

Each commercial building must be equipped with fire extinguishers. The number of fire extinguishers required will be determined by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Fire extinguishers should be placed so that individuals do not have to cover more than 75 feet to reach them. Additionally, the extinguishers should be placed close to exits, so employees are not forced to move deeper into the building to grab one.  Quickly subduing flames will limit fire damage. It's a good idea to discuss the necessary maintenance procedures with the responsible entity that periodically inspects and replaces these valuable fire-fighting tools.

??Emergency Lights/Exit Signs

Almost every commercial building has emergency lighting and exit signs. A commercial inspector is not required to determine whether the business owner has a need for them. However, when exit signs and emergency lights are present on the property, commercial inspectors should inspect them to ensure that they are functioning properly. Both pieces of equipment have test buttons that the inspector can press. Exit lights should remain illuminated constantly. When the test button actuated, it causes a power outage. In turn, this will cause a secondary source of power to light up the sign. Thus, the exit sign should be fully illuminated prior to the button being pressed. Once the button is pressed, a quick flash of light will indicate that the equipment has switched to its second source of power.

Fire Sprinkler/Standpipe Systems

Fire sprinkler systems will sometimes require testing by state-licensed personnel. The inspector will analyze the sprinkler system's components and educate the client about the equipment. Some of the maintenance requirements for this fire suppresant system include:

• Monthly verification that each of the control valves is opened
• Quarterly Main Drain Test conducted by in-house maintenance personnel
• Annual inspection of the system by a professional fire sprinkler contractor

Every commercial business owner in Phoenix wants to keep his property safe from fire and its resulting fire damage. By having the local fire marshall inspect on a fixed schedule, it can limit the likelihood of a fire. Remember, that SERVPRO, a premier fire damage restoration company is never more than one hour away from getting your business back up and running. Our professionals are effective in providing commercial business owners with the high-quality inspections and assessments needed to start the process from water extraction to final restoration.

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SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency in Phoenix regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

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