Top 3 Life Safety Tips
Life safety upgrades in building codes can help save lives, property and the possibility of prolonged, expensive litigation. Without life safety codes and upgrades, people could get trapped in stairwells during fires, warning systems could fail or businesses could face costly remediation. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 38,000 fires impacted industrial or manufacturing properties alone from 2011 to 2015. The Life Safety Code® protects people based on building construction, protection from faulty equipment, and occupancy features such as emergency building exits and automatic sprinklers for buildings higher than 75 feet. While fires are usually due to electrical distribution and lighting equipment in structures under construction or renovation, according to the National Fire Protection Association, other causes can be due to anything from smoking to aging equipment.
In the following article, Troy Swinney, PE, provides his top life safety tips for keeping clients and projects safe.