According to the NFPA, from 2010-2015, there were 109,000 apartment fires, causing 400 deaths, 4,170 injuries and $1.3 million in property damage. In apartment buildings, fire protection systems can play an important role in saving the lives of the building occupants when a fire breaks out. The fire protection system in apartment buildings should include fire sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers.
Fire Sprinkler Systems
Every apartment building should have a fire sprinkler system to protect the building occupants. Fire sprinklers have the ability of putting out fires before they spread and get out of control. It is very important in an apartment building to put out a fire quickly because a lot of lives are at stake. Fire sprinklers should be designed to fit your apartment’s needs. Sprinklers can be designed to fit the aesthetics of your building.
Fire Alarm Systems
Fire alarm systems help promote life safety by alerting apartment residents of a fire, so they can evacuate safely. When a fire is detected, the apartment’s fire alarm system will activate automatically, warning people of the fire. Apartments also have manual fire alarm pull stations. When there is a fire, you should try to pull the alarm before you exit the building.
Apartment buildings should have fire extinguishers that are conveniently located for the building occupants to use. When a small fire breaks out, you may be able to stop it from spreading by using a fire extinguisher. Make sure you know the locations of your building’s fire extinguishers and know how to use them. When a new tenant moves in, show them the location of the extinguishers and train them on how they should be used.
Fire Evacuation Routes
Having fire evacuation routes in place can help people evacuate a burning building safely. Every room should have more than one escape route. You should have a fire evacuation route posted in every unit so tenants know how to quickly and safely leave the building.
Fire Protection for NYC Apartments
At W&M Fire Protection, we can design and install a fire protection system for your apartment building. We can install fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems to make your building a safer place. We also provide inspection and testing of your systems to keep them running properly. W&M serves customers in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. We can work with high-rise NYC apartment buildings where fire safety is very important. With over 50 years of experience in the fire protection industry, we are able to provide you with superior fire protection services. Contact us to learn more about the fire protection services we provide.