building owner or owner’s authorized agent, you should be aware of and
appreciate the value of effective fire prevention. Fire inspections are part of the Fire
Prevention Program overseen by your local Fire Department and Fire Safety
Authority. A fire safety awareness and inspection program will result in fewer
fires, fewer fire deaths and a significant reduction in business interruptions,
occupant inconvenience and property losses due to fires. Fire Safety inspections and self-assessments
will make your business, and community a safer place to live, work and play.
Unit 1 - Outside the Building
fires start on the outside of buildings and spread to the building. This is why
the fire safety self-assessment should start outside.
Unit 2 - Exiting
Unit Two deals with exiting. Two of the most common elements of Fire
Prevention are early detection of the fire and adequate exiting. Together they are designed to notify the
occupants in the early stage of the fire and provide a safe and reliable means
to escape. 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 for convenience, self closing devices, obstruction of exits,
number of exits required, dead end corridors, exit signs and emergency
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 & 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.