Firefighters should be aware of and appreciate the value of an effective Fire Prevention Program. Fire inspections are part of the Fire Prevention Program and can result in fewer fires, fewer fire deaths and a significant reduction in property losses due to fires. Fire inspections make your community a safer place to live, work and play.
Unit 1 - Outside the Building
Many fires start on the outside of buildings so your company inspections should start on the outside. This unit will discuss fire hazards that may be visible on the exterior of the building.
Unit 2 - Exiting
Unit 2 deals with exiting. Two of the most common elements of Fire Prevention are early detection of the fire and adequate exiting. In this unit we will discuss a number of terms used to describe exits and what makes up an exit, different types of exits, fire rated doors, methods to hold doors open, self closing devices, obstruction of exits, number of exits required, dead end corridors, exit signs and emergency lighting.
Unit 3 - Fire Separation
Fire separations along with early fire detection and adequate exiting are the three most import aspects of a fire safe building. In this unit we will discuss the ways in which fire separations can limit the spread of fire vertically and horizontally in a building and common problems found with fire separations.
Unit 4 - Fire Alarm Systems
A fire alarm system is one of the three most important fire safety measures in a building. As already covered in this program fire separation and adequate exiting are the others. This unit will identify when a fire alarm system is required, the types of systems available, the components that make up the fire alarm system and discuss maintenance and testing requirements.
Unit 5 - Portable Fire Extinguishers
Portable fire extinguishers are required in all buildings except dwelling units and are the most common fire protection installation encountered during building assessments. Firefighters should be familiar with the requirements for, and the types of portable fire extinguishers so you can determine if the level of protection is adequate and answer questions posed by the building owner or occupants.
Unit 6 - Fire Safety Plans
A Fire Safety Plan is a detailed document designed to deal with all aspects of fire safety relating to a specific building or property. The Fire Safety Plan is a reference document that supports effective building evacuation, identifies fire hazards, ensures building facilities are properly inspected and maintained and assists with fire suppression efforts.
Unit 7 - Sprinkler Systems
This unit presents information on the standards for the installation, testing and maintenance of sprinkler systems, and the types of systems commonly found, the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems and common causes for sprinkler system failures.
Unit 8 - Standpipes and Hoses
This Unit describes the purpose of standpipe and hose systems, the three classes of standpipes and five different operating methods. The focus is on the inspection, testing and maintenance of systems in conformance with NFPA 25.
Unit 9 - Commercial Kitchens
Kitchen fires are a significant problem which can be reduced by proper construction, installation and maintenance of commercial cooking systems. This unit provides basic information about commercial cooking systems, identifies some of the common system components and hazards, and provides information on system maintenance.