What to Include in Your Building Inspection and Fire Safety Checklist
If you're a business owner, you know that your number 1 priority is keeping your employees safe.
But if you work in a building, a million different things could go wrong. In fact, 1,027 Canadian workers died on the job in 2018. That's more than 100 people every week.
So how do you protect yourself and your workers? Conducting a regular building inspection prevents unseen problems from becoming life or death issues. Because of the constant threat of a fire, regular fire safety checks should also be conducted.
What are the essential elements of a building inspection and fire safety checklist? Read on to find out.
Make Sure You Are Code Compliant
In Alberta, the government has an established set of building and fire safety codes for you to follow. These codes have been assembled by teams of experts and are the bare bones by which you can keep your employees safe.
For instance, according to the Alberta Building Code, venues for public gatherings may not block exits with any substantial items. Should a person wish to set up an exhibit, the Emergency Response Department must approve the floor plan.
Please note some regulations differ from one type of building to the next. As such, it is useful to research the proper regulations for your building before adding them to your checklist.
Check Fire Safety Equipment
Often, your first line of defense against a fire is fire safety equipment. Because of this, safety inspectors should ensure the equipment works and meets regulations.
Most cities have mandates pertaining to fire equipment. The measures usually regulate where companies keep the equipment. This includes how many fire extinguishers should be present per square foot.
Also, inspectors should make sure that routine upkeep has been completed on any sprinklers or fire safety panels. If any warning lights are on, those should be addressed as well.
In Alberta, the National Fire Code dictates those authorized to perform inspections should write up tags after the inspection.
Other Important Building Inspection Checks
While fire safety is important, you will also want to do inspections on other aspects of your building.
These inspections include checking the heating, plumbing, and electrical systems, as well as the building structure. When conducted correctly, these checks prevent both costly and life-threatening emergencies.
Inspectors should also review occupancy certificates, evacuation plans, and construction permits. Feedback on these items will help you address any unforeseen problems.
How To Keep Yourself Safe
If you want to go beyond the checklist and hire experts to help keep you safe, Amptec Fire and Security is here to help.
Headquartered in Edmonton, we offer fire and building safety services throughout Alberta. From equipment installation to building inspection, we provide you with top-notch service.
We also maintain compliance with local laws and regulations regarding building safety. As a result, when you hire us, we guarantee that your building will be inspected according to those standards!
If you're interested in making your building safer, please contact us today!