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Top 3 Infractions Discovered During Fire Safety Inspections, and How to Avoid Them

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Fire safety is an essential component of any building plan and orgnisational health and safety plan. And because of the importance of fire prevention in any structure, in Whangarei, Kaipara, Far North & Auckland there is Fireco to help.

We are all required to ensure regular compliance inspections, which includes a review of the building’s fire safety systems. This means that, far in advance of a fire inspection, you should be aware of the most likely infractions at your workplace and take the necessary precautions to avoid them.

We all know that neglecting fire safety measures is a bad idea that can result in astronomical fines and expensive repairs, but these costs can be mitigated with enough forethought and planning.

Here are the top 3 fire safety inspection violations and what you can do to prevent them from happening:

Unsafe storage of potentially dangerous products is a frequent finding during fire safety audits. All kinds of potentially dangerous compounds, such as those that might catch fire (including recycling)l, fall under this category. These items should be kept in a secure position, far from any open flames or appliances that could overheat. Keep these things in fireproof containers with tight fitting lids if appropriate.

Inadequate or antiquated fire safety measures are another major issue discovered during safety checks. These include items such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems and exit signs.

It is your duty as a property manager or owner to ensure that all of these things are always in good functioning order and up to code. If you have fire safety equipment installed on your property, having it inspected at regular intervals will help you stay in compliance with local regulations. That said, Fireco can be consulted on a regular basis to assess fire safety.

Inadequate exit routes are another frequently found breach of fire safety codes. This means making sure that there is adequate space for everyone to safely exit the building in an emergency situation without any obstructions blocking their way out. Things like furniture or storage boxes should never be placed in any pathways leading to an exit point as this can create a dangerous situation if there were ever a need to evacuate quickly due to a fire or other emergency situation occurring on the premises. 

Taking proactive steps now can save you from having costly repairs or fines down the line when it comes to keeping your property up-to-date with fire safety regulations. 

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Fire safety inspections exist for a reason— by understanding the common violations associated with these inspections, you can take the necessary steps now to ensure your building is compliant with all regulations before the next inspection comes around again.

Fireco can get your business ready for fire inspections and keep everyone safe while doing so. If you have any questions or would like more information about our fire safety expertise, please contact Fireco now at 0800 101 232 or send an email to info@fireco.co.nz. We can also assist you with locating fire safety equipment to further improve your facility’s fire protection.

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