MOUNTAIN VIEW – When it comes to fire safety, staying compliant with code requirements isn’t always as simple as it seems. Here are three tips to help you optimize fire safety in your home or office and avoid costly liability/compliance issues.
Paint smart. If you’re having your home or office painted, make sure the painters completely cover up all sprinkler heads and escutcheons (protective covers for electrical circuit breakers). According to fire code requirements, any sprinkler heads that get paint on them have to be replaced, which, if added up throughout an entire building, can result in a costly expense.
Check licensing. Fire safety protocol requires different licenses for testing different systems. For instance, a c10 license gives a safety inspector the ability to test a fire alarm system, but testing a sprinkler system requires a c16 license. Since both of these systems require routine testing, hiring an inspector that’s only licensed for one can result in a liability issue. That’s why it’s important to ask for proof of adequate licensing credentials.
Keep fire doors clear. Many buildings have fire doors in hallways, so if you’re installing new carpeting, it’s important to pay attention to the carpet’s height. Fire doors must be able to open and shut very easily, so if the new carpet obstructs them in any way, you may have to replace it again.