inspected or tested in four or five years, they're
definitely going to go after you for that on a
Fire Protection Basics
for Commercial Buildings
No matter what type of building you manage,
there are three duties that you need to either
take care of on a regular basis or bring in a
third-party contractor for, Neale says.
n Inspection: You need to do regular visual
checks of each fire detection, notification or
protection device and make sure everything
is still intact and the unit appears to be in
operating condition. This should happen
as often as every month if possible, Neale
Are your fire detection, notification and response systems up to scratch? A com- mercial fire protection system needs
regular inspections, maintenance and testing to
make sure it can keep your occupants safe in an
If you haven't kept up with a regular main-
tenance schedule, catch up now to avoid the
potential legal nightmare that could result if
you have a fire and your system doesn't func-
tion the way it should.
"One of the first things your property insurance carrier is going to ask for after a fire is
a copy of your inspection, testing and maintenance requirements, and if it turns out you
haven't been maintaining them in the way
they could use that
as justification for
denying a claim,"
explains Rob Neale,
principal of Integra
Code Consultants. "If
there's a tort involved
– someone got hurt
or was killed and
there was a proximate cause related
to the fire detection
system – there could
be legal ramifications.
"If you have a hotel
fire, for example,
and someone is hurt
or killed and the
family discovers that
you haven't had the
fire alarm system
This occupant use fire hose is still
partially full of water, which will make
it hard for people to remove it from
the rack during an emergency, potentially slowing down their response.
Your Fire Safety
Be Falling Short
Are you lacking in any of these areas?
The fire door at this hotel has
had the closer removed. It’s more
convenient because the door
won’t automatically close every
time someone opens it, but it also
can’t slow the spread of a fire.